The latest buzz from the Pentagon is a honey of a story: The military's trying to train bees to locate land mines.
And if a swarm of honeybees doesn't sound like your typical military unit, how about a battalion of beetles, a legion of lobsters and a gaggle of geckos? They've all been drafted into a DoD effort to explore, and possibly harness, the natural capabilities of the zoological kingdom.
DoD, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is in the midst of a three-year study to determine whether honeybees, equipped with tiny radio frequency tags, can help detect land mines. But as Alan Rudolph quickly pointed out, the current research with honeybees is part of a larger research study of possible military-related uses for crustaceans, insects and reptiles.