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May 29, 2013

PBS’ NOVA on the Boston Marathon bombings and technology

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on May 29, 2013

Just a heads up that tonight on your local PBS station, the program NOVA is running a show “Manhunt – Boston Bombers” that examines the technology that aided in the investigation.

As NOVA explains:

At 2:50 pm on April 15, two bomb blasts turned the Boston Marathon finish line from a scene of triumph to tragedy, leaving three dead, hundreds injured, and a city gripped by heartbreak and terror. Less than five days later, the key suspects were identified and apprehended with one dead, the other in custody. How did investigators transform the chaos of the bombing into a coherent trail of clues, pointing to the accused killers? NOVA follows the manhunt step by step, examining the role modern technology—combined with old-fashioned detective work—played in cracking the case. Given hundreds of hours of surveillance and bystander videos, how did agents spot the suspects in a sea of spectators? Why couldn’t facial recognition software I.D. the criminals? How much could bomb chemistry analysis, cell phone GPS, infrared imagery, and crowdsourcing reveal about the secrets behind this horrific crime? With the help of top criminal investigators and anti-terrorism experts, NOVA explores which technological innovations worked—and which didn’t—and how the world of crime fighting could be transformed tomorrow.



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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 29, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

No tv here but thanks!

Comment by Arnold Bogis

May 29, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

Good for you. There is so much less “good” content like NOVA than crap…

…not that I don’t watch much of that crap.

I’ll update this post with any online or other options to view this particular episode when I discover them.

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