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Wasps could replace bomb, drug sniffer dogs

Posted on Monday, 5 December, 2005 | Comment icon 8 comments

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"Trained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ChrisC098 on 5 December, 2005, 13:06
That is awsome. I just wonder how long the average wasp lives.
Comment icon #2 Posted by LilaBurrows on 5 December, 2005, 15:08
Kratos posted a similar story Here last night. It's pretty interesting if it can be made to work effectively.
Comment icon #3 Posted by darkknight on 5 December, 2005, 15:22
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....
Comment icon #4 Posted by ROGER on 5 December, 2005, 17:44
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).
Comment icon #5 Posted by Leliel on 5 December, 2005, 19:30
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...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Yelekiah on 5 December, 2005, 19:35
Five minutes. I just love the convenience of that.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rickfury188 on 6 December, 2005, 0:47
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.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AztecInca on 6 December, 2005, 9:12
It seems bugs are "all the rage" when it comes to these sort of things of late!

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