• Pre-Raphaelites on Paper

    More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time. The collection comprises works by around 60...
  • Obamas bemoan White House wi-fi

    Obamas bemoan White House wi-fi

    Image caption Getting online is not always easy here The Obamas have lamented patchy wi-fi coverage in the White House during a TV interview. There are a “lot of dead spots”, President Obama revealed during...
  • England were abrasive

    England were abrasive

    Media playback is not supported on this device Jeremy Guscott analyses Jack Nowell’s try for England in the win over Scotland In terms of what England wanted out of the game with Scotland I think...
  • We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes

    We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes

    A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say. The technology, called a “gene drive,” was demonstrated only last year in yeast cells, fruit...
  • Leopard hurts six in Indian school

    Leopard hurts six in Indian school

    Image copyright Kashif Masood Image caption The leopard was tranquilised on Sunday evening A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist...

Headline News

  • Two shot dead, four wounded after Mississippi Mardi Gras parade


    Two people were shot dead and four wounded on Sunday following a Mardi Gras parade in a Mississippi Gulf town, media said. Two men, aged 29 and 43, were killed at the event in Pass Christian, a Gulf town of 4,600 about 25 miles west of Biloxi, the Sun Herald newspaper reported on its web site, citing the Harrison County Coroner. Police responding to calls about a fight described arriving at a scene of chaos, according to the report. Witnesses reported hearing about a dozen shots fired in all. Four people were reportedly being treated for gunshots wounds. No arrests have been made and police were continuing their investigation. Authorities had estimated some 50,000 people had turned out for the afternoon Mardi Gras parade. (Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Nick Macfie)

    February 8, 2016 1:12 am
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Politics

  • Facts? Few and far between


    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, answers a question during a Republican presidential primary debate in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn’t get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under “Obamacare” or what might happen if that law is taken away. Among other fumbles: —Marco Rubio seemed unaware that Kurds are Sunnis. —In his zeal to condemn the Obama administration’s immigration record, Ted Cruz once again vastly overstated deportations under the previous two presidents. And he continued, as in a previous debate, to struggle with the meaning of carpet-bombing. —Chris Christie misstated the U.S. policy on paying ransom to hostage-takers. A look at some of the claims Saturday night and how they compare with the facts: DONALD TRUMP: “Right now, we’re the highest taxed country in the world.” THE FACTS: Far from it. The …

    February 8, 2016 12:32 am
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Stocks

  • Obama helps Stephen Colbert kick off Super Bowl 50 ‘Late Show’


    Stephen Colbert played catch with President Obama to open his post Super Bowl 50 “Late Show.” Stephen Colbert kicked off his live “Late Show” following Super Bowl 50 with a big surprise guest: President Obama. Obama appeared on CBS’ post-Super Bowl “Late Show” to play catch with the host even though Colbert was in New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater and Obama was in Washington D.C. “You in the back, the tall guy with the really big ears,” Colbert said before throwing the football to Obama at the White House. “Nice arm, Stephen,” Obama responded. “The Late Show” Super Bowl show included soldiers stationed overseas, astronaut Scott Kelly beamed from space, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Chewbacca from “Star Wars,” and Fox News’ host Megyn Kelly. Related: Megyn Kelly is ready for Trump: ‘I stand by every question’ Obama’s portion was taped last week, a point that Colbert, who boasted about the live nature of the show, …

    February 8, 2016 12:52 am
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Sports

  • England were abrasive


    Media playback is not supported on this device Jeremy Guscott analyses Jack Nowell’s try for England in the win over Scotland In terms of what England wanted out of the game with Scotland I think they got everything. It was physical, it was abrasive, it was what they talked about all week and what new head coach Eddie Jones said he wanted to get England back to. Jones said he was going up to Murrayfield to set the tone and leave with the win. He will go away happy and we will see a progression on what they did against Scotland over the next few games. The tactics were more route one, using the forwards. Centre Jonathan Joseph didn’t really get the ball and the wingers mainly got it from kick returns so there is still a bit of finesse for England to put around the back line. Set piece solidity, but midfield goes missing …

    February 8, 2016 1:36 am
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World News

  • Pre-Raphaelites on Paper


    More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time. The collection comprises works by around 60 of the most prominent artists of the Pre-Raphaelite period, with many of the pictures portraying their wives and girlfriends. Here we explore the story behind a selection of the pictures on show. Clare Stephens by Frederic George Stephens Image copyright National Gallery of Canada Image caption Frederic George Stephens, Portrait of Clare Stephens, c. 1865, watercolour and gouache with scraping and selectively applied glaze on wove paper Paintings by Frederic George Stephens are rare as he was a practising artist for only a short time – before pursuing life as an art critic. Stephens also claimed to have destroyed nearly all his works. This painting, however, remains and one can assume that is due to the sitter having some significance …

    February 8, 2016 1:39 am
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Technology

  • We Have the Technology to Destroy All Zika Mosquitoes


    A controversial genetic technology able to wipe out the mosquito carrying the Zika virus will be available within months, scientists say. The technology, called a “gene drive,” was demonstrated only last year in yeast cells, fruit flies, and a species of mosquito that transmits malaria. It uses the gene-snipping technology CRISPR to force a genetic change to spread through a population as it reproduces. Three U.S. labs that handle mosquitoes, two in California and one in Virginia, say they are already working toward a gene drive for Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito blamed for spreading Zika. If deployed, the technology could theoretically drive the species to extinction. “We could have it easily within a year,” says Anthony James, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Irvine. Any release of a gene drive in the wild would be hotly debated by ecologists. So far, no public health agency has thrown its weight behind the idea. But with …

    February 8, 2016 12:52 am
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Science

  • Chromosomes reconfigure as cell division ends


    Related images(click to enlarge) Cellular senescence — when a cell can no longer divide — is a programmed stage in a cell’s life cycle. Sometimes, as in aging, we wish it didn’t happen so much and sometimes, as in cancer, we wish it would happen more. Given its important impacts on health, biologists wish they could explain more about what’s happening in cells when senescence takes hold. A new study helps by showing that chromosomes become somewhat transformed, altering their patterns of gene expression. “There is a reconfiguration of their three-dimensional structure, which was kind of unexpected in my opinion,” said Nicola Neretti, assistant professor of biology at Brown University and senior author of the study in Science Advances. Overall, Neretti’s team found, chromosomes become much more compact, though some parts of them expand in volume. An analysis of their spatial organization finds that most genes move into areas called “B” compartments that are locked …

    February 7, 2016 11:31 pm
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Health

  • Celgene, Gilead Sciences shares could rise 30 percent: Barron’s


    NEW YORK The tumble in share prices for biotechnology stocks has created some buying opportunities, with drugmakers Celgene Corp (CELG.O) and Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) poised for a 30 percent rise over the next year, Barron’s said. Both companies currently rely on closely related medications for the bulk of their income, creating risk, but the potential for diversification either through developing new treatments or being bought out could provide substantial upside, the publication said. Celgene, which specializes in treatments for a blood plasma cell cancer called myeloma, could see double-digit growth for its Revlimid drug for years to come, with significant growth potential from overseas, Barron’s said. Despite negative publicity related to high prices on its hepatitis-C drugs, Gilead Sciences’ products often cure patients within months, the publication said. “That word, cure, isn’t used often enough by Big Pharma,” Barron’s said. The company also expects to generate $85 billion in cumulative free cash through 2020, which …

    February 8, 2016 12:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Beyonce Slays During Super Bowl Halftime Show, Announces World Tour


    Posted on Sun Feb 7th, 2016 10:23pm PDT       By X17 Staff After Coldplay opened the halftime show at the Super Bowl, Bruno Mars performed, and then Beyonce took the stage and gave it her all. If you missed it, click the video above to watch her performance! Queen Bey performed her new tune “Formation,” which she dropped on Saturday with a racy music video in which she sings about Red Lobster, among other things. Bey wore a leotard and tights, and while she danced like Janet Jackson, there weren’t any Janet-style wardrobe mishaps. In other big Beyonce news, the singer announced her Formation World Tour, which kicks off in Miami on April 27. Before her Super Bowl ad for the tour played, Ticketmaster started the rumor mill by tweeting, “Big news after the #SuperBowl tonight! Don’t miss it.” Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 16, on Ticketmaster — click thru to see the dates! NORTH …

    February 8, 2016 1:12 am
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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