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New Effort Puts Radiation Sentinels at the Borders

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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1633
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5522.1633

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VIENNA-- For the last several months, travelers and luggage passing through customs here at the international airport have been scanned by a neutron and gamma ray detector. So far the focus has been on the detector's performance. But the stakes will go up this summer, when officials begin to search any baggage that triggers the radiation sentinel in an effort to catch nuclear smugglers.