GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes have been released for the first time ever in the US. Biotech firm Oxitec released the insects in Florida with the aim of tackling disease-carrying mosquitoes in the region. According to Nature , genetically modified mosquito eggs were placed at six locations in Florida in April and 12,000 newly hatched male mosquitoes should emerge over the next 12 weeks. The exact locations of the eggs have not been revealed. If all goes well, 20 million more mosquitoes will be released later this year. The idea is that the genetically modified mosquitoes will act like 'sex assassins' by passing on a lethal gene when they mate with normal mosquitoes in the wild. All of the Oxitec mosquitoes are male and male mosquitoes do not suck blood. The males feed on plant juices whereas the females need protein from blood to help develop their eggs. This means female mosquitoes are the disease spreaders we need to tackle. It is hoped that the Oxitec … [Read more...] about Mega-swarm of gene-hacked killer ‘sex assassin’ mosquitoes released in Florida
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KIERAN GIBBS has signed a pre-contract agreement with David Beckham's Inter Miami and will join up with new boss Phil Neville at the end of this season. The 31-year-old former Arsenal left-back has made more than a century of appearances for Albion . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kieran Gibbs (@kierangibbs) But the England international has played second fiddle to Conor Townsend this season and is ready for a fresh challenge in the MLS under boss Phil Neville. Gibbs , who was signed by Tony Pulis in 2017, made it clear to Sam Allardyce he had no intention of remaining at The Hawthorns beyond his current deal, which expires this summer. And he confirmed the news on Instagram, writing: “Extremely excited to be starting the next chapter of my career with @InterMiamiCF this Summer! “I look forward to embracing a new culture and a new challenge in South Florida. I’m really impressed … [Read more...] about Kieran Gibbs confirms move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami as ex-Arsenal ace seals free transfer from West Brom
PHIL NEVILLE has signed another English player for Inter Miami - his son. Harvey Neville, 18, has been in the Manchester United youth system since turning 16 in 2018. Previously on the books at Manchester City and then Valencia before heading to United, he signed his first professional contract last summer. But he wants some guaranteed first-team football and is swapping Old Trafford for South Florida. Full-back Harvey has been training with his dad's new team recently after getting some time off and has decided to make the switch permanently. He will initially join Inter Miami's sister team Fort Lauderdale CF once he sorts his visa. Fort Lauderdale play in the USL - effectively the second tier in the United States. But proud-as-punch Neville has been pleased with his progress and won't rule out the chances of his lad making the step up to MLS and helping Miami owner David Beckham make waves Stateside sooner rather than later. The youngster took to … [Read more...] about Phil Neville snaps up 18-year-old Man Utd academy star son Harvey at Inter Miami on permanent transfer but needs visa
ELON Musk has tempted more than 500,000 customers into paying for his space-age Starlink internet service. The SpaceX venture beams internet down to Earth from space using an ever-growing constellation of satellites. Get all the latest Science news Keep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy stories All the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts There are hundreds of Starlink units circling above Earth, and thousands more planned. Musk's SpaceX began offering Starlink to customers in select countries earlier this year. And now SpaceX says it's received more than 500,000 orders for Starlink, according to CNBC's Michael Sheetz . A single deposit costs $99/£89. Sadly, the pre-order doesn't guarantee service – which means the deposits are totally refundable. But Musk reckons almost all of the pre-order customers will ultimately get service, despite the caveat. "Only limitation is high density of users in urban areas," … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s superfast SpaceX Starlink space internet hits 500,000 customers across UK and US
IT has a surface temperature of minus 225 degrees Celsius and was once the ninth and most distant planet from the Sun. But Pluto's status as a planet is one of the most controversial issues in the world of astronomy. Is Pluto a planet? No, Pluto is not currently classed as a planet . It is a minor, or dwarf, planet. Pluto used to be the ninth planet in our solar system until the International Astronomical Union created a new system for classifying space objects in 2006. It set out three characteristics that define a planet: The object must have an established orbit around the sun The object must have a strong enough field of gravity to make it "round-ish" The object must have a gravitational pull strong enough to "clear the neighbourhood" around its orbit. Pluto failed on the third point. Unlike Earth and the other eight large planets, Pluto has not cleared its surrounding wider area of any other large objects. However, many astronomers were not … [Read more...] about Is Pluto a planet?