Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: Fighting A Mosquito-Borne Epidemic From Within

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Aedes

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Itchy bites and a whiny buzz aren’t the only annoying problems caused by mosquitoes. The possibility of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks has some researchers fighting back with an unusual weapon: mosquitoes themselves.

Researchers at UK-based company Oxitec Ltd. are testing a new method that uses genetically modified mosquitoes to control outbreaks of dengue fever. Although many cases are asymptomatic, dengue often causes symptoms similar to the flu: fever, rashes, and the agonizing joint pain that gives it the colloquial name of “breakbone fever.”

According to the World Health Organization, the estimated number of dengue infections worldwide has risen dramatically over the past several decades and is now at about 390 million per year (almost all in tropical regions). Untreated, the worst cases of dengue progress to hemorrhagic fever and sometimes death.

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Andy Warhol Goes Grocery Shopping

Andy Warhol Grocery Shopping

Andy Warhol is best remembered–and most reviled, pending your taste–for his screen prints, specifically those of Campbell’s soup cans.

We have all seen the ways that Warhol has souped up the soup cans–the next time you’re at the Museum of Modern Art, check out his 1962 piece, aptly titled “Campbell’s Soup Cans”–but we haven’t all seen Warhol in the grocery store, coveting the cans for himself before reproducing them on canvas.

But why soup? Why Campbell’s? Says art site Phaidon, it all happened after Warhol set his eyes on some Roy Lichtenstein paintings.

Andy Warhol Campbells

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The Philosophies Behind The World’s Biggest Alternative Preschools

Alternative Preschool Class

A Montessori model classrom. Source: Hub Ho Design

When you hear Waldorf, you probably think of the salad or Blair Waldorf from the Gossip Girl series — not education. That is, of course, unless you were a Waldorf preschooler yourself.

While alternative preschools are all the rage in the U.S., all three of the major philosophies originated in Europe: Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and Montessori. These heterodox approaches to early education share some similarities, such as their endeavor to cultivate children who will become creative, compassionate and highly-functioning members of society. But they also differ in key ways, which adds a further stressor to parents tasked with enrolling their kids in school.

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Three Unbelievably Surreal TV Moments From Overseas

Surreal TV Boy Gun

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Americans were at the forefront of inventing and making widespread use of television. We were also at the forefront of using it as a teaching tool for uplifting people all over the world. Unfortunately, we were also the first to toss that noble vision right out the window and run cigarette ads thinly disguised as news programs and hundreds of episodes of The Gong Show.

But, despite our own imbecility, Americans are consistently amazed at the surreal TV sometimes produced overseas. Every culture that has adopted TV has approached the medium in its own unique way, from North Korea’s all-propaganda, all the time format, to Japanese game shows that cross the conceptual boundary between lowbrow entertainment and actionable war crimes. It’s as if TV was our kid, who we sent to college overseas, only to have her come back as a Mao-quoting anarchist who runs a scat play blog on Tumblr.

Sometimes, mass media, ratings desperation, and striking cultural differences collide—and the results are then broadcast for the world (and a few aliens, probably) to see. Fortunately, some thoughtful people have done the public service of uploading the weirdest moments of surreal TV from overseas to the Internet for posterity.

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