Friday, December 01, 2006

Mannequins on planes

TSA testing out backscatter X-ray security.

Seems like a leap into the movies, but as the article states, this technology has been around for quite a while. Biologists have been using X-rays to characterize protein structure for almost 50 years now, going back to when John Cowdery Kendrew won a Nobel Prize for having characterized the structure of myoglobin, the key protein that binds oxygen in the muscle tissue.

It feels vaguely Max Headroom-ish.

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