Monday, March 16, 2009

Rocket Scientists Annihilate Mosquitoes with Lasers

Neo-Luddites and Modern Primitives are big fans of saying that technology is intrinsically dangerous, a dehumanizing force leading us to an inevitable nightmare scenario equal parts the nightmare futures of Terminator, the Matrix, Gattaca and Pluto Nash. But today, science showed that it is still and always can be a force for good.

How good? How about shooting goddamn mosquitoes out of the air with a laser? That's awesome, I don't care what you say about it.

Naturally, there are better reasons for this technology then reducing one of the most annoying, anti-BBQ insects on Earth into scorched bug bits. It can help with the 1 million deaths every year caused by mosquito-spread malaria.

Which is something we can all get behind. Unless, of course, you're a peak population adherent. But we can't please all of our doomsdaycults, can we?

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