Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lasing Mosquitos

Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures uses lasers to zap mosquitoes:
The laser detection is so precise that it can specify the species, and even the gender, of the mosquito being targeted. “The women are bigger. They beat at a lower frequencies,” Mr. Myhrvold said. Since it is only the female mosquitoes who bite humans, for the sake of efficiency, his system would leave the males alone.
Read the whole thing to learn how many mosquitoes it can shoot down per second.

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