New technology offers hope to thirsty fliers

Date:1 June 2011 Tags:

A scanner that screens the liquid inside almost any container may be adapted for use at airports, if a study funded by the US Department of Homeland Security pans out. Matthew Augustine of the University of California, Davis, invented the machine, which can identify liquids by the telltale way their molecules rotate when exposed to magnetic waves. Augustine says he hopes to see such a scanner ready for the Transportation Security Administration within two years. — SARAH FECHT

Video: Watch a video of Matthew Augustine explaining the ins and outs of his liquid scanner.

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