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Plant disease under the homeland security microscope
...ry system will provide information concerning pest alarms
or weather conditions thatcould trigger outbreaks. According to GPDN director Dr. Jim Stack at KSU, the web-based Plant Disease Information System is designed to help land-grant personnel submit plant samples, digital images and other details for r...
Current smoke alarms pass life-saving tests
...at both types of commercially available home smoke alarms
(also called smoke "detectors") consistently provi...roves that even with a three-minute warning, smoke alarms
still offer enough time to save your life," Bukowski stressed. "When the alarm sounds, it is importa...
Pacifying bacteria prevents lethal post-op infections
... in intensive care, where almost every thing we do alarms
these bacterial passengers." Suddenly nutrients no longer pass through the intestines but are dripped directly into the blood stream. The bowel decreases its activity, rendering it far less able to contain the toxic effects of certain strains of b...
Linking the immune system with lipid metabolism
... complex (MHC). MHC molecules are like the burglar alarms
that warn the immune system that a pathogen is invading. However, NK T cells also express the "NK" innate immune cell receptors and may have the ability to see some of the lipids that bacteria like Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cau...
Diamond film may enable critical new sensors for bioterror
...to detect nearby biological agents, but also sound alarms
and even call for help. The new technology, which has been reported in a series of articles in scientific journals and at scientific meetings, is centered on a newfound ability to make highly stable, DNA-modified diamond films. The ability to build a...
Listen up! Infrasound is talking
...ns from nuclear tests. This network triggers false alarms
when sufficiently energetic bolides enter Earth's atmosphere. Douglas Revelle will present new predictions for how often incoming bolides from space will trigger the nuclear test warning system. Beyond false alarms, Al Bedard will describe the role ...
Baxter's HomeChoice Pediatric dialysis system receives market clearance from FDA
...ortable and easily stored, and has built-in safety alarms
and easy-to-use controls, which set and monitor fluid levels. In addition, the therapy is performed overnight while the patient sleeps so interruptions in a childs daytime routine are minimized. For instance, the therapy does not interfere with a c...
Anthrax - How to protect ourselves
...ays Stoutland. But if there is a chance of false alarms
as with other antibody tests, organisations may be reluctant to use such machines. At Johns Hopkins University, however, Wayne Bryden's team is developing mass spectrometer built into a detector the size of a large suitcase, which he says can disting...
Saving Florida's gentle giants
..., the sensors detect it, activate audio and visual alarms
and open the gates. This protection is provided while either one or both gates are moving. The sensors are fully functional in zero-visibility conditions. The results to date? Not a single manatee death has occurred in any of the gate closings at th...
The ultimate pocket protector--radiation detection made easy
... isotopes were a constant source of false security alarms
for Customs officials. They wanted an instrument that could quickly detect the kinds of radioactive materials they really worry about-materials such as weapons-grade plutonium. To detect materials such as plutonium, Aryaeinejad needed to be able...
NIEHS urges safety workers to prepare for Y2K false alarms and malfunctions
...s should make Y2K computer checks to prevent false alarms
at the beginningof the Year 2000 -- or the possibi...epare for somemalfunctions to occur anyway -- from alarms
that fail to elevators anddecontamination equipment that won't work. NIEHS Director Kenneth ...
Chemical "Nose" Could Sniff Out Landmines
... methods have drawbacks ranging from frequentfalse alarms
to fragility to complex operation. A device based on Swager'spolymers is currently being tested. The invention might have other applications as well. For example, Swagerenvisions a system that would replace security spot checks: "Everyone walksthro...