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Hot picks: UK tech start-ups

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Sep 6, 2007.

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    Inscentinel is a biotechnology firm that aims to make handheld portable chemical detectors using live honeybees.

    The firm hopes that the detectors could be used in searches for explosives or drugs.

    "Basically we train honeybees to detect explosives by associating food with a sugar reward," said Dr David Grant, a scientist at the Hertfordshire based firm.

    "When we give them sugar and a smell at the same time they learn the two things go together so the next time they get the smell they expect sugar and they stick out their tongues."

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