You know that friend who gets a few too many in them and sends you incomprehensible emails at 3 AM? Or the boss that send you an “urgent” work email at 10 at night? Yep, life is full of assholes sending emails that you do not want. Now, that list of jerks can include plants! Scientists at MIT have developed a way for Spinach plants to send emails. One small step for man, one huge leap for spinach.
We smell a Little Shop Of Horrors remake on the horizon!
According to a story from euronews.com (lol) “through nanotechnology, engineers at MIT in the US have transformed spinach into sensors capable of detecting explosive materials. These plants are then able to wirelessly relay this information back to the scientists.” Basically a lot of mumbo jumbo that means spinach can send emails now!
Researcher Michael Strano, one of the head scientists on the project, says plants “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 network makes them perfect for analyzing data in the natural world.
Right now the technology’s purpose is specifically for detecting explosives, but there are limitless possibilities. Researchers believe this technology could potentially be used to warn scientists about pollutants in the environment.
No word from the engineers at MIT on how they plan to curtail the onslaught of thirsty emails from spinach looking to score at 2 in the morning. However, the pursuit of knowledge is rarely a straight path.
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