Simple compact laser system could detect presence of explosives
extra extra newspaperEast Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Sep 9, 2013 – A simple, compact system could bring laser technology to the task of bomb detection at security checkpoints, researchers at Michigan State University say. University scientists report they’ve developed a laser that can detect micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage. “Since this method uses a single beam and requires no bulky spectrometers, it is quite practica … more

Russia’s Syria arms plan wins cautious welcome

Moscow (AFP) Sept 10, 2013 – Russia’s proposal to stave off threatened US strikes Syria through a handover of chemical weapons received a cautious welcome Tuesday even from backers of military action, with President Barack Obama describing the idea as a “potential breakthrough”. Only the opposition fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for control of Syria openly denounced the Russian idea, describing it as a … more

IAEA head reaches out to new Iran government
Vienna (AFP) Sept 09, 2013 – The head of the UN atomic agency reached out Monday to Iran’s new government but said Tehran must urgently do more to remove suspicions it wants nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency “remains committed to working constructively with Iran, under the country’s new government, to resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means,” Yukiya Amano told a meeting of the IAEA’s board o … more