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Date:2/9/2011

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HOMELAND SPECTROSCOPY

Explosives in airports can be hard to detect but two new creations could make detection easier and airports safer. Abhishek Kumar and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Lowell created a new fluorescent polymer developed to respond to trace elements of explosives in the air. A thin film of the polymer solution is smeared on a flat surface, like a glass slide, and exposed to the air being tested. By shining a light on the sample and measuring the amount of fluorescent light emitted, it's possible to quickly determine whether the film has been exposed to even a tiny amount of a chemical bound to the polymer. The creators are currently working to produce a small commercial device with multiple sensors whose redundancy could help reduce false-positives. The polymer can be mass-manufactured and distributed broadly at a low cost, bringing enhanced explosive detection to airports around the world. Srikanth Singamaneni and colleagues at Washington University developed flexible and durable swabs that will enable security officials to use a more sensitive form of spectroscopy, called surface enhanced Raman scattering, to search for traces of explosives in cars, suitcases, and other containers.
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NEW TAKES ON PHYSICS AND EDUCATION

Comic books as educational tools? Rebecca Thompson, of the American Physical Society's Outreach Department, will talk about the use of comic books to teach physics to children. She'll discuss
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