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The roots of the millimeter wave technology date back to the 1960s when PNNL researchers pioneered the development of optical and acoustic holography-the foundation of the millimeter wave technology. In the mid-1980s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) became interested in the potential this technology had for scanning people passing through airports and the first patent was issued in 1995. Learn more...

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The Seattle Times, December 11, 2011
Body scanners not just for airport security

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The Tri-City Herald, December 11, 2011
PNNL's scanner technology goes commercial

The Sacramento Bee, December 10, 2011
Body scanners finding plenty of creative uses in U.S.

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The Tri-City Herald, September 30, 2011
More airports to get body scanners with PNNL tech

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Seattle PI, September 12, 2011
Scanners to guess your clothing size coming soon?

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The Tri-City Herald, September 10, 2011
PNNL protects the nation after 9/11


PNNL News Center, June 27, 2011
Battelle licenses body measurement technology

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The Atlantic, November 18, 2010
TSA Says Better Body Scanners Will End Privacy Uproar: Don't Bet on It

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The Economic Times, October 23, 2010
Full-body scanners unveiled at JFK Airport

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Science News, April 26, 2010
FOR KIDS: New waves for safe flying
Scientists are perfecting a new generation of airport scanning machines.

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The Tri-City Herald, March 28, 2010
Nation, PNNL remain focused on energy, security

The Columbus Dispatch, January 13, 2010
Battelle helped design airport scanner technology


The Vancouver Sun, January 6, 2010
Vancouver International Airport to get full-body scanners

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NPR, January 5, 2010
Airport Body Scanning Technology Developed in Washington

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The Tri-City Herald, December 31, 2009
See-all security system developed at PNNL

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Flightglobal, December 31, 2009
TSA issues whole-body scanner contract to L-3

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DOE Decade of Discovery, December 2008
Millimeter Wave Technology Scans for More Than Just Security-This new technology makes going through airport security a breeze

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Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, 2007
Homeland Security Award Columbus Scholar 2007

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Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards, 2005
PNNL's Body Scanner Garners Federal Commercialization Award

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R&D 100 Awards, 2004
R&D Magazine's Editors' Choice Award for "Most Promising New Technology of 2004"


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