Technology from Wash. lab could target bedbugs

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Scanning technology developed at a Richland lab to screen airplane passengers could soon be used to target bedbugs.

The technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been licensed to a start-up company in Corvallis, Ore.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/rp3m1q ) it's part of a White House initiative to help young companies grow.

The Richland lab, part of the Department of Energy, has signed option agreements with start-up companies for three technologies. Innovations include millimeter wave technology to be used to see inside walls to detect insects hiding there, and advances to improve rechargeable batteries and fuel cells.

VisiRay in Corvallis, Ore., signed an option agreement with PNNL for millimeter wave technology and plans to manufacture devices to detect pests in buildings. The initial target will be bedbugs.