For those of you following this blog, you may know that among my interests is Astrophysics, with a focus on the String Theory, smoothly vulgarized in Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe.” (Here is Greene’s Faculty page at Columbia; and PBS NOVA provides excerpts of the eponymous documentary). On an ongoing basis, my interest in astrophysics does not play a large part in my daily life. Other than in lively dinner conversations, as an explanation for the random things that happen in life or as the founding principle for creating a whole new philosophy of life (based on the unifying String Theory), astrophysics has been, at best, an elegant support system in my life.
Not until recently, however, have I heard of a truly useful and practical application for astrophysics. And, in a two-for-the-price-of-one mentality, so in vogue in today’s economic climate, astrophysics and star wars technology bring a truly unique (if not unifying) value with a singular objective: the demise the mosquito. You can read here about this extraordinary invention in this CNN Report.
My exceptional and visionary wife, founder of the ERACE ‘EM Campaign, the Eternal Radical and Complete Extermination of Every Mosquito, is in full support, “this [potential eradication] would truly be a stellar reward after years of struggle against the mighty mosquito.” Mosquitoes serve no grand purpose in the eco-system. As Dr Jordin Kare indicates, no animal feeds exclusively on the mosquito and no one would miss them if they disappeared. They are responsible for having killed many millions of people over the years and I would hate to think about the aggregate lost sleep caused by that very dear little shrill buzzzzzzzzzzzzz sound they make. In place of donations to the ERACE ‘EM campaign, we are gladly accepting comments on this blog.
Yes! And our mosquito magnet does not work as well as it should! We even have four bullfrogs in our little Japanese pond and bats in the garage cupola. Still too many mosquitos. Arghhh!
That would be brilliant if it eradicated the little beasties. Read an article in the Nat Geog about how horrible malaria is.