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+ - Real-life 'Tricorder' For Chemical Analysis

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Purdue University researchers have created a handheld sensing system its creators liken to Star Trek's "tricorder" used to analyze the chemical components of alien worlds. But the system could have down-to-earth applications, such as testing foods for dangerous bacterial contaminants including salmonella, which was recently found in a popular brand of peanut butter."

Interchangeable parts won't.