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Technology to smooth today's travel turbulence

From CNET Magazine: Smartphones, online services and biometric scanners are already easing the way for travelers. Expect even more tech to transform your journeys in the not-too-distant future.

By October 3, 2015


Scientists capture first super-res X-rays of living cells

While lower-energy "soft" X-rays can already image living cells, the higher-energy "hard" ones that can view objects as small as a few nanometers haven't been able to -- until now.

By February 28, 2014


Biochemist says 'naked' X-ray scanner may be unsafe

University of California professor says Obama administration claim that scanners are safe is based on "many misconceptions." He and his colleagues are preparing a response.

By November 11, 2010


iPad maker Foxconn turns to X-ray inspections to cut defects

The supplier to Apple is adding inline X-ray inspection systems, in a move seen as a way to improve efficiency and reduce product defects.

By March 5, 2012


DHS' X-ray scanners could be cancer risk to border crossers

Homeland Security is deploying X-ray scanners to inspect interior of vehicles crossing the border, according to documents obtained by a privacy group, raising new concerns about cancer and privacy risks.

By January 12, 2012


Ancient X-ray machine reawakened, for science

X-ray tech is more a hundred years old, and doctors in The Netherlands have powered up an old machine and compared it with a modern one. It stands up well--if you don't mind the radiation.

By March 17, 2011


The case of the incredible shrinking Swiss cheese holes

A Swiss agriculture lab finds that the modern process of cheese making is making Swiss cheese look less Swiss cheesy.

By May 29, 2015


Philips comes full circle with massive bet on lighting and health-tech

The 123-year-old Dutch company has ruthlessly cut ties with TV, audio, and the categories that have made it most famous. Can an ageing population put this venerable firm back on top?

By October 10, 2014


BlackBerry hopes 'love it or hate it' Passport earns it a second chance

The embattled smartphone manufacturer is betting its oddly shaped device will turn some heads.

By September 24, 2014


Congress: Undetectable 3D-printed guns are still illegal

Legislators vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that are able to slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines.

By December 9, 2013