A technology startup has developed a novel approach to detecting landmines and concealed explosives that could save lives.

Clandestine Materials Detection Inc., a spin-out of University of Wisconsin-Madison, says it’s been contacted by Ukraine for help in finding explosive devices that are a threat to civilians and soldiers. Some areas have thousands of landmines set to be triggered by footsteps, vehicles or farm equipment.

Worldwide there are an estimated 110 million landmines planted in 78 countries. Every year they injure or kill thousands of people, many of them children, in war zones or countries that previously experienced war, according to Minesweepers, a humanitarian group that tracks the deadly problem.

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