Enlisting Insects in the Military

Teaching bees to sniff out land mines is just one approach researchers are taking to exploit nature's amazing expertise

Land mines dot much of Afghanistan's dusty terrain, a land just a little smaller than Texas. According to Human Rights Watch's best estimates, only two of the country's 29 provinces are free of mines. The most heavily infested are Herat, in the northwest, and the Taliban's stronghold, Kandahar. Any U.S. ground offensive or U.N. nation-building efforts following the conflict likely would take place in and around Kandahar.

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