Mosquitoes are perhaps the most dangerous animals in the world. ... They are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever, which together infect hundreds of millions of humans worldwide and kill millions each year.

Omar S. Akbari, assistant professor of entomology, on why mosquitoes are so dangerous


Every culture shares common images and themes that make up the raw material of your imagination.

Sara Mednick, assistant professor of psychology, on why, when asked to think of a 'hero,' all cultures think of one that looks like Superman


Environmental conditions are creating larger populations of smaller fleas and ticks that will eat more frequently, develop more rapidly and spread more pathogens.

John Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology, on how the increasingly high temperatures are causing flea and tick populations to grow


Apple has to emphasize this is not an Apple fight but a precedent for entire tech industry on privacy.

Rami Zwick, professor of marketing and associate dean in the School of Business Administration, on the FBI-Apple feud over whether or not Apple should unlock the iPhone used by the terrorist in the San Bernardino massacre


Well, (Aedes aegypti mosquitoes) got hundreds of different types of receptors in their antennae and these receptors can detect all sorts of different chemicals that our bodies emit.

Anandasankar Ray, associate professor of entomology, on how mosquitoes sense body odors in order to figure out where they should bite


If we can see an impact on HPV prevalence just with this low vaccine uptake, then hopefully we can see an even bigger impact with cancer later on, if we get more people vaccinated.

Brandon Brown, assistant professor at the School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Communities, on how the HPV shot has cut the rate of human papilloma virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection, by about two-thirds among young women ages 14 to 19


I feel like as a Muslim and as a Middle Easterner, we will never be part of American culture until people start making fun of us on television. So I am desperate for the day when we will have a Muslim 'All in the Family,' in which we have Middle Eastern characters who are on TV who are being poked fun at because of their culture, because of their identity, and who are poking fun at America because of the way America treats them.

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, on how television can transform how people see Muslims and Middle Easterners


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