Bomb-sniffing bees

The amazing honeybee sense of smell is being trained for bomb-sniffing.

Pentagon officials acknowledge that the idea of bomb-sniffing bees has a public relations problem, a “giggle factor,” as one official put it. But that official and scientists working on the project insist the idea shows great potential.

“It appears that bees are at least as sensitive or more sensitive to odors than dogs,” said Dr. Alan S. Rudolph, program manager for the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is overseeing the experimentation.

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