What lies behind their exceptional gift of sniff? They haven’t got no noses, The fallen sons of Eve; Even the smell of roses Is not what they supposes; But more than mind discloses And more than men believe. —from “The Song of the Quoodle,” G.K.
After six years and nearly $19 billion in spending, the Pentagon task force assigned to create better ways to detect bombs has revealed their findings: The best bomb detector is…a dog. The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO (the Pentagon should really take a page