Saturday, December 03, 2005

Sting operation

The drug-sniffing dogs students across America see roaming through the hallways of their schools could soon be replaced by... wasps!

Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.

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"They have to be good detectors because their whole survival depends on it," Lewis said.

Rains said the wasps can be trained to detect a specific odor very quickly. The researchers expose hungry wasps to the target odor, then let them feed on sugar water for 10 seconds and then give them a one-minute break. After three repetitions of sniffing and feeding, the wasps associate the odor with feeding.

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They can work for as long as 48 hours, then they're released to live out their remainder of their two-to three-week life span.

This could bring a whole new meaning to the term "getting buzzed."

5 comments:

cliff said...

I got a whole can of "buzz kill" for our little wasp friends, it's called Raid and it kills bugs dead.

On another vein, I will laugh (to keep from crying) if the prohibitionists get their wasp minions to search out drugs and then petition the public for bullet proof vests to protect them from the evil dope dealers.

Anonymous said...

How do you explain this one? Take your time, I know it'll take you a while to respond with all your brain damage:

Marijuana linked to brain damage


Adolescents who regularly smoke marijuana risk damaging a key brain pathway associated with language development, and some predisposed to schizophrenia may contract the illness early, researchers said Wednesday, also at the meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Brain scans revealed microscopic abnormalities in a region of the brain that governs higher aspects of language and listening functions in adolescents who are heavy marijuana smokers.

Jonathan Perri said...

Well anonymous why do you think we want to see marijuana legalized and regulated? TO make it harder for adolescents (or those under 21) to obtain marijuana. Ask any high school student if it is easier to buy marijuana or to buy alcohol. Drug dealers don't card you when you buy from them, they don't care how old you are. Marijuana should be used responsible for Americans over the age of 21. How many negative correlations can you link to alcohol or pharmacueticals? Many more than marijuana but I'm sure you feel that alcohol is easier to use responsibly compared with marijuana.

Drugs are not being kept out of the hands of children regardless of what fantasy world you live in.

How dare you insist anyone here has brain damage. With your inability to even properly research our group or its missions you prove you may be the only one hear with a learning disability.

You should try researching, thinking, and listening and you will see that we are not promoting drug use but drug law reform.

Those who do not know their oppents argument, do not truly understand their own.

Tom Angell said...

Indeed Jon, schoolyard drug dealers don't care about the ID's in students' wallets; they only care about the money in them.

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