Astrophysicist Szabi Marka Takes on World’s Mosquitoes with Infrared Wall


Hungarian Astrophysicist Szabi Marka of Columbia takes on world’s deadliest bug — the mosquito and carrier of the parasitic protozoan that causes Malaria. Bloomberg’s Willem Marx explains.

April 11 (Bloomberg) — Szabolcs Marka is an astrophysicist at Columbia University. But he no longer studies black holes and dark matter — these days he runs a mosquito farm. With a million dollars in funding from the Gates Foundation, he is developing a new kind of mosquito net using solar energy and infrared light. He hopes that one day this “space age” technology could help eradicate malaria altogether.

Several different species of mosquito also carry …

the filariasis worm that causes elephantiasis

the virus that causes yellow fever,
the virus that causes dengue fever,
the virus that causes chikungunya,
the virus that causes epidemic polyarthritis,
the virus that causes Rift Valley fever,
the virus that causes Ross River Fever,
the virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis,
the virus that causes Japanese encephalitis,
the virus that causes La Crosse encephalitis,
the virus that causes Eastern eqjuine encephalitis (EEE),
the virus that causes Western equine encephalitis (WEE), and
the virus that cause West Nile Virus (WNV).

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