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Old 01-27-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Could airport security gardens be the wave of the future? (“Please have photo ID and boarding pass ready and walk past the rhododenrons.”) How about a defensive line of bomb-sniffing tulips in Central Park in New York, or at the local shopping mall’s indoor waterfall, or lining the streets of Baghdad?

Researchers at Colorado State University said Wednesday that they had created the platform for just such a plant-kingdom early warning system: plants that subtly change color when exposed to minute amounts of TNT in the air.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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That would be a lot better than a full body scan or pat down.
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Flower that smell you; that's a twist.
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Of course, the effect takes a very long time, by which time the bomber is already gone. A cool idea, though.

When I saw the header for this thread, I thought it would be about what shrubs, trees, perennials turned out to be most useful in your yard.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #6
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Flower that smell you; that's a twist.
LOL! Now *that's* funny!
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When I saw the header for this thread, I thought it would be about what shrubs, trees, perennials turned out to be most useful in your yard.
That's the same thing I thought, Turttle.
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