Forget sniffer dogs, crack teams of mice are being trained to detect bombers and drugs couriers at airports.
The sniffer rodents are then hidden in airport scanners, ready to raise the alarm.
The detector has been built by Israeli researchers who say it is more accurate than using dogs, pat downs and x-ray machines.
The animals work four-hour shifts, milling around in an allocated cartridge while sniffing air pumped in from outside.
When they pick up traces of explosives or drugs, they flee to a side chamber, triggering an alarm, New Scientist reports.
To avoid false positives, more than one mouse must run away. Courier Mail.
Yes you read right, sniffer rodents, I mean really. I admit I know nothing about rodents, but this does seem up there with the ridiculous. Security expert Bruce Schneier told New Scientist: "Animals" noses are always a good solution, and the mice don"t see you naked." Well there is an up side, but still it just seems a bit beyond it, and there is the side of animal cruelty as well, as far as radiation is concerned.
Passengers at England's Manchester Airport will be greeted by holograms of staff from next week in a bid to reduce security check queues.
The images of the customer service workers were created using the same cutting edge technology which is used in the music industry by bands such as the Gorillaz.
It is being trialled at terminal one where passengers are being met by holograms of real-life employees John Walsh and Julie Capper.
The digital illusions will greet travellers before they go into the security search area, explaining liquid restrictions and reminding customers about boarding cards. Bigpond News
This I think is not that bad an idea, but still there is always the argument that someone has lost a job over this, or that people who could of been employed misses out on a job. With the world's population of course getting bigger, there needs to be more jobs created not less. I have often wondered about new technologies, and a lot do take away jobs that could of been, but still I feel we will see a lot more of this type of thing in the future.
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