Saturday, May 23, 2009

A "snake eye" can detect sabotage or contamination in water, instantly. Tel Aviv University lab.




Snake. Modifying special fibers researchers can detect "colors" in the infrared spectrum which distinguish between pure and contaminated water. Not visible to the naked eye, this spectrum is normally only seen by certain animals, like snakes or vampire bats, to track down prey. (Credit: Image courtesy of Tel Aviv University)


Monitoring Water Through A Snake's Eyes
ScienceDaily (May 18, 2009) — Although most Americans take the safety of their drinking water for granted, ordinary tap water can become contaminated within minutes, says Prof. Abraham Katzir of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy.

"To combat the threat of contamination due to industrial spillage, natural disaster or sabotage, the physicist has developed a new system to monitor the safety of a building or community's water supply in real time."

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