“A Florida spiny lobster is more than a main dish” argue the scientist of Florida searching ways to help army detect landmines and hidden explosives from a safer distance through lobster sniffing around for food on the sea floor.
From a safer distance is always better from the exact location, because it can be too late. This is exactly what the researchers are after. Current detectors “sniff out” explosive materials, but always need a human handling the electronic nose to pinpoint the exact location, Principe said. A new device using a “lobster nose” could direct human handlers to the source from a safe distance.
Each bursting neuron responds to a whiff at a different frequency for a lobster and sensing the time between whiffs helps the lobster pinpoint the source, says Barry W. Ache, a distinguished professor of neuroscience and biology and director of the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste.
Lobster olfactory cells with an advanced Computer modeling helped the team conceptualize how a lobster was extracting and processing information from the environment, Principe said.
I now look at lobsters from a different point of view than super-expensive dishes in a NY restaurant.