By putting a chemical compound in a sticker, our days of bug sprays and smelly candles could be over.
With science reaching the lofty heights it has, creating more mosquitoes was the only thing left to do. That's what researchers at John Hopkins Malaria Research Institute did: genetically engineered the Anopheles mosquito's own immune system to block the transmission of the malaria-causing parasite into humans.
In an effort to create new tools to control the population of disease-carrying pests (or just pests in general), researchers in the U.K. have modified certain mosquitoes with a lethal gene that kills offspring before they mature and bite people. This isn't just something happening in a lab, either — they've already been released.
OK, not to be overly skeptical here, but I seriously doubt this Japanese "Mosquito Buster" smartphone app actually keeps mosquitos away.
Bug season is upon us, but this time we're going to make a special effort to be ready for those bloodsucking varmints. Short of blasting them with lasers, maybe this Heated Itch Soother can help. The theory behind it: If...