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    Default Scientists Kill Mosquitoes With Fricken Lasers

    Red 5, you've turned off your targeting system, is anything wrong?

    http://www.livescience.com/technolog...ito-laser.html

    Physicists have created a laser weapon that targets mosquitoes. It is hoped that by finding an effective weapon against mosquitoes, the incidence of malaria could be reduced. Today, malaria kills about one million people every year around the world.
    "We'd be delighted if we destabilize the human-mosquito balance of power," says Jordin Kare, an astrophysicist who once worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the birthplace of some of the deadliest weapons known to man. More recently he worked on the mosquito laser, built from parts bought on eBay.

    According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the device is the brainchild of Lowell Wood, an astrophysicist who worked with Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb. Teller was also the architect of the original plan to use lasers to shield America from the rain of Soviet nuclear arms. This plan became known as the "Star Wars" project.

    Dr. Wood suggested that the laser shield idea could be used to zap mosquitoes.

    "Demonstrating the technology recently, Dr. Kare, Mr. Myhrvold and other researchers stood below a small shelf mounted on the wall about 10 feet off the ground. On the shelf were five Maglite flashlights, a zoom lens from a 35mm camera, and the laser itself -- a little black box with an assortment of small lenses and mirrors. On the floor below sat a Dell personal computer that is the laser's brain."

    Across the room, the glass box of mosquitoes is ready. The computer signals each "hit" with a gunshot sound.

    Here's how it works: first, to locate individual mosquitoes, the flashlights shine into the tank from across the room. Each mosquito creates its own silhouette on reflective material behind it. The zoom lens picks up the shadows and feeds the data to the computer, which controls the laser and fires it at the bug.

    Even better, the laser target only female mosquitoes; it uses the rate at which the wings beat to differentiate male from female.
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    Frickin' "Lasers"


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    "We'd be delighted if we destabilize the human-mosquito balance of power"
    best line of the article!

    They need to rig this thing to take out flies while they're at it. Put me down for one, I got a spot picked out on the back deck by the barbeque pit and patio furniture!

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    Great, put me down for one.

    Now, when does the one for door to door solicitors come out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Great, put me down for one.

    Now, when does the one for door to door solicitors come out?
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    I'll take the lasers.




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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    Frickin' "Lasers"

    That's the first thing I thought of when I read, "Fricken Lasers"!

    "Mini Me, stop humping the "laser". Honest to God! Why don't you and the giant "laser" get a fricken room for God's sakes?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    That's the first thing I thought of when I read, "Fricken Lasers"!

    "Mini Me, stop humping the "laser". Honest to God! Why don't you and the giant "laser" get a fricken room for God's sakes?"

    LOL... Glad I wasn't the only one.

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    one question. If they wage war on mosquitoes and other bugs, how will this affect the rest of the animal world? You know, the creatures that eat these types of bugs for survival. Will this mean their eventual extinction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naked Wake View Post
    one question. If they wage war on mosquitoes and other bugs, how will this affect the rest of the animal world? You know, the creatures that eat these types of bugs for survival. Will this mean their eventual extinction?
    Since nobody seems to care that windmill generators kill bats, and bats eat mosquitoes, this thing might just fill the gap.

    Not to mention the decimated frog populations in the western hemisphere.

    I wouldn't worry about the mosquitoes, if DDT didn't end them then nothing will.
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