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TSC Update: University Research Contributing to a Safer America
Scientific research conducted at universities across the country is helping to make our nation safer and more secure. From nano-materials research to mine engineering, and plasma physics to differential reflectometry, and behavioral science to biosystems, science is at the core of the tools, technologies and policies that aim to keep us safe.
This TSC Update highlights some recent examples of research in areas including explosives detection and blast mitigation, screening and surveillance, infrastructure security, cyber security, food safety and bioterrorism and the psychology of terrorism. It includes a look at how researchers are using byproducts from coal-burning power plants to take the blast out of ammonium nitrate fertilizer; have developed a new technique for zapping dangerous pathogens like anthrax that also holds potential as a tool for destroying cancer cells; and have taken a device developed to assist in the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and adapted it for use in scanning vehicles, luggage and cargo vessels for nuclear materials. It also highlights many of the research centers located at universities around the country that are conducting a wide range of security-related work.
About The Science Coalition
The Science Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of the nation's leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to maintaining strong federal funding of basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, drive innovation and secure America's global competitiveness. Learn more at www.sciencecoalition.org.
Download a PDF of this TSC Update.