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    Somewhere, I've seen nontechnical accounts of NEST having some method of remotely detecting a nuclear device in (for instance) the hold of a ship.  I didn't think much about this problem, but presumed this was some active detection method (aiming a neutron beam at them and watching what scatters, or something like that).  Is this pure science fiction?    

    How about shipping containers?  I understand we do something in our ports to check them for nuclear materials without actually opening and searching each container.  Are we detecting tritium in this case, or something else?

    I'm afraid this is rather a hole in my knowledge - damn hard trying to be a Renaissance man nowadays ...

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      in the paper about the neutron beam approach and don't know much more about it.  I find it unlikely that there is portable technology that could be reliably and safely used covertly in public places but who knows?

      "Men...think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." - Charles MacKay

      by mstein on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 06:12:23 PM PST

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