No machine can beat a dog’s bomb-detecting sniffer

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 14:31 in Mathematics & Economics

A bomb-sniffing dog walks in front of a courthouse during the 2015 trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images This story was first published on June 3, 2013. It covered the most up-to-date technology in bomb detection at the time, with a focus on research based off canine olfaction. Today, dogs still hold an edge to chemical sensors with their noses: They’ve even been trained to sniff out bed bugs, the coronavirus, and homemade explosives like HMTDs. IT’S CHRISTMAS SEASON at the Quintard Mall in Oxford, Alabama, and were it not a weekday morning, the tiled halls would be thronged with shoppers, and I’d probably feel much weirder walking past Victoria’s Secret with TNT in my pants. The explosive is harmless in its current...

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