Sniffer Bees and TNT

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Chemistry is everywhere and the clever Chemists can take two seemingly random items and link them together. TNT is an explosive composed of an Arene and a Bee is a Bee. I would like you to look at the structure of TNT and compare it to the structure of some of the Arenes you have made in the lab. How close are the structures? Any ideas for the conversion of these to TNT? Why is TNT explosive?

What is the link with ‘sniffer’ Bees? Do some research and comment on the link between the two and the feasibility of the studies / reports you find. What is it about TNT and Bees that makes them suitable for this application?

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