Sunday, March 15, 2009

Intellectual Ventures works on mosquito laser

From ROBERT A. GUTH at careerjournal :

Its [SDI, "Star Wars} rebirth as a bug killer came thanks to Nathan Myhrvold, a former Microsoft Corp. executive who now runs Intellectual Ventures LLC., a company that collects patents and funds inventions. His old boss, Mr. Gates, had asked him to explore new ways of combating malaria. At a brainstorming session in 2007, Dr. Wood, the Star Wars architect, suggested using lasers on mosquitoes.

Soon Dr. Wood, Dr. Kare and another Star Wars scientist teamed with an entomologist with a Ph.D in mosquito behavior and other experts. They killed their first mosquito with a hand-held laser in early 2008.

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Mosquito laser gun offers new hope on malaria: The laser – dubbed a weapon of mosquito destruction (WMD) – has been designed with the help of Lowell Wood, one of the astrophysicists who worked on the original Star Wars plan to shield America from nuclear attack. Note Times Online does NOT mention the Intellectual Ventures connection but does note The WMD laser works by detecting the audio frequency created by the beating of mosquito wings. A computer triggers the laser beam, the mosquito’s wings are burnt off and its smoking carcass falls to the ground. The research is backed by Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire.

has a piece: Scientists Develop Anti-Mosquito Laser

engadget has: Scientists shoot down malaria-carrying mosquitoes with frickin' lasers


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