The Scandal of Grenfell

The Scandal of Grenfell – witness it all in a play near the scene of the fire:- “Dictating to The Estate”. Regarding safety in housing in  London – a production focussing on Grenfell by Nathaniel McBride every day until and including Sunday 12 June 2022 (no production on 7 June). Maxilla Social Club W10 6SW…

CBD

In Kerala ( India) the £63m K-Rail project, a high-speed rail linking the state end to end. A four feet tall marijuana  ( Cannabis) plant was found growing on government land near Palarivatton next to a pillar supporting the elevated rail of Kochi Metro, which was duly chopped down. Cannabis has been used in the…

New Gene drive to tackle malarial mosquitos

The next generation of genetic modification (GM) technology, lab-tweaked gene into an organism, gene drive technology goes even further by automatically replicating itself, and removing a specific natural gene. If an animal (parent A)  that contains a gene drive mates with one that doesn’t (parent B), then in the forming embryo that starts to combine…

Magic weight loss pill on trial

More than 2, 500 people suffering from obesity in nine countries, who weighed 105 kilograms on average at baseline, have lost 24 kilograms on average when they are treated with the highest dose of a new hunger-blocking drug in a large clinical trial according to results announced on 28 April by US Pharmaceutical giant Lilly…

How can we prevent the Next Pandemic?

Professor Devi Sridhar’s vital roles in communicating science to the public and speaking truth to power. In Preventable, she highlights lessons learned from outbreaks past and present in a narrative that traces the Covid-19 pandemic including her personal experience as a scientist, and set out a vision for how we can better protect ourselves from…

History of mortality

University of Manchester biochemistry Professor Andrew Doig provides an eye-opening portrait of death throughout history, looking at infectious diseases, genetic disease, violence, and diet, who they affected, and the people who made it possible to overthrow them. We also hear about the long and torturous story of the discovery of vitamin C and its role…

Collective response to the virus

Historian, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords, Professor Peter Hennessy’s Covid diary collecting his thoughts each day, started six days before the UK went into its first lockdown, vulnerable through illness, sits as a cross-bencher, has been told to shield at home from the virus. He discovered the links between the post-second world…

New Outbreak in the UK from Lassa fever, one dead

Health officials confirmed the first death from Lassa fever, an animal-borne, or zoonotic, acute viral illness in the UK,  as three cases have been reported this week in the UK. Experts have said the Lassa virus is not transmitted via airborne infection but through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Lassa Haemorrhagic fever…

Four people escape helicopter crash

Four passengers including an infant survived  a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter  crash landing in a built-up area, avoiding overhead power cables and building before it hit the street and slid into bushes outside a Methodist Church in Philadelphia. “The helicopter taken off from outside Philadelphia is believed to have encountered mechanical problems during the flight” a…