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Olfactory bulb detects X-rays: cat

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The sensory system of cats detects X-ray radiation with the olfactory bulb, rather than the eyes.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"In 1965, a team of biologists at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, performed experiments that seemed to show that cats could detect X rays. In conditioning experiments, cats reacted to five-second exposures of X-ray radiation in order to avoid a mild rebuff. In attempting to pinpoint the body region responsible for this remarkable feat, the researchers found that the olfactory bulb behind the nasal and oral passages was the most responsive region, rather than the eyes." (Shuker 2001:21)
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Felidae
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Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Hand-held X-ray screening products.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Security, medical

References
Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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Hi Robyn,

Thanks for your comment! We've flagged this strategy as one that would benefit from a primary research reference. And community-contributed references are always welcome!

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Jen Schill
AskNature Content & Community Manager
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Can we get a solid citation for this? :)
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