TWiV 390: Building a better mosquito trap

May 22, 2016

Project Premonition trapsHosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Ethan Jackson and Jonathan Carlson

Project Premonition, a Microsoft Research project that uses drones to capture mosquitoes and analyze them for pathogens, preprint servers, and three mouse models for Zika virus induced birth defects are the topics of this episode hosted by the TWiumvirate and theirs guests Ethan and Jonathan.

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Image: An early prototype of the mosquito trap (image credit).

Timestamps by Jennifer. Thanks!

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2 comments on “TWiV 390: Building a better mosquito trap

  1. Diane May 26, 2016

    Great episode, as always. I loved hearing about all the practicalities and challenges of making the ideal mozzie trap. Also always appreciate the sci-fi recs, Rich’s and all the listeners’. Any chance that could be a sidebar on the website? I like the title “Rich’s Picks” but of course listeners have made great suggestions, too. I just started Ancillary Justice and am enjoying it (though am still trying to figure out its wacky universe).