Malaria kills almost a million people every year and makes another 250 million people very, very sick. Soon we may be able to instantly cure the scourge the same way you heat up your sad, frozen dinner-for-one.
Today, Fast Company is reporting that researchers have found that they may be able to cure malaria by sticking human beings in a human being-sized microwave. Why didn't I think of that? The timing couldn't be better for some out-of-the-box thinking because multi-drug resistant malaria has been popping up all over Africa, Asia, and South America.
In theory, it works like this: malaria parasites have some extra iron in them (due to digesting your precious blood), so by shooting low-level microwaves at you, it heats up the iron in the parasites, making them explode (awesome), but leaving the rest of your tissues intact. If it works, then these walk in microwaves may provide an "instant" cure. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (who has an extra large middle finger for malaria) is sponsoring a second round of research.