Researchers at MIT have developed a way to send chemical signals from spinach by email. The technology could become part of an early detection system for explosives and pollutants. But perhaps the scientists just wanted to know what spinach is thinking.
Overcome communication barrier: nanotechnology allowed spinach to send emailsDaria Sidorova
Last week, MIT scientists published a new study in the journal Nature Materials. They placed microscopic nanosensors in spinach roots that can detect nitroaromatic compounds. These chemicals are often found in explosive devices and man-made industrial chemicals.
When the nanosensors detect these connections, they send a signal to an infrared camera, which sends an email notification.
According to MIT chemical engineer and co-author of the article, Michael Strano, the technology has made it possible to overcome the communication barrier between plants and people.
But the point is not only that plants can now communicate with us: nanotechnology allows us to turn them into a kind of living computer.
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