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April 18, 2002

Weather Radar May Detect Clouds Containing Biological Weapons

The Palm Beach Post reports that the U.S. Army is conducting tests to use the nation's 153 National Weather Service radar systems as a vast biological weapons detection network.

Gregory Glass, PhD, associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, studies remote sensing of infectious diseases. He told the newspaper that one of the key issues facing military researchers is to determine whether the Doppler weather radar can detect small releases of biological weapons. The weather radar system was originally designed to detect large, dense clouds.

The paper says the Army hopes to finish its studies in the next four months.

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