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The Kite Patch aims to replace today's bugsprays and lotions. A sticker you attach to your shirt, it contains chemicals that stop mosquitos from sensing CO2, and therefore knowing you are close. It effectively makes wearers "invisible," according to its developers, and lasts for up to 48 hours.

The first half of the year saw 18 states in America adopt 43 provisions restricting abortion in some form, with largely Republican support. Democrats like to describe these measures as part of a Republican "war on women". Democratic charges of sexism seem to have boosted voter turnout among young, single women (a strongly left-leaning group)

The pornification of Britain's high streets: why enough is enough Magazines with naked women on the cover sit next to kids' comics in newsagents. Scantily clad models are draped across the nation's billboards. Zoe Williams works with readers via GuardianWitness to see how sexual images have invaded the high street – and here is a selection. Is it the world we really want for our kids?

Cuba has admitted being behind a stash of weapons found hidden in sugar on a cargo ship. The Cuban government said the ship - seized by Panama - was carrying "obsolete" arms to North Korea for repair: How will the international community react?

Thailand's largest construction company, Italian-Thai (Italthai), has just finished cutting a road through the jungle. It took five years; once it's paved with asphalt, the road will have cost them $1m per kilometre. Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister of Thailand and sister to Thaksin, a former prime minister, is scheduled to inaugurate the road this month