Bomb Detector Smells like a Moth

By Nicholas Janitsary

For years, law enforcement agencies around the world have used dogs to sniff for explosives, but dogs are not the only animals now in use. In 2009, DARPA began experiments using bees to locate landmines, but now a new detection technology has been developed based on moths.

The silkmoth, or Bombyx mori, has antennae that are highly evolved to detect smells in very low concentrations. The new detector imitates the design of the moth’s antennae, and consists of a long spine covered with up to half a million microscopic nanotubes made from titanium dioxide. The system, developed by a team of researchers in Europe, has the potential to be 1,000 times more sensitive than current TNT detectors. The detector has successfully completed laboratory testing, but has not been tested yet in the field.

Nicholas Janitsary has a Ph.D. in Criminology and is the Managing Director of New Dimension Group.


Nicholas Janitsary on Piracy in the Middle East

As much of the Middle East grows economically, the social and political upheavals on land threaten to limit the region’s productivity and progress. This is worsened by the increasing risk from pirates who target vessels throughout the Arabian Sea.

In 2009,for example, MSC and Fred Olsen Cruises rerouted their traditional course to avoid pirates, a change that now excludes ports in the United Arab Emirates and Oman and harms those tourist-based economies.

Commercial oil and gas shipments are also affected, as their vessels and their operators are known to be insured, fueling pirates’ demand for substantial ransom payments.

Private vessels and yachts are also increasingly targeted by pirates. The methods of hijacking and torture applied by the pirates does little to ease the minds of potential visitors to the region.

About the Author:
A sailing enthusiast, Nicholas Janitsary holds a PhD in Criminology and acts as managing director of New Dimension Group, a global security and defense consultancy. The firm provides insight on counterterrorism, security-threat assessment, crisis management, and intelligence gathering.

Criminology Explained with Nicholas Janitsary

Nicholas Janitsary, who earned a Ph.D. in Criminology, explains the training and the job outlook for those interested in professions in the criminology field.

Interviewer: What is criminology?
Janitsary: Criminology is the study of criminal activity and its impact on societies. This can include the reverberations of a crime on individual victims and even its effect on entire nations.

Interviewer: What schooling does one need to pursue a career in criminology?
Janitsary: First and foremost, those pursuing a career in the field must complete high school with an eye toward college. There are many four-year criminology programs, but most people will want to continue their education and pursue an advanced degree in the field. Most successful criminologists hold either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. and are very hirable straight out of academia.

Interviewer: What is your academic background?
Janitsary: I hold a Ph.D. in Criminology from Canterbury University. I have been invited to speak at international forums regarding global security, including the Interpol General Assembly.

Nicholas Janitsary is the Founder of New Dimensions Group, a consulting firm with offices around the world. He has worked with a variety of governments and law enforcement entities throughout Asia and the Middle East.

The Superyacht Singapore Association, by Nicholas Janitsary

Founded in 2007, the Superyacht Singapore Association dedicates itself to making Singapore a worldwide destination for superyachts. Striving to improve the country’s economy, the Superyacht Singapore Association promotes Singapore as an attractive destination for owners of these massive boats. Top-of-the-line resorts such as Marina Sands and Genting Resorts World allows individuals to combine business and pleasure. Its proximity to the water has enabled it to build four marinas with super and megayacht berths that can hold boats up to 350 feet. Additionally, Singapore is home to a large number of professionals trained in boat maintenance, repair, and technological enhancements.

Every year, the Superyacht Singapore Association runs a conference at which members discuss the latest issues affecting the superyacht industry. Topics covered at these meetings include how infrastructure can be improved so that marinas can handle more superyachts, statistics on superyacht buyers, and governmental regulations concerning these ships.

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About the Author:

Managing Director and founder of the multi-national consultancy New Dimension Group, Nicholas Janitsary has spent over a decade in the security and sales field. Janitsary was a selected speaker at the Superyacht Singapore Association’s First Annual Superyacht Conference.