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Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs

Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs

Health
Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs.This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US researchers said.They said the technique could be used to prevent illnesses such as Zika, yellow fever and malaria.But their research is still in its early stages, the study in the journal Cell reports.The researchers, from Rockefeller University in New York City, conducted their experiments on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes of this species - who are the only ones who bite - are fiercely attracted to human beings, because their blood contains the protein they need to produce their eggs.Once fed, that attraction to humans goes aw...
China 'put tiny chips in US PCs to steal tech secrets'

China 'put tiny chips in US PCs to steal tech secrets'

Business
Tiny chips inserted in US computer equipment manufactured in China were used as part of a vast effort by Beijing to steal US technology secrets, according to Bloomberg. Apple and Amazon have distanced themselves from claims that they were among US companies targeted by the Chinese hackers.Bloomberg reported that the chips were inserted in computer motherboards manufactured in China for US-based supplier Super Micro Computer.It said dozens of large US firms and agencies were using the hardware - but Amazon first discovered the chips, the size of a grain of rice, during a security review it ordered after buying a software firm called Elemental three years ago.Bloomberg said the retail-to-cloud computing company alerted US authorities at the time, resulting in an inquiry and a...