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Bomb mapping

Use remote sensing to discover high concentrations of nitrogen
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Recent improvements in electromagnetic spectrum remote sensing allows us to do all kinds of nifty things like finding previously undiscovered oil deposits for the mining industry and checking nitrogen levels for agriculture (see link).

I propose that checking city streets for unusually high levels of nitrogen will trigger a heck of a lot of fertiliser false positives, but might be somehow refined to make the public safer.

Since this is the halfbakery, I propose the refinement needs to be done by training an army of ninja monkeys to become spectral analysis experts on their ninja-monkey-union mandated Saturday afternoons off.

not_only_but_also, May 13 2013

Remote sensing is cool http://www.regional.../4584_tillingak.htm
And getting better all the time [not_only_but_also, May 13 2013]


       I'm going to assume you mean ammonium nitrate, since nitrogen itself is as harmless as it is ubiquitous.
Alterother, May 13 2013

       //nitrogen itself is as harmless   

       Ah, that's just what they want you to think, Ok, give me one example of a someone who died, who was never exposed to nitrogen? See?
not_morrison_rm, May 13 2013

       The Dark Lord Sauron was never exposed to nitrogen, and He died. It was in all the papers.
Alterother, May 13 2013

       But look at what it took to kill Him! Clearly, the One Ring was the lynch-pin in his distributed nitrogen-shielding force field network.
spidermother, May 13 2013

       By the way, the linked article refers to the detection of nitrogen stress (which affects the spectral reflectance of plants), not the detection of nitrogen per se. The title would be less misleading if spelled out as "Remote Sensing to Detect Nitrogen Stress and Water Stress in Wheat".
spidermother, May 13 2013

       What happens if the would-be terrorists develop some advanced shielding technology such as, say, a plastic bag?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 13 2013

       And what about ammonites? How are those suppose to show up?
not_morrison_rm, May 14 2013

       Bus, train, aeroplane...ammonites ride most mass transit for free.
Alterother, May 14 2013

       Which inexorably leads to someone faking up fossilised milk-cartons. On the side of the carton is a blurry photo of a cephalopod, saying "Have you seen Asteroceras? Call 1-800..."
not_morrison_rm, May 15 2013


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