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All baggage at major airports is checked. This applies to both hand luggage and suitcases. Traditionally, this check is done with an X-ray machine or a CT scan. The images they create must be viewed and judged by people. Eindhoven based Dynaxion is working on another solution. Suitcases and postal parcels can be viewed down to the atomic level, without any human intervention. “Using neutrons that we shoot at a package, we form spectra,” says co-founder Joost van de Griendt. “These energy spectra show which atoms are inside. This allows us to see the difference between milk powder and cocaine, for example.”

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