November 1, 2016 | Lisa, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

Salad seems a lot more exciting today. Scientists have found a way to turn spinach plants into bomb detectors by implanting carbon nanotubes into their leaves.

If the plants then absorb water containing chemicals found in land mines and other explosive devices, the leaves will emit an infrared glow when a laser is shone onto them - potentially revealing the presence of a buried land mine.

I love it when scientists use nature to help them come up with new ideas, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this research.


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The glow from the plant can be detected up to 1 metre away.


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