Friday, February 12, 2010

Laser Fried Mosquito

This is randomly cool. Now you can shoot down mosquitoes with a laser printer and a few other parts. Now if we could only do the same thing for liturgical dance squads.

[NYT] Nathan Myhrvold, [...] has assembled commonly available technology — parts used in printers, digital cameras and projectors — to make rapid lasers to shoot down mosquitoes in mid-flight. If bed nets are the low-tech solution to combat the deadly disease — caused by a parasite transmitted when certain mosquitoes bite people — the laser is a high-tech one.

He estimates that the devices could potentially cost as little $50, [and] that normally the lasers could shoot down anywhere between 50 to 100 mosquitoes per second.

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