No disease in history has killed more humans than malaria. Now, genetic scientists say they are close to defeating its carrier, the mosquito. Is this a life-saving breakthrough? Or arrogant meddling with nature? Martin Fletcher reports Deep in the basement of a bland-looking building on Imperial College’s South Kensington campus is a humid, windowless suite protected by two steel doors and an electronic security system. It is called the ‘Insectary’. Inside, thousands of mosquitoes are kept in small cubes of white netting, which are themselves stored in eight large stainless-steel cubicles whose temperature, humidity and light are carefully controlled. Scientists study wriggling mosquito larvae beneath microscopes. Students pore over trays of pupae. Lab assistants make up the vials of sugar water on which the male mosquitoes feed. The female mosquitoes suck from tiny drums of heated human blood obtained from nearby hospitals. This … [Read more...] about Mutant mosquitoes: Can gene editing kill off malaria?
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Rock City's little brother, the Rescue Rooms, turns 15 this month and so to celebrate we thought we'd take a wander down memory lane and look back at the hundreds of gigs to have taken place there over the past decade and a half. From The Killers to The Libertines, the venue has hosted some seriously big bands on their journey to fame and fortune. How many of the below have you been to? If you are on a desktop computer press ctrl+f to search for your favourite act. February 2003 Sat 22 – Echoboy Sun 23 – Longwave Mon 24 – The Immortal Lee County Killers Tues 25 – The Libertines Wed 26 – Ex-models Thurs 27 – The Majesticons 15 years of the Rescue Rooms - in pictures View gallery March 2003 Sat 1 – Part Chimp Tues 4 – Hrvatski Sat 8 – Boom bip, doseone Sun 9 – The black madonnas Tues 11 – Numbers Wed 12 – Athlete Sat 15 – The Thrills Tues 18 – Tybalt Wed 19 – Antihero Wed 26 – Foreign … [Read more...] about The definitive list of every act to headline the Rescue Rooms
WASHINGTON - Federal agencies on Monday begin implementing executive orders from President Donald Trump on how to confront employee unions, following strict guidelines likely to escalate tensions that have been building since the president took office. The administration describes Trump's new rules, issued in May, as an effort to streamline a bloated bureaucracy and improve accountability within the federal workforce of 2.1 million. The unions counter that the orders are only the latest in Trump's aggressive actions intended to weaken their bargaining power and make it easier to fire government workers. Jeff Pon, chief of the Office of Personnel Management, gave agencies details late last week for implementing the presidential orders. The administration wants agencies to reopen collective bargaining agreements to reduce the on-duty time union representatives spend representing employees. Managers are directed to "monitor and carefully report" on the time and make the information … [Read more...] about New curbs on federal unions start to kick in
Results and pictures from Queen's University summer graduation ceremony. Doctor of Philosophy Lydia Luise BACH Katie BARBOUR Tara Elizabeth BARBOUR Mary Sheila Stella BAXTER Camilla BERTOLINI Muhammad Luqman BIN NASARUDDIN Abdullah Mohammed BIN SALOM James Alexander BROWN Mairead Cecilia CONNOR Caroline Marie FINLAY Konstantia GEORGOULI Kieran HIGGINS Wasim HUSSAIN Margaret Anne KERR Paola LABARBUTA Rory James LUNNY Christopher Steven McFARLAND Claire McVEY Charlotte Victoria Louise MILLER Jenna Caroline SHIELS Florentine Maxine Cornélie SPAANS Charlotte THOMAS Erin Patricia WALSH Leonie WILSON Naomi WILSON Jonathan Mark YOUNG Master of Science Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise Business Communication … [Read more...] about Queen’s University Graduations June 29 2018
0 Have your say Passengers on the open top deck of these trams would have enjoyed one of the best views in the UK as they crossed the summit of Portsdown Hill. It stretched over Portsea Island and across the Solent to Ryde. To the west they would have seen Southampton Water and on a good day The Needles lighthouse at the far west of the Isle of Wight. To the east was Chichester Cathedral’s spire more than 10 miles away.As I’ve mentioned before, the summit of Portsdown Hill was once as high as the rooftop of the house on the far right. No doubt the Belle-Vue tearooms did a good summer trade and I wonder who Ken the bootmaker was?Everything changed in 1968 when the new road was built to the east of The Georgepub in a cutting which wrecked that view across the Solent in an instant.The old road has been made into slip roads on and off Portsdown Hill Road. The tops of the trees on the left mark the height of … [Read more...] about NOSTALGIA: One of the best views in the UK – and it was in Portsmouth