Glowing bacteria could help detect buried landmines

New tech which uses fluorescent bacteria to safely detect unexploded landmines could save thousands of people.

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Researchers at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have come up with a new technology which uses modified bacteria and lasers to detect buried landmines.

According to The Telegraph, it is estimated that buried landmines injure up to 20,000 people a year across 70 countries. The method of detecting and disposing of landmines has remained largely unchanged since the Second World War.

With this new technology, it will be easier to map the landmines. The bacteria glows when it comes into contact with the small amount of explosive vapours emitted by the landmines, which is then detected by a laser system that can be recorded by disposal teams.

Professor Shimshon Belkin, one of the researchers behind the study said, “Our field data show that engineered biosensors may be useful in a landmine detection system.”

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