February 17, 2011 6:39 AM

California scientist adapts wine scanner for Homeland Security use

Scanner technology originally developed at UC Davis to test wine in the bottle is being re-engineered to tell shampoo from explosives at airports. That means travelers could be able to carry soda cans or full-size tubes of toothpaste through security and onto jetliners in the not-too-distant future. The Department of Homeland Security has taken a keen interest in the project, bankrolling it and putting it on a fast track, scientists say.

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