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Partner rrrADAM


Dec 6, 2006, 5:43 AM
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Detecting Explosives With Honeybees
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This is definately thinking outside the box...
Hopefully PETA won't have an issue with the potential harm to a honeybee.

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Detecting Explosives With Honeybees:
Experts Develop Method To Train Air Force Of Bomb-sniffing Bees


Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method for training the common honey bee to detect the explosives used in bombs. Based on knowledge of bee biology, the new techniques could become a leading tool in the fight against the use of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which present a critical vulnerability for American military troops abroad and is an emerging danger for civilians worldwide.
Click here for the rest of the article:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/.../11/061128140820.htm


Now if they can just figure out where the occasional sock disappears to from my dryer. Crazy


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Dec 6, 2006, 5:48 AM
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do they go on attach mode, too???


outside the box, indeed.


jbird2


Dec 6, 2006, 1:27 PM
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Why couldn't they have trained mosquitos instead of honeybees!

Actually there has been a huge decline in honeybees due to some type of fungus/bacteria (Can't remember which)

Obscure tidbit, native honey bees that nest in the ground are much less succeptible to whatever it is that decimated the honey bee population.

Maybe the military will train killer bees to go on the offensive!


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Animals have some remarkable abilities!

Dogs have been trained to detect cancer. In an experiment, they got it right in 88-97% of cases! that's way more than doctors and scientists can achieve!

So what does this show us:

That cancer is very hard to detect but dogs are geniuses?

Or that cancer is easy to detect but scientists are idiots?

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Dec 6, 2006, 5:33 PM
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That's not near as much fun as detecting honeybees with explosives


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Dec 8, 2006, 4:02 PM
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Actually, they seem to be inside the box.

Bee-based detection system

-F


mowz


Dec 8, 2006, 4:24 PM
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Great. I'm sure what we really need are super intelligent bees. I can forsee a future where some of these bees escape and breed with African Killer bees. Then we'll have super intelligent killer bees.


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devils_advocate wrote:
That's not near as much fun as detecting honeybees with explosives

Damn! I was gonna say that.....

Bottle rockets and roman candles + Bees nest = lots of fun


jbird2


Dec 8, 2006, 5:31 PM
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If this thread was merged with the fart thread, you would wind up with "Super Intelligent Fart Detecting Killer Bees"

Quick get Amer1can A1r on the line!


Partner rrrADAM


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fenix83 wrote:
Actually, they seem to be inside the box.

Bee-based detection system

-F
That was witty.... Good one. Cool


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