|Nuclear Solutions Files Patent for New Technology to Detect Shielded Nuclear Bomb Materials |
WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2004 (PRIMEZONE via COMTEX) -- Nuclear Solutions, Inc.
(OTCBB: NSOL) filed a patent application this week for a new nuclear material
detection technology intended to screen cargo for shielded nuclear weapons.
"When fully developed, this new patent pending technology could integrate into a
system that would screen inbound cargo in real time for uranium-235 and
plutonium-239, the essential components of a nuclear bomb," said Patrick Herda,
chief executive officer of Nuclear Solutions.
Because the levels of radiation emitted by weapons-grade plutonium and uranium
are relatively low, they are easy to shield, which makes identification by
radiation sensing devices unreliable and, in some cases, not possible at all.
For example, in a report issued yesterday, the Inspector General of the
Department of Homeland Security revealed that U.S. Customs and border protection
services are not always able to detect nuclear materials in ocean-going shipping
containers. The investigation commenced after ABC News was able to ship 15
pounds of depleted uranium into the United States two years in a row.
While improvements in cargo inspection were made since Sept. 11, 2001, less than
5% percent of all containers are currently inspected.
The development of Nuclear Solution's new sensing concept could result in a
highly sensitive, portable, and low-cost detection system that responds to
minute gravitational gradient anomalies produced by high-density nuclear
materials like plutonium and uranium and would be unaffected by radiation
"There are over 400 tons of unsecured fissile nuclear materials loose in the
world," said CEO Patrick Herda. "Recognizing this, both presidential candidates
recently agreed that keeping nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands is America's
top national security priority.
"I applaud their acknowledgement of this grave threat. Unfortunately, the system
we currently have in place is inadequate, and reliance on highly sensitive
radiation portals is not the best answer.
"It is far too easy for terrorists to shield the radiation emitted by
Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239. Furthermore, when employing such highly sensitive
radiation detection equipment, you are very likely to wind up with an
unacceptably high rate of false positive warnings. What this country needs is a
reliable and economical method to prevent a terrorist nuclear weapon from
getting in. Once fully funded and developed, our approach using gravitational
anomaly sensing techniques, could become a useful tool in the fight against
nuclear terrorism worldwide."
Herda will also be a participant in the upcoming conference "Maritime Domain
Awareness: Integrated Sensor Strategies for Port/Ship Security", being held in
Washington, DC October 18th and 19th, hosted by Defense Today and King
About Nuclear Solutions, Inc.:
Nuclear Solutions, based in Washington, D.C., is an emerging innovative
technology development company. We are committed to exploring, developing, and
commercializing viable product technologies that will enable partner companies
to offer new and improved products in the following areas:
Nuclear Weapon Detection for Homeland Security & Defense
-- The development of advanced technology to detect shielded nuclear
materials and terrorist nuclear weapons
-- The development of long-lived nuclear micro-power sources, based on
three U.S. Patents (5,087,533; 6,118,204; 6,238,812), to power
applications in the emerging field of Nanotechnology,
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, and the new generation of low power
-- Development of a patent pending process to remediate tritiated water
via an advanced separation technique.
More information about Nuclear Solutions, Inc. may be found on its website,
SOURCE: Nuclear Solutions, Inc.
CONTACT: Nuclear Solutions, Inc.
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