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'Scrubbing' chemical-contaminated buildings clean with lasers
Date:5/20/2010

g facades. And these industrial operations often use automated lasers, demonstrating that laser work can be done remotely, minimizing risks to remediation personnel responding to a chemical or radiological attack.

Fox stresses that laser decontamination is in the proof-of-principle stage, and is not an anti-terror panacea. Still, several government agencies are paying close attention.

As for biological decontamination, like what was needed in the U.S. after the 2001 anthrax attacks, Fox has not yet tested bacteria-laden surfaces.

"I don't know," he says. "But I'm willing to shine my light on anything."


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US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology
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