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Mosquito-Blasting Laser Gun Unveiled

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Malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease, kills between one and three million people annually. Although both treatable and preventable, it still claims the lives of more than about 2 children every minute (most of them from poverty-stricken areas of Africa).

To fight this serious epidemic, Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures Lab has designed a mosquito-killing laser gun. The device, made from spare parts found on Ebay, has the ability to track mosquitoes in flight and shoot them down with a precise death-ray.

To see slow-motion footage of a mosquito getting zapped, check out the video below:

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The lab is also developing a special type of fence that would safely and efficiently protect people from these dangerous insects. Explained below:

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