Boston Bombings: High Tech Bomb Spotters

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

The bombings at the Boston Marathon brought home the challenge law enforcement faces battling smaller and smaller explosives. Trace looks at the detection methods used today, and how new technology will help make us safer in the future.

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“Marines Look for New Ways to Spot Wood and Fertilizer Bombs”

“Finding a roadside bomb was never easy, even back when insurgents made their improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from old artillery shells and other metal parts.”

“T-Ray Tech Spots Bombs, Drugs from a Mile Away”

“Scientists have replicated Superman’s X-ray vision to see through clothing or packages in order to spot security threats.”

“How Bomb-sniffing Dogs Work”

“When the phone rang one morning in 1972 at Trans World Airlines’ New York City headquarters, the caller on the other end delivered a bomb threat.”

“How can you train honeybees to sniff for bombs?”

“Police and military personnel have been using dogs to sniff out explosives for decades.”

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24 comments

Zapren Kostadinov April 18, 2013 - 3:51 AM

Bomb sniffing android all the way. . dogs are for petting now exploding :)

asdf89786 April 18, 2013 - 4:08 AM

April 23 very nice middle of the week huh why not on weekends that we are not busy

pricila April 18, 2013 - 4:35 AM

that's a few people to much that had a life ahead of them.
your comment is what i call ignorance. let people mourn if they want to.

pricila April 18, 2013 - 4:36 AM

o.0

Adri April 18, 2013 - 4:51 AM

Some people may not genuinely know, how is that insulting? If they're trolling then I get it, but still…

Danny Beachnau April 18, 2013 - 5:08 AM

TIGERS!

gkjonson123 April 18, 2013 - 5:15 AM

I want the bees xD

Lisa1162 April 18, 2013 - 6:15 AM

think it was the couple bombs going off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon….people died, people lost limbs, etc…

wakka chaka April 18, 2013 - 7:18 AM

finally! a military job i would feel epic doing.

Lethal Teacup April 18, 2013 - 8:16 AM

OH GOD. Now all I can think of it that terrifying mechanical sniffer dog in Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451. D: Though when applied to bomb-finding it WOULD be useful… >.>

Carlos Sanchez April 18, 2013 - 11:02 AM

It's so amazing how we are able to create machines that could even smell!

Ellen Sy April 18, 2013 - 1:14 PM

reminds me of dr.keen's invention in the richie rich the movie! :D

FreeGoro April 18, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Great. Bomb sniffing, brick throwing android dog. Skynet might find that useful.

MissAppleicious April 18, 2013 - 8:03 PM

I want the android to be able to envelop the bomb and contain any explosion

d1664256 April 19, 2013 - 1:09 AM

I suspect that the dogs are way cheaper than the giant laser machine, but city governments will buy the giant machines anyway because, hey, it's not their money.

Eddieflat182 April 19, 2013 - 6:09 AM

Technology never ceases to amaze!! Bomb sniffing robots? Bring it on!!! Awesome

Michael A. D. April 21, 2013 - 2:48 PM

the problem with all of them is that if i bump into someone at the airport that has come in contact with drugs, explosives etc. some of the particles get transferred to me and will end up in a small room getting beet up…

vince junior April 22, 2013 - 3:36 AM

What would happen if we were to run out of bees?

Richard June 11, 2013 - 6:44 AM

That explains why all the bee's are dying…

LovableTapeworm June 12, 2013 - 8:31 AM

Dr. beees

lordsheen world of tanks June 29, 2013 - 6:29 PM

Is it true the boston marathon was a blast?
I kindof regret not going because everyone says that :(

Mark Acosta June 30, 2013 - 3:26 AM

Dog

jeehoo22 August 15, 2013 - 5:01 AM

i took a class in college once where a bomb sniffing dog and his master/police officer came to the class. the police officer said that bomb sniffing dogs often die several years earlier than non-sniffing dogs because they develop nose cancer. the cancer is caused by the vast amounts of hazardous materials they are made to sniff.

while i think it's great we have a way to detect bombs, drugs, and other dangerous materials, looking into alternatives methods is a must.

Grae Hall August 30, 2013 - 8:31 PM

I'm waiting for bomb sniffing t-rexes.

Given their comparative sense of smell – they are the ultimate bomb sniffers.

Provided we can, y'know, control their whole t-rex behaviour :P