Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
Julia Geiser‘s collage aesthetic follows the well worn path of many collage artists; the use of vintage images, elements of sci-fi, animal hybrids and so on but there it stops, finishes and Geiser heads off on a twisted macabre tangent. Geiser loves the darkness, or perhaps its Japanese food she has a passion for because nearly every image is carefully sliced and diced, ready for serving, beautifully composed and presented. And if it’s not slicing and dicing it’s something equally bizarre. Geiser does more than present people as sashimi but it remains the clearest example of her strange imagination and if you look through her portfolio you’ll quickly realise that all her work is executed with aplomb in a style that is all of her own. (source: Mutantspace)