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June 10, 2006

Dust To Dust: "Smart Dust" Tracked Zarqawi Right To His Tomb?

Interesting:

"Smart Dust" is basically very miniaturized electronic devices. This is similar to stuff like RFID, smart cards, EZ Pass and those rice grain size tracking devices you can have injected into your pets. But Smart Dust takes this all to a new level by being small enough to be disguised as dirt, the kind you can pick up in your shoes or clothing. Each bit of Smart Dust can be given a unique serial number that, when hit with an "interrogation signal" from troops on the ground, or aircraft overhead, is broadcast back. Some forms of Smart Dust are believed to be in use in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's also believed that Smart Dust played a role in the recent death of al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

I don't know. Sounds fake. But whatever. Apparently Iraqis have heard of it and call it "magic dust." Sometimes it's almost as good for an enemy to think you have an incredible capability as it is to actually have it.

Thanks to steve_in_hb and Influence Peddler, who's trolling for a nanotech Instalanche.


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