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After contamination, U.S. naval fleet repositions

The U.S. 7th Fleet announces temporary repositioning of its ships and aircraft away from the Fukushima Daichi plant in Japan after 17 Navy helicopter crew members are exposed to low levels of contamination.

By March 14, 2011


Tomatoes, melons, cucumbers grown on thin films

Japanese hydrogel R&D firm is growing a cornucopia of plants on film instead of soil. The film prevents bacteria and viruses from harming the plants, so chemicals aren't needed, which could be useful when soil gets contaminated.

By August 17, 2011


Report: Trojan a factor in fatal Spanair crash?

A crash that killed 154 people two years ago may have been partly caused by a mainframe contaminated with malware, according to a report in Spain's top newspaper.

By August 20, 2010


Pass the tissue? Drive it over here instead

Using a standard remote-control chassis, you put a tissue box on top and drive the absorbent paper to its destination. Think of it as a bomb disposal robot that enters dangerous contaminated territory where no man should tread.

By October 31, 2009


Norwegian firm testing what may be 'world's smallest' helicopter

Indoor-outdoor, pocket-size mini-chopper is a must-have for looking into hostile or contaminated areas, says company.

By April 20, 2009


Army recycles PackBots to sniff out chemicals

Older models of the iRobot military-grade inventions don't fade away. Instead, they get reassigned to a still-useful purpose as scouts for contaminated areas.

By July 15, 2008


Short Take: Tool detects viruses for MS Exchange users

Canadian developers at Authentex Software are now shipping an antivirus product for Microsoft Exchange. The ThunderByte product detects polymorphic and macro viruses on email attachments before the documents are opened. The company said the tool integrates with the messaging engines running on Windows 95 and NT, then notifies both sender and receiver. Contaminated documents can be automatically deleted or "quarantined" in special files to be disinfected later. The product sells for $49.95.

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