Sep 082010

Land mines claim the lives of nearly 20,000 victims each year in 90 countries, and the U.S. State Department estimates that almost 50 million land mines worldwide remain to be cleared. Mason engineering professors Ken Hintz and Nathalia Peixoto are working on new ways to detect and identify land mines.

Using ground-penetrating radar that radiates an electromagnetic signal, the researchers are able to process the signal returned from the radar to produce a sequence of 1s and 0s that are unique for every object, including land mines. Hintz refers to the sequences as the “language of mines.”

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