March 5, 1999
Sandia National Laboratories
Now a portable machine, built at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories and still in the laboratory stage, offers a different way to see what's in the package: through use of reflected, rather than transmitted, X-rays.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - You come upon an unfamiliar briefcase leaning against a wall in the building in which you work. Or maybe it's sitting on a chair that shouldn't have a briefcase on it. If no one claims it, you might be tempted to open the latch to see to whom it belongs and return it. But if the thought occurs that, just maybe, this could be a bomb set by a crank or terrorist, how would you find out without blowing yourself up?
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