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Mice Trained for Airport Security

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Israeli scientists have created a detector, similar looking to a full-body scanner but with three concealed cartridges each containing eight specially trained mice.


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Marti Williams (170)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:51 pm

Carrie B (306)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:52 pm
"Israeli scientists have created a detector, similar looking to a full-body scanner but with three concealed cartridges each containing eight specially trained mice.
According to the New Scientist the mice work four-hour shifts and are more accurate than using dogs and x-ray machines, the researchers claim.
Air is pumped into the cartridges every four hours so the mice can breathe.
When the mice sense traces of drugs they run to a side chamber where the trigger an alarm, the magazine said.
Eran Lumbroso, and inventor whose company BioExplorers is hopeful a larger company will help with the final stages of development, said: "It is as if they are smelling a cat and escaping. We detect the escape."
The device was tested last year on 1,000 shoppers in a Tel Aviv shopping mall when the mice successfully picked out 22 people carrying mock explosives.
The idea may be appealing to airport authorities who feel that body scanners invade customers privacy."

Freya H (345)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:04 pm
So who would have issues with a pat-down by Mickey? :D

Nancy sands (448)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:38 pm
Are they going to give jobs to the handicapped like the "Three Blind Mice?

Carrie B (306)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:42 pm
OK Nancy and Freya, I am still laughing!

Verlene Park (10)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 9:20 pm hopefully the mice are fed well, not abused and I hope they have a good insurance policy!!! I'm mixed between "amusement" and concern. I guess it's better than using them in "experiments"? My verdict is still out! I think the mice would STILL rather be free and running through the fields...but then would human "office" workers stuck in cubicles, right?!?!?! : )

Constance F (418)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 10:06 pm
Noted. Ditto, Verlene. Great comment

Jae A (316)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 11:25 pm
Still laughing here also.

Verlene , right !!!!

Great article Carrie. I think it's a great idea. I imagine the mice are treated well , plus they are not having to run from researchers or their natural preditors while doing a service in helping keep people and animals safe from explosives ...that could be used who knows where should pass through check points undetected. These mice are simply earning their keep and safety ...good trade me thinketh.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 12:54 am
Weird and wonderful. How fantastic to find a natural way to screen crowds without the need of dangerous x-rays.

KS Goh (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 2:24 am
Thanks for the article.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:07 am
The mice would cost a lot less than the X-rays too.

. (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:35 am
Thank you for the article.

Sandra T (126)
Friday February 4, 2011, 9:16 am
Thank you Carrie, not really sure what to think about this one, as long as the animals are not being stripped of their basic needs in any way, then I would agree it's a lot safer than xrays.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 7:58 pm
Noted, thanks. I agree with Verlene. Do drugs smell like explosives????

Charla D (67)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 8:07 am
I vastly prefer mice, dogs, or any cute furry creature over the TSA brownshirts and dangerous, invasive x-ray machines. As others have already stated, as long as the little critters are treated well, I'm all for it.

Henry P (171)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 8:23 pm
Noted Thanks for the post

Shirley S (187)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 9:56 pm

Corinna M (40)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 1:10 am
Whay will they think of next?

Barbara Erdman (63)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 8:25 pm
Noted and thanx Carrie :)

Roger G (148)
Monday May 9, 2011, 2:04 pm
what will they invent next ?
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