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posted by Fnord666 on Monday September 21 2020, @11:18AM   Printer-friendly
from the Pew-Pew dept.

For several decades there have been various incarnations of the idea of using lasers to zap flying insects, particularly mosquitoes. One of the systems in active development is the Photonic Fence from Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. Researchers from the laboratory recently published their findings on determining the optimal dosage to kill mosquitoes using the least amount of energy. One of the criticisms of their system has been that the areas in greatest need for mosquito eradication provide unreliable power, so their system would most likely need to operate by providing its own power.

Their research found that the optimal pulse duration for the lasers they are considering in their design is 25 ms. A significant difference between this research and their previous work is that this study was conducted on in-flight mosquitoes as opposed to previous work that used anesthetized specimens, which demonstrated their vision-based track and targeting system. An added bonus is the four slow-motion videos provided in the Supplemental Information section showing mosquitoes being zapped.

Keller, M.D., Norton, B.J., Farrar, D.J. et al. Optical tracking and laser-induced mortality of insects during flight, Sci Rep 10, 14795 (2020).

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  • (Score: 2) by canopic jug on Monday September 21 2020, @03:14PM (2 children)

    by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 21 2020, @03:14PM (#1054447) Journal

    No problem. TED talks vary quite a bit but all the presentation topics and presenters must be verified independently since there seem to be no particular qualifications to present. Many others besides Intellectual Ventures also misuse TED talks as a form of advertising and misdirection. They are sneaky bastards and are trying to polish their reputation. Their excutive roster, past and present, is a rogues' gallery, including at least one from Tivo []. The earliest giveaway, if one were to dig deeply, is that Intellectual Ventures was founded by microsofters. The acorn has not fallen far from the tree.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @06:10PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @06:10PM (#1054543)

    Interestingly while checking that techrights site I noticed this article

    "Reminder: Vice Chair of the Linux Foundation’s Board is an Oracle Executive Who Used to Work for Microsoft" []

    What better way to destroy Linux than from the inside. Then they can claim that the free model can't work.

    • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by fakefuck39 on Monday September 21 2020, @06:54PM

      by fakefuck39 (6620) on Monday September 21 2020, @06:54PM (#1054574)

      That website looks like someone barfed up some random spam emails and saved it in an html file. Where's your "article" nigger?