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William Walker (1824-1860) was an American adventurer, filibuster and soldier who became President of Nicaragua in 1856-1857. He tried to gain control over most of Central America, but failed. He was executed by firing squad in 1860 in Honduras.

Early Life

Born into a distinguished family in Nashville, Tennessee, young William was a child genius. He graduated from the University of Nashville at the top of his class at the age of fourteen.

By the time he was 25, he had a degree in medicine and another in law, and was legally allowed to practice both as a doctor and a lawyer. He also worked as a publisher and journalist. William was very restless, taking a long trip to Europe and living in Pennsylvania, New Orleans and San Francisco in his early years. Although he stood only 5'2," Walker had a commanding presence and charisma to spare.

The Filibusters

In 1850, Venezuelan-born Narciso López led a group of mostly American mercenaries in an assault on Cuba: the goal was to take over th…

Genome sequencing of Australia's most popular mango unlocks path to better fruit

ABC Rural By Matt Brann

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PHOTO: The 11th International Mango Symposium is being held in Darwin this week. (Matt Brann)

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of Australia's most popular mango, the Kensington Pride, unlocking the path to mango traits most desired by consumers and growers.

Speaking to ABC Rural at the International Mango Symposium in Darwin this week, Dr Ian Bally from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, said finding out what  "made mangoes tick"  was an important step for the mango industry.

"The sequencing has been completed and now the task is to start interpreting that and start finding useful genes within that long sequence that we can iden…