Why a locust? Because, say the scientists, insects are really good at this smelling thing: "A mosquito, for example, can detect a 0.01 percent difference in the level of carbon dioxide in the air," and existing technology can't.
How far advanced is this new creation supposed to be? One of the researchers, Dr. Yossi Yovel, offered: "A comparison with standard measuring devices showed that the sensitivity of the insect's nose in our system is about 10,000 times higher than the devices that are in use today."
This couldn't possibly work, could it?
Well, according to the scientists, this so-called bio-hybrid machine "is able to differentiate between at least eight pure odors and two mixtures of different odorants, independently of odorant concentration."
What kinds of smells are we talking about here? Lemon and marzipan, apparently. More significantly, this thing could apparently discern different kinds of Scotch whiskey.
I can hear you sniffing, "Yes, but what are the real world uses for this thing?"
Here is Dr. Ben Maoz from the video: "The future of this study is basically to use the system in places that smell is significant and we cannot identify the smell with the current tools. For example, to use the platform to identify explosives, drugs, and even rotten food."
So there you have it. Those extremely calm, kind lovable drug-sniffing dogs you see at the airport? One day, soon, out of a job. They've worked their way up. They've trained and trained. And this is how we repay them?