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Electronic Noses?

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Posted December 30, 2008 by Ryan Huling

As you may or may not know, the armed forces have frequently “enlisted” dogs into intelligence and combat service, using them to find bombs and drugs — tasks that often endanger their lives. As is always the case, the authorities claimed that it was the best and most scientific way to seek these items, and as usual, they were wrong.

That’s because Yushan Yan, a UC — Riverside professor, and his team, have created electronic bomb-sniffing technology, which is able to identify tiny amounts of explosives, hazardous materials, and even landmines. These “electronic noses” can easily be used at airports and in military operations.

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This is just the latest in a series of technological advances that have helped take animals out of harmful situations (see “use of animals in crash tests” that PETA helped end at General Motors).

Unemployment is a big issue these days, but somehow I don’t think these dogs will mind losing their fatal “jobs” once and for all.

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  • 2400 days ago

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    Awesome! I was hoping they would find something other than dogs =D

  • 2403 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg! so cool

  • 2404 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats so cool that they finally found an alternative!! thats so cool that they finally found an alternative!! <3

  • 2405 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is excellent!

  • 2405 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s fantastic! Anything that protects dogs gets my thumbs up!

  • 2405 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I didn’t know that they finally found an alternative! That made my day (:

  • 2406 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That’s great!
    =)

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