3D printed moth antennae uses smell to detect drugs and explosives

3D printed moth antennae uses smell to detect drugs and explosives

In a life-critical situation man-made sensors can take minutes to detect the presence of gas or explosives in the air. A moth however is able to sense explosive pheromones in a matter of seconds. To replicate this instinct, researchers have 3D printed the feathery antenna of a North American polyphemus moth. In doing so, the study introduces the possibility of sensors that passively “smell” the presence of dangerous substances. I smell a gas leak… Photo of a polyphemus moth by Lisa Brown, meanandpinchy on Flickr. “Masters of chemical communication” In nature moths and other insects use an acute sense […]

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