PULLING OUR LEGS Great news for fans of slightly twisted, gleefully brutal cringe-comedy: seven years after the end of Pulling, Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly are making a new sitcom. Their pilot, The Circuit, deals with a dinner party gone hideously wrong. … [Read more...] about The populist: items of interest this week
Netflix series Stranger Things season 3 sees the Hawkins crew enjoying the more normal aspects of growing up - romance, friendship, the sunshine - but threats lurk behind every corner as a result of the evils in the Upside Down. … [Read more...] about Stranger Things 3 end credits scene explained: What just happened?
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons The perfect 10th birthday present In naming ICAN as the Nobel Prize recipient (above), the Norwegian Nobel Committee highlighted the Geneva-based organization's "work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." An ICAN spokesperson said it was "elated" to have won the prestigious award. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump confirms US will pull out of nuclear arms pact with Russia
Scientists always thought it ought to be possible to find a gene therapy for haemophilia, but it has taken many years of unsuccessful attempts. One of the chief problems was finding a suitable virus to act as a delivery agent, or vector. The researchers have used an adeno-associated virus, which does not cause disease but could rule out the therapy for people whose immune system has encountered it in the past. … [Read more...] about Leap forward towards gene therapy cure for haemophilia A
Gradually, under his guiding hand, our tiny house began to take shape. In his soft mid-Wales accent, Carwyn taught us how to build walls and insulate them; make our corners square using a handy bit of Pythagoras; put in window and door frames; get our load-bearing beams to load-bear; keep rain out without keeping condensation in; install our own plumbing; and carry out a welter of other eco-friendly building tasks besides. I also learned a new vocabulary: noggins (bracing timbers), mono-pitched roof, vapour barrier, stud wall, dew point – none of these hold any terrors for me now. … [Read more...] about Build your own tiny house on a short break in Wales