Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Fallout Forensics

PostedMarch 20, 2004

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Amidst the extreme devastation from a nuclear bomb, could we find evidence of who did it?  Nuclear expert Jay Davis says information might first be gathered by satellites, planes, and robots equipped with special detectors.  Debris from even such an intense blast could hold many nuclear and physical clues—enough that, Davis claims, sophisticated computers could reverse engineer many aspects of the weapon's design.  Classified databases might then turn up leads and finger potential suspects.  Davis says nuclear forensic technologies, as well as the procedures to put them into action, need intensified refinement though—because the clear capability to focus such investigations is vital to thwarting terrorism.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.