The Daily Populous

Saturday June 27th, 2020 day edition

image for CSIRO scientists discover how to grow coloured cotton, removing need for harmful chemical dyes

They hope it will remove the need for chemical dyes, which can be harmful to the environment.

Scientists also aim to create a stretchy, wrinkle-free cotton to replace synthetic fabrics.

They contain plant tissue, which within days will grow into cotton plants: not standard, everyday white cotton, but ones with a dazzling array of colours.

Colleen MacMillan leads the team of scientists who have cracked cotton's molecular colour code, adding genes to make the plants produce a colour.

"We've seen some really beautiful bright yellows, sort of golden-orangey colours, through to some really deep purple," fellow scientist Filomena Pettolino said.

Another positive sign is that coloured cotton genes, inserted into green tobacco plants, have shown up as coloured splotches on the leaves.

If the leaves of the biotech (genetically modified) cotton are coloured, the all-important fibre will be as well. »

Lawmakers in Canada and Scotland have pointed to the US as an example of failed coronavirus containment

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Several foreign lawmakers have taken jabs at the United States' failed coronavirus containment efforts.

Several foreign lawmakers have pointed to the United States as a failed example of what coronavirus containment is supposed to look like.

In Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is wary of reopening the US-Canada border on July 21 due to the rising cases in multiple US states. »

Scott Pilgrim cast reunites for 10th anniversary script read-through for charity

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Participants included Michael Cera , Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Mark Webber, Alison Pill, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman.

The cast were joined by writer-director Edgar Wright , his co-writer Michael Bacall, and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the author-artist responsible for the original Scott Pilgrim graphic novels.

You see that movie and you think, Oh God, this speaks to me; this is what I’ve been looking for!" »

Starbucks barista gets $43K in tips after mask encounter with San Diego "Karen"

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The San Diego resident on Monday posted a photo of Starbucks employee Lenin Gutierrez on Facebook, saying the young barista "refused to serve me cause I'm not wearing a mask.

The donation page entitled "Tips for Lenin Standing Up To A San Diego Karen" had raised more than $43,000 for Gutierrez as of Friday afternoon.

It just goes to show you there are a lot of good people out there and that outweighs the bad," Cowan told a San Diego news outlet. »