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Your cell phone may be used to track down nuclear radiation

Your cell phone may be used to track down nuclear radiation

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Your cell phone may be used to track down nuclear
radiation
Submitted byCellG eek on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 11:42pm.
Remember that scene in The Dark Knight where Batman hijacks every cell phone in the city to
track down The Joker?

If researchers at Purdue University have their way, it might actually become a reality, as they're
currently working on a project called "Distributed Nuclear Detection by Ubiquitous Cell Phone".
Using triangulation in the same way as Batman did or maps in iPhones, a special chip would be
put in every single cell phone that would detect nuclear radiation, so if someone ever tried
building a "dirty bomb" it could be found before he or she ever left the house.

The biggest road block to such a product, other than civil liberties issues would be price, as
depending on the amount of cell phone using it, the price per chip would between $50-$100 per
chip. However, for triangulation to work, the more cell phones bouncing back information the
more precise a location the government could get on the bomb, so mass production would be
critical.

But returning to the civil liberties issue, while the government is spying on the bad guys, they
also could be spying on you - meaning the Soviet Union didn't die, it just relocated.
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