Green veg, red flag: Spinach can send explosive emails

Scientists at MIT have taught spinach to send emails, Euronews reported. Specifically, they’ve engineered carbon nanotubes into spinach plants that “flouresce” (read: glow) when the spinach detects the presence of explosives. A nearby infrared camera picks up the glow and transmits a signal in the form of an email back to the researchers. The more intense the glow, the more explosives present. The technology, researchers say, may one day be adapted to detect pollution, too. As The Guardian pointed out, this is actually old news, but it went freshly viral this past week. By now, the spinach has probably started an Instagram. It won’t be long before it starts sending marketing emails for kale. Bcc: Arugula. 

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