Studentís Science Project May Stop Drug Smugglers


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Desertdog
January 19, 2006, 05:31 PM
Give this kid a blue ribbon and megabucks if it works.

Student’s Science Project May Stop Drug Smugglers
http://www.kfmb.com/features/crimefighters/story.php?id=35277

It's not your average science fair project, and it could one day help stop drug smugglers. A La Jolla middle school student has built a machine that could help detect border tunnels.

For years, students here at Muirlands Middle School have come up with impressive science fair projects, but there's one current entry has really sparking interest. And its findings could help with homeland security measures between the U.S. and Mexico.

Inside the Muirlands auditorium sits a variety of science fair projects posing questions like which brand of popcorn pops the most and which lip gloss lasts longer. But for one student, his project took on a more serious tone.

Twelve-year-old Ben Aldrich wanted to study cosmic rays called muons. The seventh grader's research showed they were used to look for hidden burial chambers in ancient pyramids.

“I was watching the Discovery Channel with my dad, and there was this thing on space,” Ben said.

His father Fred ordered a pair of muon detectors, and Ben built a small machine to measure muons penetrating earth and lead.

After an hour of testing, the machine could see what represented a tunnel as small as six inches in diameter.

“I was trying to prove that we can use these Geiger counters to find tunnels that go under the border,” Ben said.

Aldrich and his father traveled to the border to gather soil samples with approval from the Border Patrol.

“The Border Patrol officers approached us and asked us what we were doing, and we told them what the project was and they check with their office and made sure it was OK, and they let us do it,” Fred Aldrich said.

Immigration and customs enforcement officials have used similar technology for years to detect the tunnels. They say they're impressed by Ben's work.

I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you’ve got somebody that’s so young that’s thinking about a problem that the government has been thinking about for years,” Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Michael Unzueta said.

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El Tejon
January 19, 2006, 05:33 PM
This warms my heart.:)

Malone LaVeigh
January 19, 2006, 06:06 PM
Frankly, I liked it better when they were smuggling pot in from Mexico instead of growing it in our National Forests.
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No, I'm not saying I liked the pot better.

MD_Willington
January 19, 2006, 06:12 PM
Kudos to the kid...

I'm just wondering if Geophones no longer work? We used them for oil exploration and they could pick up all kinds of strata below ground, they could also pick up a lack of strata i.e. a cavern below ground.


MD

ArmedBear
January 19, 2006, 06:54 PM
People, some of them students, have been doing science projects that would help stop drug smuggling for many years. They figure out ways to produce the drugs in the US.

TexasRifleman
January 19, 2006, 06:56 PM
The Border Patrol officers approached us and asked us what we were doing, and we told them what the project was and they check with their office and made sure it was OK, and they let us do it,Ē Fred Aldrich said.


Uhh hey BP guys. You're supposed to be watching for people coming
FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION!!!! :barf:

Car Knocker
January 19, 2006, 07:27 PM
Uhh hey BP guys. You're supposed to be watching for people coming
FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION!!!! :barf:

And the smugglers don't have people in place on this side of the border to help?

Standing Wolf
January 19, 2006, 10:07 PM
I think itís absolutely fantastic that youíve got somebody thatís so young thatís thinking about a problem that the government has been thinking about for years,Ē Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Michael Unzueta said.

I expect bright young people to think. I expect the federal government to take action.

Is something wrong with my expectations?

SomeKid
January 19, 2006, 10:15 PM
I expect bright young people to think. I expect the federal government to take action.

Is something wrong with my expectations?

Yes.

We young people have the ability to think ripped from us in school, and the FedGov only takes action when it involves making itself more powerful.

CT Yankee
January 19, 2006, 10:21 PM
I expect bright young people to think. I expect the federal government to take action.

Is something wrong with my expectations?

Something tells me you wouldn't like what you saw if you sat in on a high school government class. :uhoh:

RideTheLightning
January 19, 2006, 10:41 PM
Yes.

We young people have the ability to think ripped from us in school, and the FedGov only takes action when it involves making itself more powerful.
Unless you're homeschooled:cool: .

The Federal Gov't is monstrously bloated,and instead of taking care of itself(and us) it instead revels in being the fattest cow in the pasture.

The problem with the border is that the gov't treats it like something that needs to be thought about "for years" apparently,instead of what is basically an invasion that needs to have action taken now.

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