Sticking your arm inside a box of mosquitoes to get bit is very probably the most fearless thing a person on this planet can do. It’s also very probably the dumbest thing in the world to do because you’ll end up with over 30 itchy mosquito bites that’ll make you want to rip the skin off your arm.
Malaria is a horrifying disease. It explodes your cells and wears their skins as camouflage so it can more effectively burst more cells. The disease kills over a million people every year—but as Kurzgesagt explains, our best bet to eradicate malaria is by building a new mosquito.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already issued one Zika-related travel advisory in the United States, but that soon may expand to one of our country’s largest summer party cities.
Mosquitos are little bastards that do more killing, spread more disease, and cause more annoyance than any other creature on Earth. That’s because they have a really sophisticated needle-like system for biting us to suck our blood. But exactly how they bite might surprise you.
In February, the White House formally asked Congress for $1.8 billion dollars to help combat the Zika virus this summer. Now, the Senate has worked out a bipartisan deal will allocate $1.1 billion in emergency funding.
It looks like a regular ad hoarding, but get close to this billboard and you might notice something strange. The panel is actually designed to release a synthetic version of human sweat, which it uses to lure and trap mosquitos.
A study out today from the Center for Disease Control confirms what many researchers already believed to be true: the Zika virus does indeed cause microcephaly as well as a wide range of additional and severe fetal brain defects.
Mosquitos suck. It's not just because of those itchy red bites we all get in the summer, either. Mosquitos suck because they're the deadliest animals on the planet, and none of our classic strategies from combatting the threat seem to be working. That's why we're turning the mosquitos against themselves.
The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here's our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE.
This little bastard is the deadliest animal in the world, with an estimated 750,000 human deaths every year. According to this great visualization posted by Bill Gates, mosquitoes kill 163,780 more humans than all the other "dangerous" animals combined, including sharks, snakes, and humans—the second deadliest animal.
A team of scientists just made an exciting and very pop culture-friendly discovery in Montana: The first ever fossilized mosquito with a belly full of blood. This little guy's been hanging out underground for 46 million years, and it's a small miracle that it hung in there so long.
Contrary to what’s been portrayed in Hollywood films, scientists have never actually been able to recover traces of blood from a preserved insect. This incredible fossil of a 46 million-year-old engorged mosquito has now changed that. But don’t get your hopes up about resurrecting extinct species.
For the first time in history, scientists have completed successful human trials of a malaria vaccine that provides 100% protection against the often fatal disease.
You're probably going to want to sit down for this one. And hold your loved ones near if you've got them, because it's time to wake up from our slumber of lies—apparently Jurassic Park is, in fact, not scientifically accurate. All because of one little, mistyped mosquito.
Summer usually means sticky sweaty skin and mosquitos who love to bite that sticky sweaty skin. How do you prevent mosquitos from biting you? Certainly not with sonic bug repellants and definitely not with sonic bug repellant smartphone apps. They don't work. They never did. They never will.
Meet Steve Schutz. Some might say he's very dedicated to his work. But others would call him downright crazy. You see Steve works in an insectarium, a place where mosquitos are born and raised. And to ensure its residents are well-fed and propagate, he serves up his bare arm once a week for dinner.
On March 9, 1913, the still-around Salt Lake Tribune published a one Dr. Gustav Luchy's simple plan to traverse the wastes of Antarctica and extract the continent's vast mineral riches.
It's summertime and you want something adventurous to do. Maybe you're visiting NYC and want to see more than the Statue of Liberty, or maybe you're stuck in NYC for the summer and tired of the usual. Why not try a night under the stars in Central Park? Sure, it's not really legal, and it's littered with crackheads,…
Malaria is still one of the world's deadliest diseases, and the effort to stop it involves everything from lasers to nanotech. New discoveries reveal that the trick to stopping malaria may involve spreading a disease that already lives within mosquitoes.
Spiders have been a plague on the earth ever since they marched their eight feet out of hell. In some areas, spiders have been known to cocoon entire trees. And it turns out there's a benefit to their efforts.