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Can Spinach Warn you on Climate Changes?

Many scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have now developed to use nanotechnology to equip spinach to send emails sending cautions about climate change.

The new technology named “plant nanobionics” consists of turning spinach into sensors that can catch explosive materials like nitroaromatics. When the plants’ roots detect this element, which is often found in bombs and dynamites, a signal is emitted via the spinach leaves’ carbon nanotubes surfacing. The signal is then caught up by an infrared camera, which sends an email alert to researchers, warning them of climate change signs. This new technological advancement is one of the latest inventions within a larger engineering field, which aims to install electronic components and systems into plants and vegetation.

“Plants are very good analytical chemists,” details the project’s lead researcher Professor Michael Strano. “They have an extensive root network in the soil, are constantly sampling groundwater, and have a way to self-power the transport of that water up into the leaves. This is a novel demonstration of how we have overcome the plant/human communication barrier.”

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