The Wall Street Journal reported last week that scientists have finally taken my advice and designed a ruthless mosquito-killing laser that could never ever malfunction and target human children by mistake. Former Lawrence Livermore Science Laboratory researchers have created a laser that aims only at female mosquitoes, using parts that they bought on Ebay (not kidding).
Hey, Dr. Strangelove. A little help here?
Lowell Wood, an astrophysicist, is the main force behind the mosquito laser. He was well known for his work on the “Star Wars” defense program of the…
…80’s that sought to shield the U.S. from Soviet missiles with satellites equipped with lasers. He has now turned that very same technology on mankind’s greatest nemesis.
The eventual goal is to create a defense system to stop the spread of malaria, a disease that kills over 1 trillion humans every year***.
The WSJ reported on how the laser in combination with flashlights work when aimed at a fish tank filled with mosquitos:
“To locate individual mosquitoes, light from the flashlights hits the tank across the room, creating tiny mosquito silhouettes 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.”
The computer makes a gunshot noise when the laser scores a direct hit. “We’d be delighted if we destabilize the human-mosquito balance of power,” Jordin Kare, another astrophysicist told the WSJ. Uh…what?
The laser could be used to form a perimeter around a house or village or be outfitted on an unmanned drone that patrolled the sky in a murderous rampage, the scientists are speculating. I would like one implanted in my forehead please.
***Statistics found on Zooillogix are derived from the research of Bleiman & Bleiman Polling and Data Analysis and may not reflect factual representations of the natural world.
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