2020 Boasts Flying Snakes and Genetically Modified Mosquitos
Bats, murder hornets, flying snakes and genetically modified mosquitoes - this year is one for the books!
According to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a company called Oxitec was approved for a permit that would allow the company to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Texas and Florida.
Obviously mosquitoes love it here in Texas with the humidity, and the announcement of more mosquitoes is not something we would usually celebrate. However, there is a valid reason behind this madness. The genetically mutated mosquitoes have been engineered to reduce the population of mosquitoes, as well as lower mosquito related illnesses.
Personally, I'm still a bit weary of the idea of more mosquitoes floating around, but I'm hoping the end will justify the means. Now we move on to flying snakes. Yeah! Apparently flying cockroaches weren't enough for this world.
So I've heard of snakes climbing and reaching some unusual places, but scientists have now uncovered just how they do it. Okay, so we're aware that snakes move in a particular pattern, slithering around like they do, and the real term for that is undulation.
Scientists wanted to know if snakes used that same motion while in the air to help them travel longer distances, and discovered that their hypothesis is true. With the help of aerial undulation, snakes are able to actually glide in the air. Those crazy creatures even spread their ribs to help with wind resistance.
In conclusion, be safe out there. Wear a mask, watch out for flying snakes, and avoid getting eaten by the mass amount of mosquitoes that are coming.
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