Move over, bomb-sniffing dogs and bees. You've got some serious competition in bomb-sniffing mice (the kind with four legs, not the kind you use with a mousepad).
Israeli start-up BioExplorers has created a system that relies on the rodents' keen sense of smell to detect explosives or drugs.
The system is aimed at airports, government buildings, malls, mass transit, and other public venues, though it fortunately does not require that mice scamper all over you or your bags to ascertain whether you're carrying contraband.
Instead, the person being screened walks through a passageway in the BioExplorers system, which looks a lot like a standard airport metal detector.
A fan pushes air into a biosensor receptor, and delivers the air to a chamber inhabited by four to eight mice that have been specially trained at the Bomb Sniffing Academy for Rodents. If they smell something they've been taught to recognize, they move into another chamber, which sets off an alarm. Security officials can then move in and take whatever steps they need to take next. … Read more