This dates to when I was in college. Gathering around the newspaper over a cup of tea was a family tradition. One day there was a newspaper article about how scientists were catching hold of male Anopheles mosquitos and castrating them, as a means to control malaria.
An uncle listened patiently while another read out the report. And at the end of it, he went: Can’t you control malaria better by simply killing the mosquito you caught, instead of taking all this trouble — plus, dead mosquitos don’t bite, but castrated ones do?
A research vessel carrying a team of about 30 researchers, technicians and crew members embarked on Sunday on a three-week voyage from the , based at the University of California at San Diego.
The expedition will study how much debris — mostly tiny plastic fragments — is collecting in an expanse of sea known as the North Pacific Ocean Gyre, how that material is distributed and how it affects marine life.
Nice. But couldn’t they have found space on that ship for a couple of guys from say the Bombay Municipal Corporation [on second thoughts, source personnel from some more professional outfit] to get rid of the damn garbage?