Spinach Can Now Detect Bombs

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Scientists have just discovered how to turn your spinach into a bomb detector.

MIT researchers embedded carbon nanotubes into the leaves of a spinach plant. These tubes analyze the ground water and can detect chemicals that are found in landmines and other buried explosives.

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Once detected, the plant emits a fluorescent signal that can be read by an infrared camera that’s attached to a handheld device like our smartphones. The scientists predict that once the technology is further developed plants can eventually warn us of other environmental dangers, like droughts.

Who would have thought that spinach had other benefits besides boosting your iron and immune system… Mind-blown!

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