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Israeli Company Trains Mice To Sniff Out Bombs

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TEL AVIV (CBSDC/AP) – In an effort to ferret out those trying to carry and conceal hidden bombs, drugs or other suspect materials, one Israeli company claims they have trained mice to sniff out any potential threats.

BioExplorers have developed a system where a person is hit by a small blast of air that is immediately pushed into a chamber where eight mice are waiting. The mice then smell the air for potentially hazardous or incendiary materials. They can even detect money.

If the person is a threat, the mice reportedly know to gather in a separate compartment as a means of alerting humans, AFP News learned.

“The idea began in 2000-2001, when there were many suicide bombings on [Israeli] buses,” BioExplorers founder and chief technology officer Eran Lumbroso was quoted as saying at the Israel Homeland Security exhibition in Tel Aviv.

File photo of mice. (Photo By Getty Images)

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  1. Manny Moenjack

    November 18th, 2012

    And there is the proof that mice are smarter than cats.

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  2. conservative cowgirl

    November 18th, 2012

    The mice would probably be better at decision making than our TSA. Less expensive, too! At least until mice unionize.

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  3. Nutjob

    November 18th, 2012

    Or they could just save americans a lot of taxpayer money by searching and frisking all foreignors instead of little kids, blue haired old ladies or disabled people in wheel chairs….because correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me middle-easternors have been the ones trying to blow up planes and people.
    But then again common sense doesn’t spend enough money when trying to break an economy or country.

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  4. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 18th, 2012

    Want cheese with that?

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  5. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 18th, 2012

    Let’s give the mice their own network since they seem smarter than the MSNBC folks.

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  6. MemphisRebel

    November 18th, 2012

    Could they teach them to cut the red wire?

    Or is it the blue wire?

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  7. The Dolfer

    November 18th, 2012

    How long before PETA chimes in? SAVE THE MICE!! SAVE THE MICE!!! OH THE HUMANITY!

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  8. dude

    November 18th, 2012

    Finally, democRATS are used for something useful

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  9. Bad Brad

    November 18th, 2012

    The TSA is using Gerbils. Standard issue. Easily stored.

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  10. Tim

    November 18th, 2012

    That’s nuthin!

    Our gov’t is training rats to sniff out tax avoiders in the private sector but to ignore tax cheats in Cabinet positions.

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  11. Dumbplumber

    November 18th, 2012

    Well, when Israel is done with them, bring them over here to screen most of the new sitcoms and all of the shows on MSNBC. You can add to that any movies made by Michael Moore, Oliver Stone or Sean Penn.

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