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Wasped out

A New York Times article about using wasps’ natural abilities to detect odors like a bloodhound, quoted Glen C. Rains, an associate professor in the department of biological and agricultural engineering.

“We devised a way of detecting the change in behavior of the wasps that would tell us when they detected an odor,” Rains said. “Pavlov’s dog, when you rang the bell, would always salivate. Well, wasps don’t salivate, but we found some specific behaviors they did do.”