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Firefighting Technology Roundup: Bioterror Detection, Heat-Monitoring Sensor, and More

By Mary Jane Dittmar Safety Reflector Basis for Bioterror Threat Detector At a meeting of the American Chemical Society held in April in New Orleans, researchers reported that they have been developing tiny versions of retroreflectors that can detect bioterrorism threats and diagnose everyday infectious diseases. The reflectors are based on the technology used on sneakers and bicycle fenders to help ensure the visibility of runners and riders in the dark and on roadways to guide motorists. According to Richard Willson, Ph.D., leader of the research project: "Our goal is the development of an ultrasensitive, all-in-one device that can quickly tell first responders exactly which disea...

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