Travel - Trang: the Thai city obsessed with breakfast. It was almost midnight in the southern Thai city of Trang, and I was staring into an oven the size of a tuk-tuk.
Flames and smoke were shooting out of the top, and men were carefully lowering two full-grown, slaughtered pigs into the fiery abyss. An hour later, they would be pulled out, smoking, crimson, crispy and fragrant. When cool enough to handle, the pigs would be portioned, chopped up and displayed for sale at Trang’s central morning market by about by 04:00.
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Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. April 10, 2019, 3:56 PM GMT By Elisha Fieldstadt. Why the Moon makes us all romantics. Dubstep artist Skrillex could protect against mosquito bites. Image copyright Getty Images The sun is shining on your skin, there's a breeze in your hair and someone has just handed you a coconut with a straw sticking out of it.
This is living. But just as you start to relax you find yourself clawing at your own skin, scratching at the mosquito bites that have developed on your body over the past few days. But it doesn't have to be this way. According to a recent scientific study, the way to avoid mosquito bites is to listen to electronic music - specifically dubstep, specifically by US artist Skrillex. Sound is "crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals," says a team of international scientists specialising in mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. They subjected adults of the species Aedes aegypti, known as the yellow fever mosquito, to electronic music to see whether it could work as a repellent.
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