In an effort to safely locate remote buried landmines, scientists from the Jerusalem Hebrew University bioengineered a glowing bacteria. Israeli researchers covered the fluorescent bacteria in polymeric beads that become illuminated when scanned with a laser system. So when the glowing bacteria gets close to a landmine in the ground, it emits light.
Detecting buried landmines and other unexploded materials in a way that is safe and efficient is a global humanitarian concern, as 15 to 20 thousand people are injured or killed annually by such devices. This doesn't include the millions who have already been injured by landmines. This new scientific development is an example of how bacteria is being used to further technology.