MAK­ING LIGHT OF MOS­QUI­TOES

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - BIT RATE -

In the era of sci-fi, it wouldn’t be tough to imag­ine a tent made of laser that would pro­tect you from harm. Now Sz­abolcs Marka, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of physics at Columbia Univer­sity in the US, has al­most made it a re­al­ity. He has de­vel­oped a light shield that re­pels mos­qui­toes. The laser in­ter­feres with the in­sect’s power to sense hu­mans via light and heat. He has al­ready got $1 mil­lion from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, one of whose aims is malaria erad­i­ca­tion. Marka and his team are work­ing to de­velop a de­vice that that can be placed where mos­qui­toes hide.

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