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Prof's device 'explodes' onto airport security scene


Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Joe Wang (right) created a liquid explosion-detection device. Members of his Biodesign Institute team (left) work Thursday to modify a sensor that detects very low amounts of explosives.
An ASU professor joined America's "war on terror" by creating technology that will determine whether a liquid is explosive.

Joe Wang, a professor at the Biodesign Institute, discovered a way of detecting the two most common "homemade" liquid explosives.

Wang, director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors, who began work on the prototype following the failed London airline bombings in August recently finished the device.

It is still about 12 to 15 months away from being widely used, he said.

The device can detect whether a liquid is explosive in about 10 to 20 seconds from a single droplet, Wang said.

Grocery stores get facelifts to help reel in shoppers

Grocery stores Valleywide are trying to get a leg up in the industry by striking a balance between the low prices of supercenters and the look of upscale grocers.

Shopping centers near campus have jumped on the trend with Safeway, Bashas' and Fry's supermarkets upgrading their interiors and offering more products.

Tempe approves shortened condos

Tempe is getting yet another high-rise condominium project now that developers have agreed to knock down the height after pressure from local residents and the city council.

Council members voted 7-0 Thursday to allow an Australian developer to build two residential towers on the southeast corner of College Avenue and Veterans Way - across the street from Sun Devil Stadium near the Fulton Center garage.
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SPORTS

Volleyball swept by defending champs


Eric Binns / THE STATE PRESS
Sophomore outside hitter Margie Giordano gets ready for the ball during Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to fifth ranked Washington State.
The ASU volleyball team could not pull off a home upset Thursday night, as defending national champion and No. 6 Washington swept the Sun Devils 3-0.

ASU (10-9, 2-6) hit .233 and made just 13 attack errors, but coach Brad Saindon said he was disappointed in the team's performance.

"I thought we played OK, but I just didn't think we brought our energy tonight," he said. "There were some good things. Our errors were way down and we were in more rallies, but we just didn't bring it. Our competitive energy was not there."

The Huskies (16-3, 6-2), who came in leading the Pac-10 with a .317 hitting percentage, hit .366 in the win.

They had 63 kills as a team, led by junior outside hitter Christal Morrison's 18 and sophomore outsider hitter Jill Collymore's 17.

Washington took command early, jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first game and never looking back. ASU did cut the deficit to three at 15-12, but the Huskies went on a 5-1 run from there. The Sun Devils would never come closer than five points after that, as they lost the opener, 30-20.
SPORTS

The Edge: Devils should get well on winless, injury-ridden Cardinal

Quarterbacks

Stanford senior Trent Edwards is out for the season with a broken foot, thus ending his college career. It's not the first time Edwards has been hurt, and backup senior T.C. Ostrander has plenty of experience. He has appeared in games 12 times in three seasons throwing for 1,443 yards and five touchdowns.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On The Cover: Star Struck


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Addictions to celebrity gossip seem to be a growing phenomenon. But is there a point when these obsessions can become unhealthy?
Star. People. US Weekly.

We all see them as we stand in line at the grocery store, holding our boxes of Wheat Thins and bottles of Grey Goose vodka, waiting for the old woman in front of us to count out her pennies.

Some of us will glance at the latest picture of Nicole Richie's emaciated body and turn the other way, preferring to stare at the variety of flavors of gum rather than look at the paparazzi's pictures of her running on the beach. But others will grab the magazines and pore over every detail of the celebrities splashed across each glossy page.

With the rise of the get-it-now information available 24/7 on the Internet, it's easier than ever to get the latest gossip on Hollywood. And it seems that now more than ever, people really want it. Some students seem to care more about celebrities' lives than their own. And with gossip blogs, celebrity-magazine Web sites and stories about the latest fight on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" surfacing even on hard-news sites like CNN.com, even those who don't care can't escape the coverage.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Tech Check: Listening in the loo

Magazines are no longer the only bathroom entertainment available. Now you can take your entire music collection with you whenever nature calls.

Atech Flash's newest iCarta iPod dock conveniently mounts to the wall right next to the toilet. Take your iPod in with you, pop it in the dock, sit down and listen to your favorite bathroom play list on four stereo speakers.

And if the surround-sound quality in the bathroom isn't enough to get you excited, the iCarta dock also holds a roll of your favorite bathroom tissue. That's right; this bad boy doubles as the sleekest looking toilet-paper holder on the planet.
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