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Bees: The Latest Addition To The London Police Force

Bees: The Latest Addition To The London Police Force
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London police use the pollen analysis of their fleet of bee-detectives to fight crime.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 23 february 2011

Are bees the next private eyes? The London police seem to think so. The metro police in the UK have started employing palynology, the science that studies particles that are between five and five hundred micrometers, like pollen and spores.

With their keenly honed pollen gathering skills, the bees are helping police to track what plants people are growing and whether or not they are genetically modified, ie. who’s growing pot (or other contraband substances) in their backyard, and who is participating in accidental or malicious cross-pollination. Not only that, but pollen analysis can determine if someone was present at a crime scene.

Watch a video about the project below:
‘Grow Your Own’ – from the Policing Genes Project from Thomas Thwaites on Vimeo.

Computerworld: “Police bees for surveillance, tracking and buzzzsting biohackers?”

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