TITLE

Penning an answer to terrorism

AUTHOR(S)
Pierce, Julia
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Engineer (00137758);1/14/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7666, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that Israeli researchers have designed a portable tester that can identify improvised explosives commonly used by terrorists. The Peroxide Explosive Tester (PET) resembles a thick three-coloured pen and responds to tiny traces of the substance thacetone triperoxide (TATP). TATP is easy to prepare and difficult to detect, hence its popularity with terrorists. The explosive has been used in suicide bomb attacks on buses, shops and nightclubs in Israel. The PET can produce a result in around 20 seconds and researchers are currently working to reduce its size further.
ACCESSION #
15694893

 

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