bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Bees find landmines, lidar finds the bees

The bees identifying landmines story is back again with a few more details this time. 97.5% accuracy is claimed after bees have been trained to associate the scent of landmines with a foodsource.

The extra details this time revolve around the use of lidar -- a detection and ranging technique similar to radar that uses laser light instead of radio waves -- to locate the position of honeybees that have been trained to find explosives. The researcher behind this development is Joseph Shaw of Montana State University.


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