Minds Clearing Land Mines: Are you as smart as a rat?

Okay, what's a new low-tech way to clear land mines?

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Are you as smart as a rat?

If so, bring your low-tech, innovative ideas to MINDS CLEARING LAND MINES.

  • Wars end but buried land mines become the surprise gifts that keep on giving.
  • Angola alone has 6 million hidden, unexploded ordnance.
  • It costs $3 to plant a land mine and $300-$1,000 to get rid of it.
  • HeroRATs have been trained to sniff out land mines but additional low-tech detection solutions are needed.
  • One small idea could potentially prompt one large step for mankind.

The Problem
How to effectively detect and destroy/deactivate land mines through means that can be easily and inexpensively deployed.

The Solution
Get people involved in thinking of creative ways to solve the problem of land mines in an affordable, readily available way.

Why we think this can be accomplished
Creative problem solvers don’t necessarily have to be experts to solve problems.  Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle repair shop, yet they invented the airplane.  More recently, students were asked to develop an inexpensive blood centrifuge for use in third world countries.  They modified a simple salad spinner to hold blood vials.  This world contains a lot of talented people whose creativity has not yet been tapped.

Why we think this should be accomplished
Land mines kill and injure civilians and render land impassable and unusable for decades.  They exist in over 60 countries around the globe from Belgium to Egypt and Angola to Cambodia.   Flat terrain can sequester them.  Hilly terrain can, too.  Mines can be hidden by soil or overgrowth.  It has been estimated, that with the currently available eradication techniques, it will take 1,000 – 2,000 years to rid the world of the landmines already in place.

Land mines are designed to maim and kill.  They activate based on weight, trip wires or both.  Some bounce up to shoulder height and spray sharp objects over a distance of 200 meters or less.  Others detonate below waist level.  Land mines do their job 24/7 without discrimination.  Land mine eradication requires detection and thereafter safe detonation or deactivation.

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Minds Clearing Land Mines: Are you as smart as a rat?

Better not tread on me!

Some 26,000 people are killed and maimed by land mine explosions every year, nearly half of them children.  Various reports claim unexploded land mines lurk in 60-90 countries worldwide.  At least six million unexploded land mines remain in Angola.  Zimbabwe has around three million.  Participants in current conflicts are busy depositing many, many more.  Any way you add up the numbers, the result totals BAD.

Certified HeroRATs sniff out land mines.  Trained dogs do, too.  People use metal detectors and robots to find the deadly devices.  Some use only sticks.  And then comes the challenge of safe deactivation or detonation, as well as equipment maintenance under adverse conditions.  Land mine clearance has no “silver bullet” so far.

According to physics professor, John Scales, “Land mines are an enormous problem around the world for both military personnel and civilians…The reason so many people are working on this problem from so many angles, is there is no one scheme that works well all the time.  You need an arsenal of tools.”

People from many backgrounds invent tools to solve all sorts of problems.  You may be able to help solve this one.

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