MIT scientists turn spinach leaves into powerful bomb detectors by integrating nanobionic technology

Researchers at MIT have turned spinach leaves into bomb detectors, thanks to advanced technologies in plant nanobionics. To impart this amazing "superpower", the scientists embedded nanomaterials into the delicate leaves, at the spot where photosynthesis is known to take place. This in turn enables the spinach to identify nitro-aromatic compounds commonly found in explosives, such as…

New Handheld Scanner Can Detect Fuel Leaks And Explosives-2

Newly-developed handheld fiber-based scanner can detect fuel leaks and explosives

Combustible substances, such as gasoline, oil, airplane fuel and even homemade bombs, all contain a common ingredient: alkane fuel. Being colorless, odorless and chemically unreactive, this vapor eludes detection in most cases, making it all the more hazardous. At present, there are no portable scanning devices available that can effectively discern fuel leaks. (more…)

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