Are you intrigued? HeroRats? Really? Really. Rats as heros? Really? Really
Seems as though rats can be trained to detect unexploded land mines.
And they work for peanuts--and bananas.
Rats are currently only sniffing out landmines in Mozambique, but negotiations are underway to expand the project into Zambia, Congo and Angola.
Seems the rats are ideal candidates for detecting landmines because they are easily trained, possess superior senses of smell and are too light to actually detonate the explosives themselves.
Once again, low tech is the answer. Cheap, too.