The Electronic Nose and The Strange Future of Public Health & Safety

Over in Nate Lewis’ Cal­tech lab, they’re work­ing on devel­op­ing an “elec­tron­ic nose” that can sniff out dis­eases, bombs, dan­ger­ous tox­ins and beyond. And then they want to put that e‑nose right in your smart­phone.

Need to find out if you have a lit­tle tuber­cu­lo­sis? No prob­lem, there’s an app for that. Won­der­ing if that pow­der may be anthrax? Oh iPhone, what say you?

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