science

Malaria mosquitoes use leg push‐off forces to control body pitch during take‐off

Escaping from a blood host with freshly acquired nutrition for her eggs is one of the most critical actions in the life of a female malaria mosquito. During this take‐off, she has to carry a large payload, up to three times her body weight, while …

Emacs an editor of a lifetime

Emacs is one of the oldest and weirdest programs I use, but I just recently started to appricate it more and more. I gave it a try when I was writing my master thesis, but I had no idea what I was doing.

Escaping blood-fed malaria mosquitoes minimize tactile detection without compromising on take-off speed

To escape after taking a blood meal, a mosquito must exert forces sufficiently high to take off when carrying a load roughly equal to its body weight, while simultaneously avoiding detection by minimizing tactile signals exerted on the host's skin. …