Mosquitoes Shot Down by Targeted Laser
Professional eccentric millionaire (billionaire?), Nathan Myhrvold‘s Intellectual Ventures Laboratory has delivered a live demo of a “laser gun” designed to track mosquitoes in flight and then burn them with the searing blue-white heat of a thousand thousand photons.
Although the prototype at TED was restricted to showing its skeeter-tracking abilities only, using a harmless green laser for safety reasons, IVL made a video of their gun in action, and we’ve got a segment after the jump:
Ideally, Myhrvold would like the gun to be used to control mosquito populations in malaria stricken areas of the world. We consider this to be a worthy endeavor, but we can’t help adding this single phrase to your enjoyment of the video. “Curse you, Red Baron!“
Alternate title: What Life Would be Like If Your Cat Had Laser Vision.
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