The Newest Weapon in the Fight Against Land Mines Could Be...Plants

Land mines are not only explosive but also poisonous, leaking toxins into the soil that make plants sick. That's unfortunate for the plants but fortunate for us—if we can figure out how to look for sick plants as harbingers of land mines. Airplanes equipped with a low-cost sensor that captures non-visible light might… » 8/15/14 5:44pm 8/15/14 5:44pm

America's Omnidirectional Landmines Are (Somehow) Totally Legal

15,000 to 20,000 people—predominantly women, children, and the elderly—die from landmines every year. These explosive man-traps have been used in every major military conflict since 1938 and some 110 million mines are still spread over 78 countries worldwide. What's more, they remain functional decades after a… » 9/06/13 12:43pm 9/06/13 12:43pm

A 38-Ton Custom Bulldozer Crushes Leftover Landmines

After decades of strife, occupation, and conflict, Afghanistan has been left pockmarked with an estimated ten million anti-personnel landmines in its soils. It's a bad situation. There are mines like the the Soviet PFM-1 butterfly mine—especially popular with small children, who mistake it for a toy. But an anti-mine… » 4/27/12 11:30am 4/27/12 11:30am

MIT Researchers Create Landmine-Detection Device

Unfortunately, the most common form of land mine detection is unintentional. It involves a poor civilian stepping on one and losing life or limb, and it's a pretty awful situation in many third-world countries. With 60 to 70 million land mines laying undetected in 70 countries, the mine situation is an epidemic. But… » 12/21/06 12:21pm 12/21/06 12:21pm