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MIT Engineers using Spinach Engineering to track Explosives

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MIT Engineers have engineered Spinach to be used to track Explosives through some chemical chain reactions. Scientists have implanted the leafy spinaches with tiny tubes that allow them to sense when an explosive is nearby and even alert someone at a time via an email message.

 

Bomb Squads use sniffing dogs to find and track explosives because firstly a human’s sensing power is not that strong to sense a bomb just by its smell that too coming too low and secondly if a human would do that and something goes wrong then that would become a mass subject of annoyance. That’s why dogs are used so that even in a worst-case no human gets hurt. This is kind of inhuman but that’s the only option to save a human’s life.

But what if I say that now we can use Spinaches to do the work that our cute dogs did?

Researchers at MIT have implanted the leafy spinaches with tiny tubes that allow them to sense when an explosive is nearby and even alert someone at a time via an email message. This all comes under “plant nano bionics” which is about embedding plants with tiny nanomaterials works as a super ability to them.

Spinach leafs

MIT researchers in a report stated that they had embedded sensors into spinach leaf’s photosynthesis performing part. These sensors are capable of detecting nitroaromatic compounds that are found in landmines and other explosives.

The spinach plant then is ready to absorb the chemicals through its roots if the nitroaromatic compounds are in the groundwater, then the chemicals travel to the leaves in about 10 minutes, where they activate the plant’s sensors.

These sensors ultimately at last then emit a fluorescent signal that can be seen from an infrared camera placed nearby.

Spinach can be used to track explosives : MIT

This camera itself would be hooked to a tiny computer, which will help the camera to send an email to the defense force telling about the change in plant’s environment.

The researchers said that this could be done with any plant and not only Spinach. In the future, researchers plan to actually “teach” plants and trees to warn us if there are any pollutants nearby in the environment which would cost near to zero than installing manual sensors as plants are everywhere.

I repeat EVERYWHERE!!!!!

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