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Explosives detection using bees

Explosives detection using bees

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43.4 x 29.0 cm ⏐ 17.1 x 11.4 in (300dpi)

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THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Explosives detection using bees. Researchers working with security guards at an airport, using honey bees (Apis mellifera) to detect chemical explosives. Honey bees are sensitive to the smell of flower nectar and pollen, but here have been trained to detect the smells from chemical explosives. Sniffer tubes are exposing the bees (in the blue box) to chemicals on the baggage, and their response is observed on a computer monitor (lower right). This work is being carried out by the UK research company Insense. Photographed at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, France.

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