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Wasps could replace bomb, drug sniffer dogs

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news icon rTrained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.

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ChrisC098

That is awsome. :w00t: I just wonder how long the average wasp lives.

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_Nyx_

Kratos posted a similar story Here last night. It's pretty interesting if it can be made to work effectively. :)

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darkknight
Rains said the wasps can be trained to detect a specific odor very quickly. The researchers expose hungry wasps to the target odor, then let them feed on sugar water for 10 seconds and then give them a one-minute break. After three repetitions of sniffing and feeding, the wasps associate the odor with feeding.

what if the wasp gets loose.... :lol:

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ROGER
:D Or in the case of the Bomb finding bees , an enemy Bird eats your detectors. I will really be surprised if this Idea flies(as it were).

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GreyWeather

:D Or in the case of the Bomb finding bees , an enemy Bird eats your detectors. I will really be surprised if this Idea flies(as it were).

^ haha, you punn'ed.

but hm, seems kinda mean to stuff a few wasps in a portable radio that finds bombs...

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Yelekiah

Five minutes. I just love the convenience of that.

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rickfury188

That's cool. Wasps can be a very stealthy alternative to dogs. Plus, they probably won't be as dirty as dogs. I never would have guessed wasps could do that.

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AztecInca

It seems bugs are "all the rage" when it comes to these sort of things of late!

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