John Sanford’s new suspenseful Lucas Davenport novel Field of Prey is superb. An amorous couple discovers a body in an abandoned cistern in Minnesota. It develops into a major investigation when the police began excavating and the body count increases. Someone has been using the cistern to dispose of bodies for at least 10 years. The investigation is headed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with Lucas Davenport and the County deputies assisting. They are looking for a serial killer who has been operating in small towns near the cistern. Pressure builds as the authorities search for clues that lead to a surprising conclusion. This is one of the best Davenport novels; witty and suspenseful. A gripping page-turner that draws you into the story.
Yuck! Wash Your Hands. New York University’s Dirty Money Project found 3,000 types of bacteria on a $1 bill.
In the first comprehensive study of the DNA on dollar bills, researchers at New York University’s Dirty Money Project found that currency is a medium of exchange for hundreds of different kinds of bacteria as bank notes pass from hand to hand.
By analyzing genetic material on $1 bills, the NYU researchers identified 3,000 types of bacteria in all—many times more than in previous studies that examined samples under a microscope. Even so, they could identify only about 20% of the non-human DNA they found because so many microorganisms haven’t yet been cataloged in genetic data banks.
Easily the most abundant species they found is one that causes acne. Others were linked to gastric ulcers, pneumonia, food poisoning and staph infections, the scientists said. Some carried genes responsible for antibiotic resistance.
“It was quite amazing to us,” said Jane Carlton, director of genome sequencing at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology where the university-funded work was performed. “We actually found that microbes grow on money.”
The fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls, that were kidnapped in April by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has turned even more nightmarish when the leader of Boko Haram announced plans to sell them.
“I abducted your girls,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in the 57-minute video.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been waging a bloody insurgency to establish sharia law in northern Nigeria.
“I have kidnapped a girl in an school with Western education and that bothers you. I say that Western education must end – it must end! The girls must leave and get married,” he said.
Shekau also threatened to sell the girls.
“By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” he said in the video, which starts off with Islamist fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant “Allahu akbar!” (“God is great”). France24