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12:05 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Los Alamos Works On Airport Liquid Scanner

Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are working to perfect a technology that could eliminate the need for travelers to toss their liquids when they go through airport security.

A lab team has combined magnetic resonance with low-power X-rays that together can better distinguish between harmless liquids and those that could be used to make explosives.

The goal is to see what's inside an unopened bottle.

Lab physicist Michelle Espy leads the team that's developed a device they call the MagRay. She says neither travelers nor airport security officers like the current ban on liquids in containers larger than three ounces.

The ban has been in place since an al-Qaida plot to sneak liquid explosives onto U.S.-bound planes was thwarted in 2006.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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