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I just got a dose of future shock.(4 posts)

I just got a dose of future shock.dr hoo
Jan 27, 2004 2:16 PM
Seriously, this sounds like wacky science fiction. If I had read this in a book, I would think it was made up out of thin air.

"Flower-Power Could Help Clear Land Mines

The genetically modified weed has been coded to change color when its roots come in contact with nitrogen-dioxide (NO2) evaporating from explosives buried in soil.

Within three to six weeks from being sowed over land mine infested areas the small plant, a Thale Cress, will turn a warning red whenever close to a land mine. "

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=585&e=1&u=/nm/20040127/sc_nm/arms_denmark_landmines_dc

This, if it works, will be a very GOOD THING. Aren't we clever monkeys? On the other hand, I think genetic modification has some potentially tragic capabilities. A double edged knife that CAN cut both ways.

Give me 20 years and I forsee myself saying things like "These kids today, with their implantable gills for swimming. Why, in MY day we had to..."
that is too coolColnagoFE
Jan 27, 2004 2:35 PM
Surprised someone hadn't thought of that angle before. SHould save lots of lives and limbs.
I'd hate to be the guy who has to...Dwayne Barry
Jan 27, 2004 3:21 PM
do the planting!
maybe they can plant it via helicopter? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 27, 2004 3:31 PM