The phenomenon appears to have reached its zenith this week following reports that Sony is planning a cinematic universe based on Ghostbusters. So we won’t just be getting the recently announced reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, et al, but also a “male” Ghostbusters movie featuring Channing Tatum, as well as various nebulous future outings set in the same world. Hold tight for a Slimer origins movie, perhaps charting the chubby green spirit’s descent into incorporeal corpulence, or a big-screen prequel about the early years of Gozer and Zuul. I’d pay money to see a film about the continuing adventures in high-end accountancy of Louis Tully, but only because it’s been such a long time since we saw Rick Moranis in the multiplexes. … [Read more...] about Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?
Led by a team at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, the scientists tested the effects of 82,000 lab-made molecules on roundworms infected with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. From the 185 compounds that showed some effect, they selected two of the most promising for further attention. Both belonged to a family of molecules known as retinoids, which were originally developed in the 1960s to treat acne and cancer. They are chemically similar to vitamin A. … [Read more...] about Discovery of MRSA-busting antibiotic gives hope against resistant superbugs
While the debate continues over the use of advanced genetic and chemical crop-enhancers, technology is opening a whole new direction for food production, which will take farming away from the farm. Robotics and drones are reducing the need for humans to be on the land, while vertical farming, in which vegetables can be grown in sunless warehouses using LED lighting, gene editing and metagenics – the engineering of specific enzymes or proteins – are coming up with new definitions of food. According to a recent report by the thinktank RethinkX, within 15 years the rise of cell-based meat, which is made of animal cells grown in a bioreactor, will bankrupt the US’s huge beef industry, at the same time removing the need to grow soya and maize for feed. By 2035, the report predicts, an area a quarter of the size of the continental US “will be freed for other uses”. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
5 October 2017 The New York Times reports that Weinstein has settled with eight women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades. Weinstein in a statement apologised for causing pain to colleagues and said he was taking a leave of absence and entering therapy. … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein trial: how events unfolded
Accusations against him began to emerge in October 2017 and were at the centre of the #MeToo movement that prompted women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men. In all, at least 80 women had accused him, including actress Rose McGowan, who told the BBC it was "a great day". Others said the ruling brought hope to victims that their voices would be heard. … [Read more...] about News Daily: Life expectancy, Weinstein convicted and floods warning