Are you among those who hate bees? Bee venom in fact can be used to detect bombs. The use of technology with this technique in the near future will be patented.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found an element of protein fragments in bee venom, called bombitin, this element is useful for detecting explosives, such as TNT.
At the time of trial the MIT team, test team line the inside of the carbon tubes with bombitin. Then, the tube was placed around the air samples taken from a variety of explosives.
Team found changes in luminescence wavelength of light tubes nitroaromatik changed when molecules of explosives united with the protein from bee. These changes can be detected by an electronic microscope.
The MIT team is not only able to detect the presence of explosives, but they can also differentiate between different types of explosives by using a combination of carbon tubes with different bombitin.
Explosives detectors currently used in airports capable of analyzing particles in the air. However, the sensor can not detect the molecular level. When paired with existing sensors at the airport, bombitin will increase the sensitivity of the sensor that makes it more effective. Many companies are interested in guns and bomb detection by these findings, but the technology is still in process.