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Bomb-Sniffing Bees Could Find Unexploded Mines In Croatia
2013-05-20 09:02:53

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Navy has used dolphins to hunt for undersea mines and dogs have been used to sniff out bombs on land. Now, scientists are incorporating honeybees in the hunt for unexploded landmines in Croatia and possibly other war-ravaged countries in the Balkans. Bees have a perfect sense of smell and scientists believe that smell might save hundreds of lives if they can be trained to sniff out the odor from unexploded ordnance (UXOs)....

2010-06-16 21:51:56

Anyone who is an online shopper and humanitarian might find this research project appealing. Physics professor John Scales is working on a low-cost, human-focused, high technology effort to stop the devastation of unexploded buried land mines with a novel acoustical/microwave detection system. The work is described in the Journal of Applied Physics, which is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). In a project sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research...

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2009-12-22 14:30:00

A team of European researchers has devised a method for locating plastic anti-personnel mines, which are manufactured to avoid detection by metal detectors. The technique involves analyzing the temperature of the ground in three dimensions using specific software and hardware, according to a study published in the journal Computers & Geosciences. "Detecting anti-personnel mines is a very important and costly area of humanitarian work, and uncovering plastic mines is particularly hard,...

2009-08-31 15:08:50

Authorities in Cincinnati said the bomb squad was called to dispose of a land mine discovered in the garage of a home. Police said the Cincinnati Bomb Squad was called to the home Sunday afternoon by the resident who found the device and the mine was safely destroyed, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported Monday. Bomb squad officers did not say whether the mine was active and they did not specify whether the device was destroyed at the scene or taken to a secure location for detonation. No one was...

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2009-05-19 12:35:29

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have created a testing facility designed to assist in the improvement of land mine detection equipment. Scientists said they will use the test facility to evaluate and enhance sensors designed to detect buried land mines by use of an automated system that measures the response of individual electromagnetic induction sensors or arrays of sensors against land mines buried at many possible angles. The researchers said electromagnetic induction...

2008-08-07 00:00:23

By Douglas Morino WOODLAND HILLS -- The land mines they defused and removed from war-torn regions of Southeast Asia lie like specimens on display thousands of miles away in a cramped, fifth-story office in the San Fernando Valley. Sitting alongside photographs of fields dotted with mines in Vietnam and Cambodia, the palm-size explosives serve as reminders of just how long armed conflicts can linger. "You can see why they are so dangerous," said Brian Gilmore, head of program development...

2008-08-01 09:00:49

Text of report in English by Pristina-based independent internet news agency KosovaLive Prishtina [Pristina], 31 Jul (KosovaLive) - Nita Vula walked towards her supervisor, arm outstretched, with a smile across her face. A spider bite had just caused her hand to swell to nearly double its normal size, but she was not worried. The bite was nothing compared to the dangers she faces every day at her job. Vula is the only female de-miner that works in the Civil Protection Brigade (CPB) division...

2008-07-22 09:00:55

More than 6.5 million square meters land of Afghanistan cleaned up from explosive devices: officials KABUL, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed de-mining agency Mine Action Program for Afghanistan (MAPA) has cleaned up more than 6.5 million square meters of land from explosive devices over the past six months in Afghanistan, director of the agency Haider Reza said Monday. "In the past six months from January to June 2008 MAPA has cleared 65,361,363 square meters land from explosive devices...

2008-07-21 15:00:48

More than 38,000 land mines have been cleared this year in Afghanistan, one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, a U.N. official said Monday. The explosive devices removed from the Afghan landscape in the past six months represent 10 percent of the total number cleared in the past 18 years, Haider Reza, program director of the U.N. Mine Action Center for Afghanistan, said in a news release. More than 4 million Afghans live in areas riddled with land mines, the senior U.N....

2006-05-12 07:55:00

By Hugh Bronstein SIBATE, Colombia (Reuters) - Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year. The smartest rat among the first six that the government is teaching to locate explosive devices planted by leftist rebels, she has a 90 percent success rate in locating explosive material in her laboratory training maze. Police animal...


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