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TEDxRotterdam - Bart Weetjens - How rats save lives

The wars of the last century have left behind 55 million landmines and unexploded ordnance. Landmines kill 40 to 50 people every day and 1.3 million acres of land around the world are infested with mines. When war is over mine clearance begins. Mine clearance is usually done manually with metaldetectors or minedetection dogs. This is a slow and expensive procedure. Bart Weetjens has a completely different approach to landmine detection. In an old labora tory in Belgium he began training giant pouched rats to detect explosives in minute amounts. He then moved to Tanzania where he now runs a worldclass training facility, working together with local communities. On TEDxRotterdam Bart Weetjens explains why some rats are heroes. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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