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"[Science fiction is] an integration of the mood and attitude of science (the objective universe) with the fears and hopes that spring from the unconscious."
- Gregory Benford

Life Detector  
  A device that was capable of detecting living tissue within a set radius.  

This device was able to sense the presence of life directly, without using auxiliary signs (like carbon dioxide or heat emission).

The antennae of the Life Detector atop the OP swept back and forth in a rhythmic halfcircle like so many frozen sticks brittle with rime ice...

One operator - drugged to shivering wakefulness - stood watch in the OP. The space around him was barely six feet in diameter, crammed with equipment, gridded screens glowing a pale green with spots that indicated living flesh: a covey of ptermigan, a possible Artic fox. Every grid point on the screens held an aiming code for mortar fire.

From Cease Fire, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Conde Nast in 1958
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See the entry for Life Detector Shield for more discussion.

This is an early use of the concept; it comes ten years before the "sensor scans" of Star Trek fame.

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