Global Village Nagoya
ワシントン・ポスト紙に動物が地雷探知に使われつつあることについて興味深い記事がありましたので、内容を要約して英語多読記事にしました。 原文はこちら。The Washington Post "Dogs, rats, even bees tapped for land mine hunt'"(犬、ネズミ、そしてミツバチさえも地雷探知に使われる）
英語多読教材の英日対訳 Landmine Hunt and Animal Researchtはこちら。
We really find it hard to predict how research is used.
The Washington Post has an interesting article. When I was a university student, I saw many professors doing mysterious researches. I was always wondering when the researches were needed.
I got an answer to the question in the adolescent days.
It says human beings have started to look to animals to help detect explosives, and those animas are dogs, mice, bees and elephants. I know dogs can tell explosives apart by sniffing , but I was taken aback to know mice, bees and elephants are deployed to help detect landmines.
Mice have already been deployed in Africa to help detect landmines, and it is reported that a research has paid attention to bees that gathered in bins containing a sugar solution mixed with TNT.
The U.S Army is a big funder of the research of elephants that sniff out explosives. The U.S Army isn’t going to deploy elephants in war fields as Hannibal in ancient Carthage did, but it has focused on the noses of elephants and is going to develop electronic sensors to detect explosives by doing a research on elephants
Listed above, the article shows that all the researches on animal traits have been used widely.
Universities and research institutes have many research projects that are hard to imagine how the researches are related to daily life at first glance, but in fact because such researches are purposeful, universities have a variety of researchers.
If we know what fields researches are applied to, we can find it easier to look for meaning in research at universities.
Nothing is meaningless.
Life has meaning at every corner of life. Please be confident and never give up until someone finds your research.