(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) FRANCE — With their keen sense of smell, sniffer dogs reign supreme as bomb detectors. But because dogs can get easily distracted, cannot work all day long, and require expensive training and handling, researchers are trying to develop instruments that can match the sensitive detection of a canine’s nose. At a security research center, Dr. Spitzer and his colleagues are working on a device that is more responsive in its detection of explosive chemicals than the current bomb detectors on the market, which work most effectively in detecting explosive particles on surfaces rather than in the air. Read on for more on these researchers’ attempts to develop such a device, and how the challenge is providing these researchers with a whole new respect for dogs. — Global Animal
A sniffer dog is taught to sniff out and alert his trainer of explosive chemicals.
Photo Credit: Marion Corber

Read more of the New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/science/explosives-detectors-aim-to-go-nose-to-nose-with-sniffer-dogs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp?src=dayp