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15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet

Human beings have replaced nature as the dominant force shaping Earth. We've cleared away forests, dammed up mighty rivers, paved vast roads, and transported thousands of species around the world. "To a large extent," two scientists wrote in 2015, "the future of the only place where life is known …

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The 10 Best Exercises For a Flat Belly

Sculpt your abs and blast away the belly flab that covers them with these moves<p>Thinkstock<p>A flat belly is a badge of honor. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat.<p>And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso makes you stronger and less prone to injury.<p>That’s because …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

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Boycotting Bali over the death sentence

<b>The beautiful tourist island of Bali is at the centre of a social media confrontation between Australians - who want their nationals to be taken off death row - and furious locals.</b><p>In Indonesia, those found guilty of drug trafficking face execution by a 12-man firing squad. Authorities in the …

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

People say we’re “rich in other ways,” but that doesn’t fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable<p>On the radio this morning I heard a story about the growing number of young people choosing to become farmers. The farmers in the story sounded a lot like me — in their late 20s to mid-30s, …

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