Scientists have taught spinach to send emails – 17 jokes worth eating up
In news we don’t entirely understand today, scientists have taught spinach to send emails.
Plant-human communication is finally here…and it’s wonderfully weird. 🥬
Spinach has been engineered to send emails when it finds specific compounds.
This tech could be used to detect landmines, pollution, and even upcoming droughts.
The ultimate superfood…!
In full 👇
— euronews Living (@euronewsliving) February 1, 2021
Here’s a bit from the Euronews story (read it in full here) which may or may not help.
Through nanotechnology, engineers at MIT in the US have transformed spinach into sensors capable of detecting explosive materials.
When the spinach roots detect the presence of nitroaromatics in groundwater, a compound often found in explosives like landmines, the carbon nanotubes within the plant leaves emit a signal. This signal is then read by an infrared camera, sending an email alert to the scientists.
This experiment is part of a wider field of research which involves engineering electronic components and systems into plants.
Field! Of research!
And there were jokes, plenty of jokes, and here are our favourites.
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) February 2, 2021
Finally. I was going to scream if spinach insisted on another meeting that should have been an email. https://t.co/L6vsoA2a8S
— Ambrose Persimmon (@MrPersimmon) February 1, 2021
Does this mean my house plants will start talking back? https://t.co/XKhgEY3oLl
— SBD (@hozer67) February 1, 2021
This year is stressful enough, I refuse to get emails from salad pic.twitter.com/s5eiLlcTZi
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 2, 2021
"Are you sure you want to unsubscribe from Ronnie (aka spinach plant 331, row 9?)"https://t.co/2WzPhsqepK
— Bart King🐢 (@BartKing) February 1, 2021
Well, it’s not Rocket science pic.twitter.com/zN5rZSriH6
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) February 2, 2021
…and you can reduce attachments to 1% of their original size by gently steaming them for five minutes pic.twitter.com/zjqpTcciXr
— Olaf Falafel (@OFalafel) February 2, 2021
Re: Upcoming drought
I hope this e-mail finds you moist…
— Justaboringgreyrock (@Justaboringgre1) February 2, 2021
Our dedicated team of professionals are waiting to take your call pic.twitter.com/N4NfIe5HBS
— Andy Price (@imandyprice) February 2, 2021
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