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The DHS' new molecular scanner sees everything

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The DHS' new molecular scanner sees everything
Welcome to America...

Imagine a device that can instantly tell if you may have been involved in a drug deal, recently fired a gun, what you just ate, and if you're hiding anything under your clothes. Sounds like sci-fi? Don't worry, it's not it's just the latest wonderfully intrusive project from your friends at the Department of Homeland Security.

Alright, so the whole deal sounds a little bit far-fetched, and it's hard not to lean a little towards the skeptical side of things. But if such a device were plausible (the DHS says that they'll be employing them in the field within a couple of years), it would give whoever was controlling it an unprecedented level of observation. If you thought the naked airport scanners were creepy, you ain't seen nothing yet.

The machine, which looks a little bit like an old radio, is being built by a company called Genia Photonics. Basically, it shoots a laser off into the distance and, for what is for all intents and purposes instantaneously, sends data on a molecular level back to a computer which analyzes the wavelengths and patterns to figure out what it's looking at. Not only does that mean it will be able to tell if you're trying to hide a gun, it also means that it'll know if you have any traces of drugs on your body or, if someone cared, how many hairs were on your head.

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