6:15 Yesterday, I went to water my plants in the backyard and you know what? I got 6 mosquito bites. What the? This is what I need...
Want to repel mosquitoes? Several new phone apps emit ultrasonic frequencies designed to mimic the sound of predators, such as dragonflies, to frighten biting females. The software can also produce the sound made by the wings of male mosquitoes, which females are thought to avoid once they’ve mated. The official name for such apps is electronic mosquito repellents, or EMRs. The most popular is the ‘Anti Mosquito Sonic Repeller’. Its developers claim that the pitch of the sound it produces is so high, most humans don’t notice it. Experts have concerns about using EMRs as a standalone repellent, however, as none of them are 100% effective. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2705412/Want-repel-mosquitoes-Theres-APP-Phone-software-mimics-sounds-predators-repel-biting-females.html
Related: Funny, I came across this story from 2003. (whats old is new again huh?)
With mosquito-borne West Nile Virus expected to be a worry again THIS SUMMER, it may be a good time to pick up on a promotional gimmick we first heard in 1997. Both USP-FM in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Compiège FM in northern France experimented with transmitting a high-pitched ‘anti-mosquito frequency’ simultaneously with their normal on-air fare. The ultra-sonic signal is unheard by the human ear but reputedly intolerable to blood-sucking female skitters, repelling any within 10 meters of a radio speaker. Does it work? Listeners interviewed during the broadcasts had split opinions, but one thing was for certain – it sure got people talking about the radio station!
6:45 Having a hard time sleeping?
Insomniacs Get a New Sleep Aid Move over Ambien, Lunesta and other sleep aids. There’s a new kid in town.
The FDA has given its approval to a drug called Belsomra, which helps insomniacs get to sleep and stay asleep.
Belsomra, which should hit the market later this year or in early 2015, will be available in dosages of five, ten, 15 and 20 milligrams with doctors expected to prescribed the lower strengths to help patients avoid drowsiness the next morning.
Those taking Belsomra should do so within 30 minutes of going to bed with the expectation of sleeping seven hours.
Although the drug proved far more effective than a placebo in clinical trials, it wasn’t tested against the sleep aids already on the market.
It’s estimated that at least 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia.
7:15 I'm a cat lover! I had a cat for 17 years. When she died I just couldn't bring myself to get another one. Well, if you are a cat lover, this may upset you. If you are NOT a cat lover, this will come as no surprise to you and probably validate your dislike for the little furry jerks. http://elitedaily.com/women/cats-literally-suck/709388/
8:15 So are you trying to lose weight but just NOT seeing the scale move? Here are 7 things you're doing at dinnertime that is probably making your weight loss efforts fail. (<====BTW, I'm guilty of the wine and the carb loading...not to mention the TV watching business). See the whole list here: https://www.yahoo.com/health/7-dinner-habits-that-are-making-you-gain-weight-94451623648.html