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The Star Wars Mosquito Connection

Posted by Non-Hamster on April 5th, 2009

In the seemingly never ending war against the mosquito and it's ability to spread diseases such as malaria it's come down to the discovery that apparently it DOES take a rocket scientist to get the job done as is revealed in a recent Wall St. Journal article.

Apparently these guys have come up with a way to use laser technology originally designed for the SDI or "Star Wars" defense system to zap mosquitoes from a distance.  Their system is even able to tell the difference between male and female mosquitoes which is important because it's the female that drinks blood and spreads disease.

The question I have is that sure, it works in the lab, how are they proposing to deploy this system in real life?  I can just picture truck mounted lasers roaming through neighborhoods and I am not a hamster, that thought brings to mind pictures of people and pets that accidentally get zapped because they moved at the wrong time or because the targeted mosquito happened to land on the just as the laser fires.

Technorati Tags: Female Mosquitoes, Rocket Scientist, Star wars System, Diseases, Malaria, Sdi, Mosquitoes, Mosquito, Laser Technology, Star Wars, Lasers, Journal Article

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