Bakery-inspired cosmetics company Beauty Bakerie has launched at Boots in the UK.The American business was founded by baker Cashmere Nicole (pictured right), who, while fighting breast cancer, became conscious of what was going on her body, as well as the things she was putting in it. As a result, she created Beauty Bakerie, a cosmetics brand that makes beauty products inspired by bakery.The products launched online at Boots last month and are also available at online beauty retailers Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic.Products available in the UK include Oat Flour Setting Powder (rsp £22.50) and Cake Pop Lippies (rsp £9.50) as well as a nine-pan Proof is in the Pudding eyeshadow palette (rsp £36.00) and Eyelash Icing (rsp £17.00).The launch follows a string of food-inspired beauty launches over the past year. In March Fiona Cairns launched a collection of luxury bath and beauty products for Waitrose, while Baylis & Harding unveiled a range of pamper products with fragrances including Frosted Sprinkles, Blueberry Glaze Donut and Vanilla Sugar Donut.
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to black flies, most people would prefer them destroyed. In the U.S., their bites cause pain and welts. In Africa, they can cause blindness. But to help find ways to control the tiny pests, University of Georgia scientists maintain the world’s only research colony.Often described as gnats, black flies are small, dark, stout flies about half the size of mosquitoes. Like gnats, they swarm around people’s faces and eyes. The big difference is that their bites hurt.Causes welts, blindness“We’re spoiled in the South as our species doesn’t usually bite,” said Elmer Gray, a medical and veterinary entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “In Canada and northern states like Maine and Massachusetts, they bite and leave a bloody welt.”In Africa, black flies carry a nematode that can move to the cornea of a bite victim and cause what is called river blindness. It affects 30 million people in Central and South Africa each year, Gray said. To fight the fly, a bio-control agent called Bti, or Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis, was developed. “It’s not a chemical pesticide,” he said, “so it doesn’t pollute streams or damage water quality.”Testing control formulationsBti is a strain of a soil-dwelling bacteriuim that occurs naturally. It is considered safe to people and wildlife. The World Health Organization has approved it for drinking water treatment in some countries, he said.With funding from Valent Biosciences, Gray and a team of 10 UGA students and technicians work every day, year-round to maintain the colony’s 2.7 million black flies. Keeping a healthy colony alive and thriving is an essential component of testing the Bti effectiveness in controlling the pest, he said.Housed, fed and harvestedThe researchers house the fly colony in Athens, Ga., in lobster tanks and modified salt water aquariums, a system developed at Cornell University to replicate a river habitat. The fly colony is fed soybean meal and rabbit chow. “Our flies are larger than the flies found naturally in streams because they’re fed well,” Gray said.Every Tuesday, the team harvests 18-day-old larvae to use to test Bti formulations. “Only 10 percent are used for research purposes,” he said, “but we have to keep a large population to ensure a healthy colony.”Knowing how much Bti to apply to black fly populations will enable groups like the WHO to control the flies instead of treating people for the problems they cause, he said.“Bti can be applied on a large scale using helicopters,” Gray said. “It typically costs about $25-27 a gallon in liquid form.”Just the right amountThe UGA researchers are also working on Bti quality. “The particles have to be the right size and must be stable and disperse in water to be effective,” Gray said. Flies from the UGA colony are being used by other UGA researchers and in research programs at Kansas State University, University of Alabama, Clemson University and Brock University in Canada. “We share samples with anyone we can help,” Gray said.
Chants of “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t breathe” have rang across Manhattan for three straight nights.Protests on Thursday featured the largest number of arrests as demonstrators shut down major roadways, including Broadway, Canal Street and the West Side Highway. Also on Friday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that he will impanel a grand jury to look into the fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley, who was shot and killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project on Nov. 20. “There is no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled or for its determination to be reached,” Thompson said in a statement. “I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job. That information is still being gathered.” Protesters also reportedly marched through Grand Central Terminal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Protesters for a third straight night took to the streets of New York City, chanting and staging so-called “die ins” at popular department stores and Grand Central Terminal as they demanded justice for the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Similar protests broke out in other cities across America, including Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. Demonstrators began taking to the streets Wednesday following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Garner’s chokehold death. There have reportedly been more than 300 arrests since the non-indictment protests began, though the demonstrations have been largely peaceful. On Friday, demonstrators staged a “die-in” at the Macy’s department store in Herald Square and the popular Apple store on 5th Avenue.