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Star Wars Meets Mosquito Control

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JAMES SCHLETT, EDITOR, [email protected]

What does it take to kill a mosquito? How about thousands of them? Unfortunately, fly swatters do too little harm and chemical sprays do too much. So since 2010, Bellevue, Wash.-based Intellectual Ventures Management LLC has been working on answers to these questions. Their solution: the Photonic Fence, a laser system that optically tracks all flying insects that enter a coverage area and zaps only those identified as threats, namely mosquitoes. However, it was only recently that researchers identified the best combination of wavelength, power, pulse duration, pulse energy and beam...Read full article

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