Mosquitoes willing to die while spreading malaria
by Mullet Over by Dr. James White
Aug 13, 2013 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teams of parasitologists and entomologists have reached a fascinating conclusion: Mosquitoes infected with the parasites that cause malaria will feed on animals for significantly longer periods of time than those not so infected. One effect of this habit is to better insure the spread of the malaria parasites to their new hosts. The parasites almost seem to exert mind control over a host mosquito. The blood-sucking insect will often get swatted (or eaten) as she ignores danger and continues to feed instead of fleeing, sacrificing her insect life in order to better distribute the Apicomplexan (Plasmodium falciparum).

Speaking of mosquitoes, there are more than 3,500 distinct species and tons of the airborne vampires are consumed for daily sustenance by dragonflies, spiders, bats, fish, birds and motorcyclists.

Zoologists estimated in 2012 that approximately 91 percent of all existing marine species have not been scientifically identified and listed.

Well, hang ten (surfer’s lingo) - A sports equipment engineer named Cechetti observed natives in Thailand weaving coconut husks into strong durable bags. Cechetti decided to try the same fibers, combined with fiberglass, polystyrene and epoxies to construct surfboards. The new boards are stronger and lighter than those similarly constructed using carbon-base fibers. Now marketed, the 10 foot 2 inch surfboards weigh less than 26 pounds, some 30-40 percent lighter than most previous boards.

Caution for you Northern travelers: In Canada, it is illegal to board any plane while that plane is in flight. I thought that you should be aware.

Super Glue marketing has been a model of success for business people. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of American homes have at least one tube of some cyanoacrylate. I have four tubes. All four have dried out.

Upon occasion, one still hears a reference to Nosy Parker. Matthew Parker (1504-1575) was born in England. Even as a lad, Matt had an exceptionally noticeable proboscis and was soon dubbed “Nosy” Parker. Nosy became locally famous and rose to be Archbishop of Canterbury. He lived under the reigns of six British Monarchs (some Catholic and some Protestant) – from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. He was appointed to be the personal chaplain of Anne Boleyn and later the Headmaster of a college at the University of Cambridge. Today, there exists a small grassy park near the center of Cambridge named (Nosy) Parker’s Place. Well, try to avoid any Plasmodium falciparum and have a great week.

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