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Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
Crazy Rich Asians Is More Than Glitz and Glamour. It’s Groundbreaking for People Like Me
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The movie is a love letter to southeast Asia—and a major step forward for Asian representation
'She's Clearly Reacting to a Loss': Experts Say Killer Whale Carrying Her Dead Calf for 17 Days May Actually Be Grieving
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"This is unusual behavior. It's not normal. We haven't seen it before"
Here’s how Stanford scientists measured the speed of death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For the first time, scientists at Stanford University have been able to observe the speed at which death spreads across a cell once the self-destruct "trigger wave" has been initiated.
Canadian Police Charge Suspect in Shooting That Left 2 Police Officers and 2 Civilians Dead
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder
Why apes can't talk: our study suggests they've got the voice but not the brains
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Our research supports the idea that human speech abilities comes down to our brain power.
Argentina’s Abortion Vote Was a Stepping Stone Not a Setback
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Despite Argentina’s senators closing a door to women’s rights, the movement opened a huge window to the entire continent and beyond
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
President Trump Jabs FBI, Saying He May 'Get Involved' Over Andrew McCabe Texts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding?”
Ships set sail from Seattle on a NASA mission to trace sea creatures’ carbon trail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After seven years of preparation, two research vessels are heading out of Seattle to begin a 40-day voyage to track how tiny organisms in the ocean affect the world’s carbon balance — and it’s a bittersweet moment for one scientist who’s staying behind. “People ask me, ‘Are you happy?’ ” Paula Bontempi, EXPORTS program scientist at NASA Headquarters, said today at Seattle’s Pier 91, hours before departure. “I don’t know. Are you happy when your kids go off to college?” It’s graduation time for the EXPORTS oceanographic campaign, jointly funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation. EXPORTS stands for Export… Read More
Heavens to shine with new ‘star’ as first space sculpture prepares for launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Look up into the night sky towards the end of October and you may catch sight of a brand new ‘star’ twinkling in the cosmos. The tiny speck of light is not the offspring of a seething nebula, but the world’s first space sculpture, which will orbit the Earth for three weeks this autumn. The length of a football field, and the shape of an elongated diamond, the ‘Orbital Reflector’ artwork is the brainchild of US artist Trevor Paglen and will be launched on board on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Floating around the planet once every 90 minutes, 350 miles from the surface, the satellite will be visible in Britain about four times a night as the sun reflects off its shiny surface after dusk and before dawn. Trevor Paglen, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 4), 2013, Mr Paglen, whose work seeks to highlight mass surveillance and data protection, said he wanted people to look up into the night sky with a renewed sense of wonder and consider their place in the universe.  It will be the first satellite to exist purely as an artistic gesture. The idea of putting art in space was originally devised by the Russian artist Kazim Malevitch, who envisaged arking works that would circle the world, which he called ‘sputniks.’ The name was eventually adopted for the world’s first satellite. The new work, is a reflective, inflatable sculpture affixed to a small satellite that will orbit the earth for several weeks before disintegrating upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Trevor Paglen “It’ll look like one of the stars in the Big Dipper but slowly moving across the sky,” Mr Paglen said. “It will be in what's called a sun-synchronous orbit, and will slowly fall to earth from there, eventually burning up harmlessly as it gets close to earth. “This is extremely logistically intensive project - it definitely isn't something that an artist can just do in their studio. “Space is actually really really big, and it's extremely unlikely that it will collide with anything else. The main thing to worry about is it deploying successfully around other satellites. We've been working with the launch provider to come up with a plan to mitigate against any accidents there.” The sculpture will be seen at dawn and dusk as it reflects the Sun's rays  The sculpture has been built by Global Western aerospace from a super lightweight material which on on launch is packed inside a small box-like spacecraft, known as a CubeSat. It will be launched by SpaceX from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at the end of October. The rocket will initially dock at the International Space Station where the CubeSat will be taken on board. At the correct time it will be deployed into space, where it will then release the artwork which inflates into a huge reflective balloon. Back on Earth, people wanting to see it will be able to put their location into a ‘star map’ on the website to find out when Orbital Reflector will fly over. Mr Paglen said he wanted to highlight how many satellites are circling the Earth. It isn't the first time he has sent a work of art into space. Previously he launched ‘The Last Pictures’ a collection of 100 images intended to represent human history onto a geostationary satellite in 2012. Orbital Reflector is co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art. An early prototype of the artwork currently hangs in the museum.
New Zealand Announces Plan to Ban Single
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags over the next year in order to “look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation.”
California Wildfire Victims Face Higher Rebuilding Costs Because of President Trump's Tariffs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The cost of imported lumber, drywall, nails and other materials have all risen
NASA astronaut says he saw something ‘organic, alien
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The truth is out there
Rolex Wants You to Put Its Watches In Harm’s Way
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If you ever get the chance to visit the headquarters of The Explorers Club on Manhattan’s Upper East side, and can get past the giant stuffed polar bear and a sled from a 1909 North Pole expedition, be sure to look at the flags. The Explorers Club counts as members such luminaries as Dr. Sylvia Earle, Captain James Lovell, James Cameron, and many, many more names you’d likely recognize.
Flash floods kill 37 in India's tourist hotspot Kerala
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Flash floods in Kerala have killed 37 people and displaced around 36,000, Indian officials said Saturday, after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state. Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season. The army has been roped in for rescue efforts in Kerala after two days of heavy rain drove authorities to open the shutters of 27 reservoirs to drain out the excess water.
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
President Trump Says He's Doubling Steel and Aluminum Tariffs 'With Respect to Turkey'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Turkey vowed retaliation 'without delay'
Work Emails May Be Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health — And Your Relationship
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's another reason to unplug
At Least 72 People Got Sick After Swimming at a Minnesota Campground, Officials Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They seem to have cryptosporidiosis
Authorities Investigate the Circumstances Surrounding 'Suicidal' Employee Who Stole a Plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The incident points to one of the biggest potential perils for air travel
'Suicidal' Airline Employee Stole a Plane and Performed Stunts Before Crashing Near Seattle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets
Charlottesville on high alert on the anniversary of white supremacist violence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A group of anti-fascist activists rallied peacefully in downtown Charlottesville as the city marks the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence. Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters. The following day, a much larger gathering of white nationalists near a downtown park erupted into violence.
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
Trying to Be Happy Is Making You Miserable. Here's Why
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We may be overemphasizing happiness
Donald Trump Jr. Deletes False Instagram That Claims Father Is More Popular Than Obama
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The falsified image originated from a CNN segment that aired on Monday
Shooting in Canada Leaves 4 Dead, Including 2 Police Officers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Canadian police charged a man Saturday for the deaths of two police officers and two civilians in a shooting that struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence
This Massive "Rogue" Planet is Our Solar Neighbor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists are studying a rogue object with a mysterious aurora halfway between a brown dwarf and a planet.
Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Tells Iowans He's 'Exploring a Run for the Presidency'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Avenatti is scheduled to speak at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa
Mutant mosquitoes: Can gene editing kill off malaria?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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 is no ordinary laboratory. It is the nerve centre of the most innovative attempt yet made to eliminate malaria – a scourge that, even today, kills a child every 90 seconds. It is where scientists are developing what could prove to be the ultimate weapon against malaria-bearing mosquitoes. Gene-drive could be one of those transformative tools that makes the end of malaria possibleMartin Edlund, Malaria No More They are seeking to harness ‘gene-drive’ technology to render those long-legged, glassy-winged insects incapable of reproduction so that their populations crash. The mood is one of suppressed excitement. ‘I think it’s on the way to success, but not guaranteed sufficiently that I’d say all other research should stop,’ says Austin Burt, an understated professor of evolutionary genetics at Imperial. He heads a project called Target Malaria, which employs 130 scientists in 14 institutions in Europe, Africa and North America. ‘I’m convinced it will work… We have made tremendous progress in the last two years,’ says Andrea Crisanti, a genial professor of molecular parasitology at Imperial, who has helped Burt develop the technology over the past 15 years. ‘Gene-drive could be one of those transformative tools that makes the end of malaria possible,’ says Martin Edlund, chief executive of the pressure group Malaria No More. ‘It could save millions of lives, prevent billions of cases and unlock trillions of dollars in economic productivity by helping to end one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases.’ The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which often backs risky projects that governments shy away from, has shown its confidence by pumping $70 million into the project since 2005. But perfecting the science, hard as that is, will be just the start. Factfile | Malaria It cannot be deployed without the support of governments and peoples. And although it could eliminate not only malaria, which kills nearly half a million people a year, but any number of other deadly diseases, including yellow fever, dengue and Zika, it is already generating fierce opposition reminiscent of the furore over genetically modified foods. More than 170 environmental and other civil-society organisations have demanded a moratorium on what they call ‘genetic extinction technology’. They argue that it could have dire unintended consequences, or be hijacked for all manner of nefarious purposes – including, just conceivably, the development of bioweapons. ‘We should not be playing God in the garden with things scientists admit they do not fully understand,’ says Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner at Friends of the Earth. Nothing in history has killed as many humans as malaria – not wars, famines, plagues or natural disasters, or probably all of those combined. Hippocrates described its symptoms 2,400 years ago. It plagued ancient Rome. It stalled the advance of white colonialists into sub-Saharan Africa. It helped Haiti’s former slaves to defeat Napoleon’s mighty army and win independence in 1803. It held back the development of America’s Deep South. It wrecked the first – French – attempt to build the Panama Canal. Andrea Crisanti (left), professor of molecular parasitology at Imperial College London, with Austin Burt (right), lead of Target Malaria and professor of evolutionary genetics Credit: Richard Ansett In 1906, two years after the United States took that project over, 21,000 of the 26,000 workers were afflicted by malaria. It was not until the end of the 19th century that doctors discovered that malaria – a distortion of the Italian words mala aria or ‘bad air’ – was a pathogen transmitted by mosquitoes. Specifically, the female mosquito alights on human skin and, using her sharp proboscis, searches for blood. When she nicks a tiny vessel, she inserts a substance that prevents coagulation. She then sucks out the blood she needs for reproduction. When the saliva she leaves behind contains the plasmodium parasite, those parasites migrate to the liver, where they mature and multiply. About a week later, tens of thousands of parasites escape into the bloodstream and attach themselves to red blood cells. The blood cells eventually rupture and the victim is hit by the full force of malaria –  headaches, vomiting, violent shivering, extreme fever and sweating. The most unfortunate, usually babies and children, suffer delirium, coma and finally death.  When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes closeBill Gates The mosquito may be just a few millimetres long, but it is man’s deadliest enemy. The Gates Foundation has calculated that approximately 10 people a year are killed by sharks, 100 by lions, 1,000 by crocodiles, 10,000 by tsetse flies, 50,000 by snakes and 475,000 by other humans. Mosquitoes kill roughly 725,000 – mostly through malaria but also through diseases like dengue and yellow fever. ‘When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close,’ Bill Gates has said. Identifying the mosquito as the vector allowed the developed world largely to eliminate malaria by the mid-20th century through better drainage and sanitation, the isolation of malaria patients (to prevent mosquitoes biting them and then passing the virus on), insecticides, window screens  and the development of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine. In the 1950s, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a drive to eradicate malaria elsewhere by dousing developing countries in DDT – almost literally. Initially that campaign worked, and more than two dozen countries eliminated the disease – with adverse environmental consequences down the line. But the mosquito is a formidable opponent. It began developing resistance to the insecticide, as the plasmodium parasite did to chloroquine. Funding dried up. The programme was suspended in 1969. Malaria returned with a vengeance. War on malaria | On the brink of a breakthrough? The second great drive against malaria began in the early 2000s, using new tools: 1.65 billion bed nets treated with modern insecticides; a fresh set of drugs based on artemisinin; and a rapid diagnostic test that could be deployed in the field. Again, the drive worked well for a while. Globally the number of malaria cases fell from 262 million in 2000 to 214 million in 2015, and deaths from 839,000 to 438,000. Then progress stalled. In 2016 there were 216 million cases of malaria and 445,000 deaths – a slight rise on the previous year. Once again mosquitoes have developed resistance to the insecticides used in bed nets, and there are signs that the parasite is developing resistance to drugs containing artemisinin, too.  Europe has eliminated indigenous malaria, but a few scientists have warned that mosquitoes bearing the malaria and dengue pathogens could reach southern Europe if global warming continues. Malaria has largely retreated to its strongholds in sub-Saharan Africa, but there it is thriving, often in poor, ill-governed or conflict-ridden countries lacking sanitation and proper health services. International funding for efforts to counter malaria has also levelled off despite the WHO goal, adopted in 2015, of reducing malaria deaths by 90 per cent by 2030. In short, says Jeff Chertack, senior programme officer at the Gates Foundation, ‘We can’t rely on the tools we have today to end malaria. We need new tools with a longer duration and increased effectiveness in difficult settings.’ A lab worker screens a genetically modified Anopheles gambiae mosquito's larvae with a laser microscope at Imperial College London Credit: Richard Ansett One could be the development, after decades of research, of an antimalarial vaccine called RTS,S, but it has to be taken in four doses over many months and has a low success rate. The other is the new method of attacking the mosquito pioneered at Imperial by Profs Burt and Crisanti: gene-drive technology. In 2000 Prof Crisanti, an Italian in his early 60s, became the first scientist to insert engineered genes into malarial mosquitoes, though at that stage all they did was turn the mosquitoes’ eyes a fluorescent green to show that the technique worked in principle. Three years later,  Prof Burt, a Canadian in his mid-50s who moved to Britain from California in 1995, published  a Royal Society paper suggesting that DNA-cutting enzymes could be used to develop a  gene-drive technology that could be deployed against those mosquitoes.  The idea was to use a synthetic gene to cut a mosquito’s DNA sequence at a precise point and paste itself into the gap, thereby replicating itself in both the mosquito’s relevant chromosomes so it is bound to be passed on to the insect’s progeny.  Normally genes stand a mere 50/50 chance of being passed on. Malaria | Case studies The two men began to collaborate, and they were helped enormously by the subsequent development of CRISPR, a revolutionary gene-editing tool that made it far easier to produce the required enzymes.  The Imperial team is targeting just three of the 3,500 species of mosquito – anopheles gambiae, coluzzii and arabiensis, which spread malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. It is exploring the use of genes that will either reduce the females’ fertility, or ensure that their progeny are predominantly male (only females bite humans). Mosquitoes reproduce rapidly, so those genes could cascade through a mosquito population in a couple of dozen generations, or less than two years. This ‘population suppression’ effectively reverses the evolutionary process, which normally favours genes that help a species survive. It would implant genes designed to do the exact opposite. ‘It’s like a genetic disease of the mosquito. It’s spreading despite the harm it’s causing to the mosquito,’ Prof Burt tells me in his office on Imperial’s Silwood Park campus, near Ascot. Unlike conventional measures to combat malaria, it would be simple, self-sustaining and relatively cheap. It would not require a functioning health system, political stability or government funding to work. ‘It takes human frailty out of the equation, and humans are the weak point in fighting malaria,’ says Prof Crisanti in his South Kensington office. Prof Burt’s team has already created infertile mosquitoes in the Insectary, and ones that can only breed males. It is now grappling with the problem of their evolving resistance to genetic alteration. It also has to find ways of crossing its lab mosquitoes with wild ones, and to that end has built a large lab in  Terni, Italy, that mimics the climatic conditions  of sub-Saharan Africa.  Wild Anopheles gambiae like these will eventually be crossed with genetically modified mosquitoes Credit: Richard Ansett It intends to stage trial runs with risk-free mosquitoes. It needs to study how fast and far the synthetic genes would spread in natural conditions, and whether that spread could be contained or reversed if necessary. It is working closely with authorities and local communities in three African countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Uganda – where, with their permission, it eventually hopes to release several bucketfuls of genetically modified mosquitoes in villages 10 or 15 miles apart. But that will not happen soon. Prof Burt says there is still a ‘long slog’ ahead. He reckons it will be 2023 before Target Malaria is ready to seek approval for deploying its gene-drive mosquitoes. And that could well be where the real battle begins. ‘If you asked me 10 years ago I’d have said the science was the harder problem. Now I think the biggest roadblock is getting the technology in the field,’ says Prof Crisanti. The first problem is the lack of a supranational regulatory authority for a technology whose impact will ignore national boundaries: if gene-drive technology works, the genocidal mosquitoes will spread rapidly across Africa. Burt says Target Malaria is encouraging the African Union to explore the issues involved with its member states. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity is also seeking to draw up rules. The application of such irreversible and risky technology should have global oversight and a requirement for transparency that doesn’t exist at the momentDana Perls, Friends of the Earth The second is the growing opposition of environmentalists to gene-drive technology. They fret about the elimination of entire species, the damage that could do to ecosystems, and the possibility that other harmful species could fill the ensuing void. They worry that gene drives could jump across species, or cause dangerous mutations and other unforeseen consequences. The environmentalists’ concerns are not limited to the elimination of anopheles mosquitoes. They say that gene-drive technology could be used against any species that reproduces sexually and fast, and that is deemed to be a nuisance: worms, pests, ticks, rodents, invasive fish. They fear that it could be exploited for commercial gain by the giants of industrial agriculture, or used by rogue states to create mosquitoes that produce toxins or spread designer plagues. That scenario is not entirely far-fetched. In 2016 James Clapper, then US director of national intelligence, added gene-drive technology to a list of threats posed by ‘weapons of mass destruction and proliferation’. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has reportedly invested $100 million in gene-drive research. ‘The application of such irreversible and risky technology should have global oversight and a requirement for transparency that doesn’t exist at the moment,’ says Perls of Friends of the Earth.  ‘Target Malaria should prepare itself for a great deal of robust interrogation and resistance,’ adds Mariam Mayet, executive director of the African Centre for Biodiversity. She calls it a ‘neocolonial project designed and conceived in the West and telling us what’s good for us’. Ali Tapsoba, head of an organisation called Terre à Vie in Burkino Faso, told me, ‘There are so many unanswered questions ahead of us that we do not accept gene drives. We have our own know-how to solve our health problems. Our forests are full of healing plants and we would prefer to have a good policy for the hygiene and sanitation of our environment rather than leaping towards the unknown.’ How Ghana is leading the way in the fight against malaria Prof Burt, whose gene-drive project is the world’s largest, certainly does not dismiss these concerns, though he believes some are unwarranted. He says the anopheles mosquito plays no key role in any ecosystem, and that using gene drives for terrorism would be extremely difficult. He insists that Target Malaria, a non-profit organisation, is advancing cautiously, consulting widely and being as transparent as possible. Its job is simply to develop the tool and let others decide whether to use it, he says. ‘It’s not up to me or Imperial College whether to release these mosquitoes. It’s up to the Africans to decide.’ Prof Crisanti ‘strongly believes that this technology will help mankind to eliminate malaria’, and sees no problem with humans destroying species of mosquito to achieve that goal. ‘We are part of this complex system of life on earth. We’re in competition with the mosquito. If we use our brains that’s part of the evolution game. Why do we have to introduce a moral component?’ Of gene-drive’s critics, he says, ‘They mostly sit in comfortable offices in San Diego or San Francisco. I’d like them to live in the bush in Africa where malaria is a problem every day.  I think the decision whether to use this technology or not should be left to the people who have the problem.’ They also need to consider the alternative, Prof Crisanti suggests: ‘What about the moral issue of doing nothing and leaving all those people dying of malaria?’ Bill Gates made a similar point in a recent Reuters interview. ‘Malaria itself is quite controversial. It kills about 400,000 kids a year,’ he noted. At a forum on the subject earlier this year, he described seeing a child convulsed with seizures in a Tanzanian hospital. ‘With the state of science and the wealth of the world, that should really be an affront. We really shouldn’t accept that this disease can continue.’ Newsletter promotion - global health security - end of article  Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security 
The 6 Best Perfumes for Dinosaurs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new study finds that dinosaurs loved floral scents. Here are the ones we think they would like best.
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
The Most Devastating Earthquakes in the 2000s
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
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Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Allowed Her to Let Go of a 'Piece of Femininity'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Chi creator shaved off her signature locs in July
559 Children Separated at the Border Have Still Not Been Reunited With Their Parents
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For 163 children, parents said they did not want to be reunited
Father Of Baby Found Dead In River Arrested After Fleeing To Thailand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
James Currie has been arrested after fleeing to Thailand the day after his son's body was found floating in the river.
'Suicidal' Airline Employee Stole a Plane and Performed Stunts Before Crashing Near Seattle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The man's condition after the crash wasn't immediately known
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
The Strange Role of Chemtrails in the Debate About Fixing Climate Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team at UC Berkeley has finally brought the bad idea down to Earth.
Russia's Next Fighter Might Have a New Way to Shoot Down F
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Russia’s future sixth-generation fighter as well as its next generation unmanned aircraft could be equipped with what is described as a “radio-photonic radar.”
Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings Will Start in September
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Senator Chuck Grassley announced the hearings would start September 4
North Korea Denounces U.S. Officials For 'Intensifying Sanctions'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pyongyang called on the U.S. to reciprocate its "goodwill measures" by easing sanctions
Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Tells Iowans He's 'Exploring a Run for the Presidency'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a case against President Donald Trump, took a swing through Iowa on Thursday and said he is “exploring a run for the presidency of the United States.”
After Wildfire Shut Down Yosemite for 14 Days, the National Park Will Reopen Tuesday
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history"
Monsanto owners call weed killer 'safe' after jury orders big payout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Monsanto's German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was "safe", rejecting a California jury's decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer. While observers predicted thousands of potential future claims against the company in the wake of Monsanto's defeat, Bayer -- which recently acquired the US giant -- said the California ruling went against scientific evidence. "On the basis of scientific conclusions, the views of worldwide regulatory authorities and the decades-long practical experience with glyphosate use, Bayer is convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer," the company said in a statement.
Imran Khan’s priority will be fixing Pakistan’s economy, A plan for Greece after major wildfires, As the Syrian war draws to a close, a glimmer of
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“[Pakistani Prime Minister-elect Imran] Khan cannot be faulted for any absence of zeal during the preparatory process, leading up to the polls, to go about [the] task [of fixing the economy],” writes Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury. “In his election manifesto issued early July, he entitled his aspirations as the ‘Road to New Pakistan’.... To his ... contemporary constituency, he explained the model as being similar to the politico-economic culture prevalent in Scandinavia.... Alas, the road to a ‘New Pakistan’ appears to be extremely uneven, unusually steep, and full of potholes.
Flames Inch Close to California Homes, Prompting Evacuation Orders for 20,000
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Aircraft turned hillsides red with retardant as homeowners wet their houses with garden hoses in a battle to contain an arson wildfire
Astronauts' bones and muscles can severely decay in space — and this company aims to stop it
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Space travel takes a serious toll on the human body.
Everything You Need to Know About the Last Eclipse of 2018
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Don't miss the Aug. 11 solar eclipse -- it will be the last eclipse of 2018
Canada Shooting Leaves at Least 4 Dead, Police Say
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At least one suspect is in custody