back to article Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

The humble spinach plant has been elevated into a bomb-sniffing sensor by embedding carbon nanotubes into its leaves. A group of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that spinach can be turned in a chemical sensor for nitroaromatic compounds – a chemical rarely found in nature, but often found in …

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Re: Real life usefulness

I think land mines are mostly plastic now because metal detectors.

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Re: Real life usefulness

Scatter the seeds from a small drone and then us a sensor equipped drone to spray a die over any area with bomb indications above the background level.

Careful this might actually be useful!

As it potentially would permit the planting of 'spinach' across a large area, leave it to grow and then survey to confirm whether either the area is clear of mines or identify the places where mines still lurk.

Mind you, I wonder what results they will get if they planted this across "Flander's fields"...

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Very, very clever

and useful in the same way that having body armour that is inpenetrable from the inside would be.

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