Boris Johnson says he wants to see “needles going into arms like a sewing machine stitching a quilt of protection”, after slashing the interval for Covid booster jabs from six months to three. “If we boost and make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated, we will be okay,” former vaccine taskforce chief Clive Dix told the BBC. In the first day of her trial in New York, Ghislaine Maxwell was accused of devising a “pyramid scheme of abuse” with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. MI6 boss Richard Moore told Radio 4’s Today that he only ever writes in green ink. His predecessors did the same: it’s a naval tradition that dates back to Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the first “C”. “The same is true of my typescript on my computer,” Moore says.
These are the dying moments of Eggborough power station, which once powered two million homes in North Yorkshire. Its final four smokestacks were reduced to rubble in a series of controlled explosions last month. These demolitions are so common, they’ve become a viral sensation on the website Gizmodo. “I’m absolutely addicted”, says Brian Kahn on the site. “There’s something soothing about the dull thud of explosions followed by a cloud of dust as fossil-fuel infrastructure comes tumbling down.”
Why did the usually left-leaning Independent suddenly swing behind David Cameron’s Tories two days before the 2015 election? The answer, one “senior political source” tells The Mail on Sunday, was that its then editor, Amol Rajan, wanted Cameron to attend the 35th birthday party of the newspaper’s owner, Russian businessman Evgeny Lebedev. Rajan is now embroiled in another controversy – the royal family is threatening to boycott the BBC over his new documentary, The Princes and the Press.
Researchers at Harvard have invented a “living ink” that can be used in 3D printers. They used E. coli bacteria to create fibres that self-replicate, meaning they effectively grow when left to their own devices. One potential application is to print buildings that would not just expand but “heal” themselves if damaged – a possible approach to building homes on Mars.
The WHO has been using Greek letters in alphabetical order to refer to Covid variants (including several you probably haven’t heard about). But in naming the omicron variant, the medical wonks skipped “nu” and “xi”, says The Wall Street Journal. “Nu” sounded too much like new and “xi” risked winding up the Chinese president.
“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously – and have somebody find out.”
Billionaire pop star Rihanna is flogging “open bottom” pyjamas on her lingerie website, Savage x Fenty. The tartan trousers, which are only available in the US, cost $50; a matching top is available too. Judging by the comments on Twitter, they’re not going to sell out any time soon. “No offence to Rihanna, who has never once missed before,” wrote one fan. “But this is insane.”
It’s the footpath at the Mopan Mountain Forest Park in Nanchang, China. The £24m “AI park” tracks citizens as they wander about, says local news website INF, sending data about their steps, speed and distance covered to their mobile phones – and keeping plenty for the state. Still, it looks fun.