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The fascinating reason why there are no mosquitoes at Disney World

June 22nd, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

There are no mosquitoes in The Most Magical Place on Earth. That’s right, Disney World is so dedicated to making sure you have the time of your life that they’ve made the bugs practically disappear. How do they pull that off? No, the answer isn’t magic. Vlogger Rob Plays delved into the answer in a […]



Flying robot insect ditches wires, embraces freedom

May 21st, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick (via Mark Stone/University of Washington) Humanoid robots can’t take over the world alone: Insect-esque androids are a great distraction, their tiny mechanical bodies crawling or flying to divert attention from the cyborg uprising. Or, I suppose, they could be better used for time-consuming tasks too challenging for larger […]



‘Suddenly it was total mayhem’: Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

February 11th, 2018 at 1:16 am » Comments Off

Stuart Anderson and his son Cedar have invented a new bee hive which collects honey via taps and without having to disturb the bees. Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle […]



Genetically engineered bacteria—spread by mosquito sex—could spell the end of malaria

October 5th, 2017 at 12:14 am » Comments Off

The mosquito is a delicate insect, with spindly legs and a graceful proboscis. The parasitic, single-celled organisms that spread malaria are even smaller and more fragile, and scientists are trying their hardest to remove them from the planet. More than 400,000 lives every year are at stake—that’s more people than die of international terrorist attacks, […]



Mosquito wars – introducing one million non-biting sterile male mosquitoes weekly into the wild

August 9th, 2017 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Last October, we announced the Debug Project, an initiative at Verily to reduce the devastating global health impact that disease-carrying mosquitoes inflict on people around the world. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of Debug Fresno, our first field study in the U.S. to test a potential mosquito control method using sterile insect technique […]



Scientists can remove fears from your brain

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.



“Brain Malware”: How Hackers could get inside your brain

September 6th, 2016 at 6:42 am » Comments Off

Hackers have spyware in your mind. You’re minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they’re gathering your most private information direct from your brain signals. Your likes and dislikes. Your political preferences. Your sexuality. Your PIN.



3D Breakthrough: Printed Tiny Cameras

August 11th, 2016 at 7:13 am » Comments Off

Another breakthrough has been made in the world of 3D printing as new tiny cameras have now been developed using this technology that is small enough to be injected into the human body with just a standard syringe.  That is pretty impressive!  These tiny, microscopic cameras are the size of a grain of salt, but […]



RoboBees will pollinate crops instead of real bees

August 8th, 2014 at 3:58 pm » Comments Off

As soon as 10 years from now these RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops. Honeybees pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat but they have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new […]



Mutant worm created that can’t get drunk

July 19th, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Genetically engineered worms could ultimately lead to anti-drunk pills for humans. A team of researchers recently made a genetic tweak to worms’ brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms’ genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. […]



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