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Travel 365: Best of 2014

Citizen scientists’ photos capture the impact of climate change on southern Africa’s landscape

Old photos hold the secrets to the climate change gripping southern Africa, and could hint at what the future holds.<p>Scientists expect Africa to be hardest hit by climate change: its dependence on agriculture, hot temperatures, and poor infrastructure mean its citizens are likely to feel the …

Southern Africa

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

Humanity's Ancient Relative Is Much Younger Than Previously Thought

Fossils of Homo naledi — a small-brained ancient relative of the human species discovered in a South Africa cave system two years ago — have revealed …

Evolution

Oven-roasted tomatoes and goat’s cheese

The juicy tomatoes moisten the bread as you cut into them, similar to a bruschetta.<p>MAKES<p>2<p>INGREDIENTS<p>2 ripe plum tomatoes<br>• Olive oil, for drizzling<br>• 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves picked<br>• 50g semi-hard goat’s cheese<br>• 2 slices sourdough bread, toasted<br>• Fresh basil leaves, to garnish<p>METHOD<p>Preheat oven to 200C/gas …