Sunday 19 January 2020

In brief: 'Star Trek' device can detect E.coli

A real-life version of 'Star Trek' medic Dr McCoy's diagnostic marvel, the tricorder, is being developed by British scientists using viruses that behave like spaghetti.

The shoebox-sized prototype can already detect dangerous E.coli bugs in a sample in five minutes and future devices will identify a whole range of infections at the same time, and may be small enough to attach to a smart phone.

Pelvic thrusting okay, says BBC

Robbie Savage's Michael Jackson-style pelvic thrusts on 'Strictly Come Dancing' did not breach "generally accepted guidelines" but part of the routine was at "the margins of acceptability", according to the BBC Trust.

The BBC received hundreds of complaints after the former footballer danced with partner Ola Jordan to Jackson's hit 'Bad' last year and finished his routine by leaping on the judges' desk.

Inmate hid phone in prosthetic leg

An inmate in a Pennsylvania jail hid a mobile phone and charger in his prosthetic leg.

Christopher Greer has been charged with smuggling the items into prison. Greer was jailed for six months after being convicted of driving with a suspended licence.

African bank left out in the gold

South Africa's central bank says a handful of collectible Krugerrands have been found to be up to 5pc short on gold.

The discovery emerged from an investigation launched after concerns arose about technical issues at the mint.

Muamba son cried out after collapse

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba's young son cried out as he saw him collapse on TV during a football match as he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Three-year-old Joshua called out "Mummy, daddy is frozen", as they looked on helplessly during the live game. The Premier League star has since had a remarkable recovery.

Jessie J reveals why she's tough

Pop star Jessie J has revealed that she was reduced to tears every day by a teacher as she pursued her dream of becoming a singer.

'The Voice' coach said the experience made her tough on some of the contestants on the BBC1 show. The 'Price Tag' singer (24) is a coach on the programme with Tom Jones, Black Eyed Peas star, and The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue.

Irish Independent

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