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February 10, 2010
Are airport full body scanners a danger?
Since the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a plane over Michigan, there has been discussion of using the "full-body" scanner. Such scanners were rushed into operation at London's Heathrow Airport February 1st. There are now questions being raised about the safety and privacy of this new technology. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) "Technology Review" reports the technology can harm human DNA: "The evidence that terahertz radiation damages biological systems is mixed. "Some studies reported significant genetic damage while others, although similar, showed none," say Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a few buddies. Now these guys think they know why.Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they've found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant...(Read Full Post)