Jes Burns
Jes Burns

Jes Burns

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Jes Burns is a science reporter and producer for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor, host and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced radio and television stories for various NPR news programs, “Marketplace” and “PBS NewsHour.”

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

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It’s a moth, it’s a drone, it’s ‘Smellicopter’

No technology even comes close to the speed and sensitivity of insects and animals when it comes to detecting odors. Now, engineers in Washington have built a moth/drone cyborg called the “Smellicopter” to tap into that insect superpower. It combines the mobility of the drone with the scent sensitivity of moths to detect chemical leaks, explosive devices and even people buried under rubble.







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