Algorithm could sniff out smuggled nuclear material

A new algorithm could speed up detection of weapons-grade nuclear material at national borders to protect against nuclear terrorism, researchers report.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology algorithms nuclear-weapons radiation security terrorism

Bricks can become ‘cameras’ to locate nuclear material

A new method can turn bricks into 3D "cameras" to help find clues in the hunt for weapons-grade nuclear materials.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology imaging-technology nuclear-weapons plutonium radiation

States with gun license laws have 56% fewer mass shootings

In states with gun licensing laws that require an in-person application and giving fingerprints, there are fewer fatal mass shootings.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture consumers crimes deaths guns laws weapons

Gun owners don’t actually sleep better

Gun owners aren't sleeping better or feeling happier than others, according to a study that contradicts claims that guns provide a sense of safety and empowerment.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine society-and-culture guns happiness sleep weapons

If nuclear war blocks the sun, ocean life is in trouble

A nuclear war that cooled Earth down could be dire for the world's oceans, particularly in terms of worsening ocean acidification.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change nuclear-weapons oceans wars

38% of mass shooters have committed domestic violence

New research on the overlap between domestic violence and mass shootings suggests firearm restrictions could help prevent these tragedies.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 24, 2020 ~4 min

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A dash of silicon improves boron carbide body armor

New research marks "a step forward in designing superior body armor that will safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat."

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science military safety silicon weapons

System uses video from 3 phones to find shooters

A new system can locate shooters through video and audio from 3 smartphones, which could help protect human rights workers and journalists.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology guns machine-learning mobile-devices sounds video violence weapons

Test your own blood with this device after nuclear disaster

A self-administered radiation blood test would take some burden off medical systems after a nuclear attack or disaster.

Marian Frank-U. Arizona • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine blood-tests emergency-medicine medical-devices medical-tests nuclear-weapons radiation

Funding for child gun death research is 30X too low

The mismatch between child firearm deaths and funding to investigate the issue may help explain why such deaths among young people have climbed, say researchers.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Oct. 14, 2019 ~7 min

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