News archive from 19 March 2012

In praise of ... fruit flies

Drosophila are laboratory favourites: these little fruit flies have short life cycles and active sex lives, so geneticists can track their characteristics over many generations. A proportion of the genes we know best were first identified in fruit fly...

 
Upstairs Downstairs: episode five

Upstairs Downstairs: episode five

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for people watching Upstairs Downstairs on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five Viv Groskop's episode four blog Mr Pritchard's gone to the movies! Hallam has lost his shoe! Actually Hallam's lost more than...

Guardian, 22:02 in Showbiz
 
England's front row destroy Ireland for emphatic Six Nations victory

England's front row destroy Ireland for emphatic Six Nations victory

Short of fielding a front row comprising Patrick Kielty, Graham Norton and Father Ted, Ireland could not have endured a worse scrummaging nightmare than this. There are all sorts of unpleasant verbs to describe the horrors inflicted upon them by...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
Wayne Smith the key as Stuart Lancaster starts to plot England future

Wayne Smith the key as Stuart Lancaster starts to plot England future

It is likely to be another 10 days at least before the Rugby Football Union finally confirms the blindingly obvious but there can no longer be a hint of doubt. Within an hour of England's comprehensive rout of Ireland, Stuart Lancaster could even be...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
Warren Gatland looks forward to Wales challenging Australia next

Warren Gatland looks forward to Wales challenging Australia next

Wales are getting used to grand slams but after their third in eight seasons their focus is on ending the boom-and-bust cycle that has beset them since the end of the 1970s. Success has tended to be followed by prolonged failure but, as the Wales...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
Six Nations 2012: After Wales grand slam party it is time to move on

Six Nations 2012: After Wales grand slam party it is time to move on

So what now? We've done the celebrating (and yes the party was very much up to scratch. Thanks for asking) but you can't rest on a grand slam, even if it is the second in four years. Our experience of 2008 is that you have to crack on. In our case...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
Manchester United play havoc with Wolves' over-stretched defence

Manchester United play havoc with Wolves' over-stretched defence

A combination of woeful, undisciplined defending at set-plays and a lack of organisation to counter Antonio Valencia's superiority on Manchester United's right was crucial to this demoralising defeat for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Clubs in the lowest...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
Scotland's wooden spoon stirs speculation about Andy Robinson exit

Scotland's wooden spoon stirs speculation about Andy Robinson exit

It was an appropriately miserable end to a thoroughly dispiriting season for Scotland who walked away with the wooden spoon and suffered their first whitewash since 2004. Both were well deserved as Italy dominated this match and would have won more...

Guardian, 22:03 in Sport
 
China's path to reform

China's path to reform

Last week's dismissal of Bo Xilai, the party secretary of Chongqing province, casts this autumn's Chinese Communist party congress, with the anticipated replacement of President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, in a...

 

British journalists freed in Libya

Two British journalists held in Libya after they were accused of spying have been released, the Foreign Office said. Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson were held by a Libyan militia after their capture in Tripoli on February 22....

 

Muamba remains critical

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition as he fights for his life following his cardiac arrest at Tottenham on Saturday. A new statement, jointly released by Bolton and Barts and The London NHS Trust, on Sunday evening...

People, 22:07 in Sport
 

England player may be cited over bite

"It could be dealt with afterwards. If it is seen it will be dealt with. I did not see it. "Have a word. Nothing like that takes place in this game. I can only deal with what I see. Have a word please. "I have had a look. Unless I can...

 
Homeland: series one, episode five

Homeland: series one, episode five

SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for people watching Homeland on Channel 4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five – and if you've seen further in the series, please do not leave spoilers Rebecca Nicholson's episode four blog Hello and welcome to...

Guardian, 22:11 in Showbiz
 
Tragedy strikes as Kilmarnock player's dad dies after suffering suspected heart attack

Tragedy strikes as Kilmarnock player's dad dies after suffering suspected heart attack

Kilmarnock midfielder Liam Kelly's dad Jack died after suffering a heart attack after watching his son's cup-winning performance over Scottish league leaders Celtic. He collapsed at the end of the Scottish Communities League Cup match at Hampden. He...

Daily Mail, 22:12 in Sport
 

Panda birth could be live online

Edinburgh Zoo is considering streaming the birth of its first baby panda live on the internet. Giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived in Scotland from Ya'an reserve in Chengdu, China, on December 4 last year. They went on show to zoo visitors...

 


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