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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    27 Sep '14 14:37
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/26/world/africa/hero-rats-sniff-out-landmines-and-tb/index.html?hpt=wo_t2
  2. 27 Sep '14 16:14 / 2 edits
    it says:

    "...A single rat can clear 200 square feet in an hour (done manually, the same area would take 50 hours to clear). A TB-detection rat can evaluate 50 samples in eight minutes (almost a day's work for a lab technician)...."

    Very impressive!
    I think even all the rich countries should use them! -the money and time saved could then be extra money and time to spend on doing other good things.
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    27 Sep '14 20:09
    Originally posted by humy
    it says:

    "...A single rat can clear 200 square feet in an hour (done manually, the same area would take 50 hours to clear). A TB-detection rat can evaluate 50 samples in eight minutes (almost a day's work for a lab technician)...."

    Very impressive!
    I think even all the rich countries should use them! -the money and time saved could then be extra money and time to spend on doing other good things.
    Although, I didn't see statistics on how fast dogs/humans did the same job. If the Dog/human team could work twice as fast as the rat/human team, maybe it would make things more equal.
  4. 28 Sep '14 05:49
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Although, I didn't see statistics on how fast dogs/humans did the same job. If the Dog/human team could work twice as fast as the rat/human team, maybe it would make things more equal.
    Rats doesn't weigh much, dogs do. How much weigh does it take to activate a mine to a blast?

    I go for the super rat! https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5aZqU9sZgCo8vcqSJMxD5MKUHN2BWA_4T5rq6XLt3zMVm_JTpWw
  5. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    28 Sep '14 14:37
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Rats doesn't weigh much, dogs do. How much weigh does it take to activate a mine to a blast?

    I go for the super rat! https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5aZqU9sZgCo8vcqSJMxD5MKUHN2BWA_4T5rq6XLt3zMVm_JTpWw
    I imagine they wouldn't want dogs to activate a mine since it is a weapon against humans. So SuperRat is the hero here!