Mosquitoes stalk human warmth with ‘cooling cells’

Mosquitoes are one of the planet's deadliest animals. New research clarifies how they use the warmth of our bodies to find a meal.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Feb. 6, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology mosquitoes sensors temperature

Compound keeps mosquitoes from spreading malaria parasite

A new drug target may offer a way to keep the malaria parasite from spreading, researchers say.

Holly Bennett-U. Melbourne | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine malaria mosquitoes parasites

Bed nets with extra layer better shield against malaria

An extra barrier layer above malaria bed nets significantly improves their performance, a new study shows.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine malaria mosquitoes pesticides

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

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