Today in Research: A Stealthy Way to Get Rid of Mosquitoes; More

Today in research: fish have their caveman epiphany, a mosquitoe trap, and women have better immune systems.

  • A stealthy way to get rid of mosquitoes. Remember this as you're wildly spraying mosquito-confusing DEET repellant everywhere: you aren't the only meal of the annoying insects. Mosquitoes mostly just partake in "modest sips of nectar from flowers or from ripe or rotting fruit," according to research by Hebrew University scientists relayed by The New York Times. That little tidbit isn't just for interest's sake. The point of the research, conducted in Israel and in West Africa, is to find ways to poison those preferred foods by using "Attractive Toxic Sugar Baits" that will kill off the pests. Judging from the newspaper's take, they seem to be promising a cheap and effective potential deterrent. [The New York Times]
  • The number of scientists who think the government should promote happiness is still 'growing.' Academics have been batting around the idea of government actively going into the "making people happy" business for some time (good primer here). That idea is still alive and well today, as The Los Angeles Times finds in an overview article on the topic. Here's this vein of research's pipe dream: "If policymakers were to prioritize happiness over economic growth, they might favor policies aimed at keeping employment stable and unemployment low instead of policies that helped companies maximize their profits." Yup, not likely. [The Los Angeles Times]

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