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Bomb-detecting material lights up near explosives

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Researchers have developed a material, which can detect nearby explosives and glow fluorescent, warning people of their presence.

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Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have developed a material, which can detect nearby explosives and light up with a fluorescent glow, warning people of their presence. The material is a supramolecular polymers containing TNDCF.

Sniffer dogs are currently used in bomb-detection because of their ability to smell very small amounts of explosive substances. However, this puts them in danger during such excursions. We have already seen drones used for fires in high rise buildings, in order to reduce the risk to firefighters. This material is another example of tech being used to reduce the danger to humans and animals.

Other bomb-detecting materials have been developed in the past, but they also reacted to some harmless salts, which leads to frequent false alarms. In the future, perhaps the material could be used on the doorways of stadiums and other high-risk venues, providing a constant alarm system. Where else could the material be used?



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