The Real Jurassic Park – Mutant Mosquitoes Gone Wild

In a “life imitates art” scenario, a biotechnology firm is working with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to introduce genetically engineered mosquitoes into Key West to reduce the spread of dengue fever.

Turns out a specific breed of mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is the culprit for spreading dengue fever, and the plan is for genetically engineered sterile male mosquitoes to fly in, outnumber the virile males, and mate with the females.

Interesting idea. The proposal involves releasing 5,000-10,000 of these babies as an initial test, followed by a larger test of , oh let’s say… one million of them in Key West. What could go wrong?

Ian Malcolm of Jurassic Park fame would have a field day with this one. I can just hear him now:

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”

At the very least, I could see some interesting sci-fi twists on this. For the full article, click here. Oh, and in honor of this news, here’s a list of Ian Malcolm quotes.

The Kronos Interference is Now on Kindle!

Just letting everyone know that The Kronos Interference is now on Amazon Kindle (as well as Nook, Sony Reader, iBookstore, etc.).

During our extended launch period, the ebook is only $2.99!  (the trade paperback is $12.99)

Some readers have asked how they can help us spread the word. One way is to leave a positive review on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you’re so compelled (assuming you like the book). But do keep it honest and objective.

Meanwhile, we’re busy at work on the sequel, so as not to keep everyone waiting too long! We may even share little tidbits as we progress.

Our sincere thanks to those who have bought the book.

Human Origins Tied to Sharks – Something’s Fishy

According to researchers, a now extinct bony fish species that evolved from sharks some 460 million years ago is the common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates, including humans. Check out the latest research on human-shark ancestry here.

This is especially interesting when you look at it from the context of ancient Sumerian myths, which talk of amphibious demi-gods called Apkallu that emerged from the sea to teach humans about civilization, the solar systems, gardening, and other bits of wisdom.

With all the space research under way, are we looking in the right place? As Chief Brody said, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

In other water-related news, NASA has reported a giant tropical salt lake on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.  The only catch is, the lake is filled with liquid hydrocarbons, as the surface temperature is -297 degrees Fahrenheit (-183 degrees Celsius).  So you’ll need a sweater.