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Wired has an article about a group of Makers who made their own portable radiation detector to patrol the San Francisco bay while we wait for gov get their detectors… 5 years from now – “The Department of Homeland Security announced plans last month to bolster U.S. port defenses with radiation scanners. The program, primarily aimed at detecting nukes smuggled by terrorists in shipping containers, will cost an estimated $1.15 billion, but won’t be completed until 2011.

Here on the San Francisco Bay, a group of do-it-yourself volunteer researchers is not waiting for the mushroom cloud. They say they are close to perfecting a portable device that could do much the same thing right now, for total out-of-pocket costs of about $12,000. The group, led by physicist and Sandia Lab weapons subcontractor Stanley Glaros, says it has already built a boat-mounted scanner with off-the-shelf parts that might reliably spot radiation spikes in container ships at sea from a kilometer away.”Link.

Hmm, this would be a good open source hardware project to coordinate, and with enough people making these, the costs could go down…

Pictured here, the USB GM-10 Geiger Counter Radiation Detector – Link.

Related:

  • $100 Radiation visualizer – Link.
  • Detecting Cosmic Rays on planes – Link.