Dog vs. machine: Who’s a better bomb detector?

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Reactions Science Videos | March 17, 2021

What’s better at finding a hidden bomb — a dog or an electronic chemical detector? In this episode, the Reactions team travels to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to find out.


Detection of land mines by amplified fluorescence quenching of polymer films: a man-portable chemical sniffer for detection of ultratrace concentrations of explosives emanating from land mines

Is It Possible to Predict the Odor of a Molecule on the Basis of its Structure?

Odors: from chemical structures to gaseous plumes.

Vapor Pressure of Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine (HMTD) Estimated Using Secondary Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

Detection dogs

Prostate cancer and dog sense of smell

Sniffing animals as a diagnostic tool in infectious diseases

Demining Dogs in Colombia - A Review of Operational Challenges, Chemical Perspectives, and Practical Implications

The Limits of Detection

Sniffing Out Bombs: Canine vs. Machine

Can next-generation bomb ‘sniffing’ technology outdo dogs on explosives detection?

Dogs Teach Bomb-Sniffing Machines New Tricks [Podcast episode, 2017]

America Is Running Out of Bomb-Sniffing Dogs [2017 article]

Dog sniffing at the superbowl

Birds and Dogs: Toward a Comparative Perspective on Odor Use and Detection

Dogs' olfactory diagnostics applied on human species: state of the art and clinical perspectives.

Odor Perception by Dogs: Evaluating Two Training Approaches for Odor Learning of Sniffer Dogs

Olfaction and aging

Olfactory Generalization in Detector Dogs

When the Nose Doesn’t Know: Canine Olfactory Function Associated With Health, Management, and Potential Links to Microbiota

Explosives-sniffing grasshoppers?

Sniffer dogs in the melanoma clinic? (This is the first study that indicated dogs might be able to sniff out cancers, but it was a case study)

Canine scent detection for the diagnosis of lung cancer in a screening-like situation

Conducting polymers in sensor design

DARPA Dog’s Nose

Produced by the American Chemical Society.


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