Sniffer bees firm seeks funds
Rory Cellan-Jones reports on Inscentinel, a young British company, which trains bees to detect explosives without harming them The bees are trained by rewarding them with sugar whenever they detect the target substance.
Picture: A honeybee (Apis mellifera) drinking nectar from a flower. In nature bees learn a whole range of stimuli to guide them to food sources and then return with it to the hive.
According to the company:
"Honeybees make excellent detectors because they are inexpensive, quick to train (a few minutes per bee) and have extremely low limits of detection (odours can be detected to parts per trillion levels)".
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For more info on Inscentinel, who are looking for investors, click here.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Steven Poole, writing for the Guardian on Saturday March 15, reviews "Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration", by Keith Sawyer and concludes that the book's big idea is that there is no such thing as the lone genius: everything turns out to be collaborative.