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Video: Mosquitoes are little bastards that do more killing, spread more disease and cause more annoyance than any other creature on Earth. That's because they have a really sophisticated needle-like system for biting us to suck our blood. But exactly how they bite might surprise you.

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If you ever wondered what getting a tattoo feels like, just watch this super slow motion video showing up close shots of the tattoo needle relentlessly stabbing people's skin over and over again so that the ink sets underneath. It's hypnotic and rhythmic actually, if you're the type to enjoy seeing skin bounce up and down like jello and like to think about pain and your own mortality every now and again.

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Inserting an IV is as common a medical procedure as stitching up a wound, but finding a vein through trial and error means it can still be painful for a patient. And researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem want to change that with a handheld robotic device that uses infrared and electrical sensors to precisely pinpoint a vein and painlessly insert an IV.

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Whether you don't like needles, or whether you really don't like needles, there's some good news on the horizon: a special "bioadhesive" coating that was just developed at Brown University is bringing us one step closer to saying goodbye to injections and hello to things like insulin pills.

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If you're one of the hardcore of hospital-goers who chooses to watch while hypodermics are shoved into your arm, here's some news that might make you reconsider: the act of watching an injection actually makes it more painful.

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