Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

DEET ‘invisibility cloak’ may keep mosquitoes away

DEET may not repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes from humans after all. Instead, it may work like a cloak to hide our scent and fend off the critters' bites.

Rachel Butch-JHU | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine mosquitoes skin smell

Nazi scientists created an alternative to DDT pesticide

Researchers hunting for new pesticides came across DFDT, and soon found that German scientists in WWII had beaten them to it.

Rachel Harrison-NYU | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment history mosquitoes pesticides world-war-ii

Anti-psoriasis compound could lead to new drug for malaria

Reworking molecules originally designed to fight the skin disease psoriasis could pave the way for a new drug to combat malaria.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Sept. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-development malaria mosquitoes parasites psoriasis

Graphene barrier creates mosquito-proof fabric

"With the graphene, the mosquitoes weren't even landing on the skin patch—they just didn't seem to care."

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Sept. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology clothing fabric graphene materials-science mosquitoes nanotechnology

Invasive mosquitoes use ‘time-capsule’ eggs to move north

Asian tiger mosquitoes are pushing their geographical limits by laying eggs that don't hatch right away.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Aug. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology eggs insects invasive-species mosquitoes temperature weather

Amino acid trio blocks Zika’s ability to replicate

A formulation of three amino acids hampers the ability of the Zika virus to replicate in human and non-human cells, researchers say.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine amino-acids mosquitoes viruses zika

Our breath gets mosquitoes looking out for blood

"Our breath is just loaded with CO2. It's a long-range attractant, which mosquitoes use to locate a potential host that could be more than 100 feet away."

James Urton-Washington | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains carbon-dioxide insects mosquitoes senses smells vision

This may be mosquitoes’ secret weapon against malaria

Mosquitoes are pretty good at killing off the parasite that causes malaria. Now scientists know more about how they do it.

Fred Love-Iowa State | July 10, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems malaria mosquitoes parasites

Invasive mosquitoes protect local ones from a parasite

A mosquito native to Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its watery home with an intruder, research finds.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | May 21, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment insects invasive-species mosquitoes parasites

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