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Old Nov 28th 2006, 3:32 pm
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science...eut/index.html

Scientists at a U.S. weapons laboratory say they have trained bees to sniff out explosives in a project they say could have far-reaching applications for U.S. homeland security and the Iraq war.

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said they trained honeybees to stick out their proboscis -- the tube they use to feed on nectar -- when they smell explosives in anything from cars and roadside bombs to belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science...eut/index.html

Scientists at a U.S. weapons laboratory say they have trained bees to sniff out explosives in a project they say could have far-reaching applications for U.S. homeland security and the Iraq war.

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said they trained honeybees to stick out their proboscis -- the tube they use to feed on nectar -- when they smell explosives in anything from cars and roadside bombs to belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.

Sure I read about this a couple of years ago...along with the bomb sniffing dolphins.
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Old Nov 28th 2006, 3:51 pm
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Sure I read about this a couple of years ago...along with the bomb sniffing dolphins.
Yes, I remember those dolphins, whatever happened to them? Well the bees are a good idea, sniffing out bombs while making honey lol.

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Yes, I remember those dolphins, whatever happened to them?
the dolphins kind of sucked on land, put a bit of a dampener on the project
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Originally Posted by kingfisher241049
Yes, I remember those dolphins, whatever happened to them? Well the bees are a good idea, sniffing out bombs while making honey lol.


The bomb sniffing dolphins are alive and well. They are used in the cruise ship ports of Miami and Ft Lauderdale, to name a few. Yep bees, dogs, whatever they can use to locate explosives should be used...although I'm not keen on honey.
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