Visit our new website: worldnews.easybranches.com

Using fluorescent bacteria to find landmines

  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:44

BATTLEFIELDS strewn with mines are one of the nastiest legacies of war. They ensure that, long after a conflict has ceased, people continue to be killed and maimed by its aftermath. In 1999, the year the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty came into force, there were more than 9,000 such casualties, most of them civilians. Though this number had fallen below 4,000 by 2014 it is, according to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, an international research group, rising again as a consequence of conflicts in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.

These days most mines have cases made from plastic. Only the firing mechanisms include any metal. That means mines are hard to find with metal detectors. Many ingenious ways to locate and destroy them have been developed, ranging from armour-plated machines that flail the land, via robots equipped with ground-penetrating radar, to specially trained rats that can smell the explosives a mine contains. Such methods have, though, met with mixed success—and can also be expensive. Flails, for instance, scatter shrapnel and explosive residue around a minefield, making it hard to confirm that no undetonated devices remain. Minehunting rats, meanwhile,...Continue reading Science and technology

Tags


Related Stories

Shell invests in Nashville solar firm, but it’s no less an oil company
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:44

Enlarge / This photo represents a previous project completed by the Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch partnership. The 52 MW ac solar energy plant in ...

Exclusive: China's JD.com targets $2 billion fundraising at logistics unit - sources
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:44

(Reuters) - China’s second-biggest e-commerce firm JD.com has kicked off a fundraising round at its logistics unit with a target of at least $ 2 b...

Would you make it in Australia's secret spy agency? Take their quiz to find out
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:36

Take the Australian Secret Intelligence Service's online recruitment test to see if you're cut out for the work — and who knows? If you prove yourse...

Xiaomi taps CLSA, Morgan Stanley, Goldman for IPO sponsor role: sources
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:15

(Reuters) - Xiaomi has tapped CLSA, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as joint sponsors for its proposed IPO, people with direct knowledge of the mat...

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Nest's upgraded outdoor security camera is a winner
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:41

With the introduction of the Nest Cam IQ last year, Nest began to evolve the Dropcam platform it had acquired several years earlier. That camera’s h...

Inside Telegram’s ambitious $1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:42

 We have even more information about messaging app Telegram’s plans for cashing in on its popularity within the crypto community with the m...

Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:41

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday. Reuters: Techno...

Lava flowing from Philippine volcano, thousands evacuated
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:42

Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption th...

LiveMap shows off latest prototype of augmented reality motorcycle helmet
  • Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:41

 LiveMap launched in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield CES 2014 and is getting closer to producing its augmented reality helmet. Since laun...

Phone chat distracts from corruption fight
  • Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:39

Two weeks ago, the Public Health Ministry had no choice but to pull its announcement banning staff from using state office resources for personal reas...

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022
  • Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:46

The firm says it will have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range within five years. BBC News - Technology

VR to drive computer sales
  • Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:45

Virtual reality (VR) and mixed/augmented reality technology are expected to prompt users and businesses to upgrade their computers, providing an avenu...


News Categories