Mmmm, tasty bug poison

May 22, 2015

 

Separated saffron stigmas are kept in a plate beside the flowers during a drying process in Pampore, 9 miles south of Srinagar November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Separated saffron stigmas are kept in a plate beside the flowers during a drying process in Pampore, 9 miles south of Srinagar November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Saffron: Delicious for humans, not so great for mosquitoes.

New research shows that the (expensive!) spice has properties that erode the digestive system of a dengue-spreading mosquito. Brazilian scientists say by mixing saffron with sugar water they can effectively poison mosquitoes, potentially limiting the reproduction of the illness-carrying pests.

No mosquitoes this way – just more news you may have missed:

 

Semi-sweet home, Alabama

A federal judge reaffirms her ruling in favor of same-sex marriage rights, but puts the decision on hold until the Supreme Court weighs in this summer.

 

Man’s best friend goes way back

New research shows man may have domesticated dogs earlier than most thought.

 

A political fracas

An Arizona woman is sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after she ran over her husband with her Jeep (he lived). The woman said the incident was an accident — but that she had been chasing him in her car because he failed to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Click through to find out which candidate she liked best!

 

Make up your mind

An elderly woman reports a medical emergency – and then pulls a gun on emergency workers when they arrive to help.

 

They don’t call it ‘Fury Road’ for nothing

Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is the real star of the new “Mad Max” movie, a Reuters Opinion piece argues.

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