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How Soil Microbes Fight Climate Change

Around the globe, 2016 has been a dusty year. Just this month, massive dust storms enveloped Guazhou County in China, engulfing five-story buildings. …

EU referendum – when to buy your holiday money

It is not only a Brexit vote which would mean far fewer euros or dollars for your holiday currency<p>For some it is the sound of the first cuckoo. For others it is the chock of leather on willow. But for those who write about the economy the first sign of spring is when colleagues start asking for …

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Scientists Finally Know What Stopped Mongol Hordes From Conquering Europe

It's written in the tree rings.<p>In 1206, Genghis Khan, a fierce tribal chieftain from northern Mongolia, began to take over the world. The khan’s …

'Lonely' elephant who sparked petition over poor living conditions dies in Japanese zoo, aged 69

A “lonely” elephant who had been the subject of a campaign to save her from isolation has died in a small zoo in Japan aged 69.<p>Hanako was a gift from …

Colombian rebels release three captured journalists

BOGOTA, May 28 (UPI) -- The National Liberation Army rebel group has released three captured journalists just days after Colombian President Juan …

10 of the best community-run cottages, hostels and guesthouses in the UK

Get into the heart and soul of Britain at these places to stay – from a lighthouse to a bunkhouse – run by local groups and charities<p>• <b>10 of the best community-run pubs, restaurants and museums</b><p>This trio of self-catering cottages are on Scotland’s southernmost point. Set just below a lighthouse (they …

Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’

Italian economists find access to books can materially affect earnings compared with those who grew up with few or none<p>“A room without books is like a body without a soul,” observed the Roman philosopher, Cicero. It can also be a sign of financial hardship to come.<p>New research has uncovered a …

Eco Cruising with Dolphins

An amazing alternative holiday experience in Greece is taking an eco cruise. Eco cruising is for anyone who wants to experience the sun, sea, nature …

India's alcohol problem: state plays politics with its biggest source of revenue

A couple of mornings a week, 25-year-old Babu Girish can be found in one of Hosur’s local grog shops. He’s partial to a mid-morning breakfast of …

Donald Trump hasn't broken journalism. It was broken when he got there.

Trump has defeated the interview by ignoring the impersonal social control it thrusts upon its subjects. Adopting a policy of maximum …

The Benefits of Writing by Hand Versus Typing

The debate over hand writing important notes versus typing them is one we’ve hit on before, but this graphic lays out all of the data clearly, and …

The Observer/Burgess prize for arts journalism 2017 – call for entries

The prestigious award will mark the centenary next year of the literary maverick who wrote 400 pieces for the Observer<p>The <i>Observer</i> has published the work of several important writers, including George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Muriel Spark, Kenneth Tynan, Clive James, and Julian Barnes. But few were …

Laos: A beauty spot to rival our own

<b>Pure water, bears and elephants make the waterfalls of Laos well worth the trek, writes Yvonne van Dongen.</b><p>Over the years I have learned to be …

Justin Timberlake: Can't Stop the Feeling singer loves fan videos

Justin Timberlake’s infectious new earworm “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” has already burrowed itself deep into pop culture.<p>Given its debut at No. 1, fans …

Beauty and the Beast Screenwriter Reflects on Fighting For Belle’s Independence

This year, <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> will celebrate its 25th anniversary–and there’s no doubt that the story still rings true for a lot of fans. (This week …

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