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Charles Hidalgo Jr
I do things with stuff! . . Published since 2003
I do things with stuff! . . Published since 2003
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Strictly busniedss this weekend.
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The Plan to Drop Thousands of Flies From a Drone to Tackle Disease | Motherboard

'A drone about to drop something is typically a cue for widespread destruction. But that’s not the case with this F300 fixed-wing and its unusual cargo: Instead of unleashing catastrophe, the automated machine is designed to do good—by releasing a swarm of tsetse flies.

This may seem peculiar at first, especially given the tsetse fly’s reputation. This African insect harbours harmful parasites called trypanosomes, spreading them to humans and animals through its bite. In humans, the resulting disease, trypanosomiasis, causes “sleeping sickness,” a potentially fatal condition that attacks the central nervous system and, as the name suggests, afflicts people with an uncontrollable urge to sleep. In livestock, it brings on “nagana,” which causes muscle wasting, paralysis, and eventual death. Losing cattle, particularly, has knock-on effects for agriculture and food security.'

http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-plan-to-drop-thousands-of-flies-from-a-drone-to-tackle-disease
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