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Battling to save the world's bananas

<b>Visiting the Matanuska banana plantation is not easy these days. After a two-hour drive from the nearest city in northern Mozambique, visitors who make it to the farm are stopped at the entrance and asked to dip their feet in pools of disinfectant. Even the cars get a bath.</b><p>Once an apparent miracle …

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How the ancient Welsh language helped shape English

<b>From arctic birds to nicknames, the influence of Wales on the English language has been underestimated, says a Celtic Studies expert.</b><p>Compilers of the new online version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) say penguin, Taffy and cariad are examples of Welsh words adopted by English.<p>Poet Dylan …

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins.<p>Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies …

Rock climber makes historic ropeless ascent of California's El Capitan

• Alex Honnold, 31, is first to free-solo Yosemite Valley cliff<br>• Honnold took 2,900ft-tall route ranked near highest difficulty<p>Alex Honnold has free-soloed El Capitan, completing a ropeless ascent of the legendary California cliff in just under four hours on Saturday morning, making the summit in time …

Olympic legacy ends in lethargy as sporting participation plummets

Three years after the London 2012 Games promised to “inspire a generation”, the new sports minister has promised an urgent review of sport policy in the wake of “very disappointing” participation figures that show that the number of people playing sport at least once a week has declined by 222,000 …

Is it time to ditch the Fitbit?

I have been pushing myself to hit 10,000 steps a day. But a new study shows I have probably been wasting my time<p>My friend taunted me yesterday. It was no perceived slight, or joke gone wrong. I got a notification on the Fitbit app on my phone: “Emily W taunted you.”<p>Emily has worn her Fitbit for a …

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Only a third of rail commuters think fares are value for money

Only one in three commuters believes their rail fare is value for money, according to the passenger watchdog’s national survey.<p>Transport Focus, whose national rail passenger survey asked 27,000 passengers to rate aspects of their journeys in the autumn, said that the value for money scores …

Towel wars over? Thomas Cook offers sunbed booking for £22

Customers will be able to choose their preferred spot from a map giving details of sun and shade<p>Is this the end of the battle for the sunbed? Thomas Cook is offering holidaymakers the chance to pre-book sun loungers, eliminating the need for the dawn dash to the pool to bag one with a towel.<p>For €25 …

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Suffragette cities: events to mark the centenary of voting rights for women

The 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 is to be marked on 6 February. It was legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later.<p>This was the first in a series of milestones …

A ban on internet slang? That's derp

Writers at Gawker have been warned by the website's new editor that 'amazeballs', 'lulz' and 'WTF' are off the menu. Massive fail, says Steven Poole<p>Breaking: new chief of slangy internet site doesn't want it to sound quite so much like a slangy internet site. Incoming Gawker editor Max Read has …

Smart cites: Sustainable solutions for urban living

Architecture and infrastructure in cities is designed without much flexibility. But 21st Century living is changing, people are creating buildings and systems that react and respond to our shifting needs.<p>The urban revolution of the Anthropocene is not just remarkable in its scale, but also in the …

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

<b>Exclusive:</b> Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments<p><b>Help us tell the stories that need to be told. Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution today</b><p>A million …

Lobster found with Pepsi logo 'tattoo' fuels fears over ocean litter

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.<p>Trapped in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, the lobster had been loaded on to a crate to have its claws banded …

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Saudi Arabia is a dynamic country with a high volume of trade with EU

RIYADH: Huda Othman Althabit is a Saudi pediatric dentist who graduated in 2013 from Riyadh Elm University Dentistry Hospital in Riyadh. She pursued …

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Topic: Internet usage in the United States

With nearly 290 million internet users as of 2016, the United States is one of largest online markets worldwide. About 76.2 percent of the U.S. …

Social Media

A Chance to Catch Vegan Tuna

Ahimi, a vegan product from Ocean Hugger Foods, mimics raw tuna using cooked Roma tomatoes flavored with umami-laden ingredients like soy sauce and sesame oil. Some Whole Foods stores in New York and Los Angeles are using it in vegan nigiri sushi and California rolls. Ocean Hugger nailed the color …

There Is No Longer Any Such Thing as a Typical Family

Pretty much everyone agrees that the era of the nuclear family, with a dad who went to work and the mom who stayed at home, has declined to the point …

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Marriage 'no longer the foundation stone of family life'

Marriage is no longer the foundation stone of family life in Britain, a major study of public opinion suggests.<p>The belief that couples should ideally get married before starting a family has effectively collapsed within a generation, the British Social Attitudes survey, the longest running and most …

Angry Birds and Mad Max embrace climate change message

Climate messages are finding their way into Hollywood blockbusters and addictive games. Is popular culture embracing the reality of climate change?<p>In any given 24-hour period, the average urban commuter is subjected to hundreds of corporate advertisements. By contrast, it’s easy to make it through …

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Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades<p>A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, …

50+ Simple Tips To Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

<b>What does it mean to live a more sustainable lifestyle?</b><p>This is a question Masha and I have been asking ourselves a lot lately. Over the past couple …

UAE 'annexes Oman territory' on new Louvre museum map

A new map published by the United Arab Emirates' Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum appears to have removed the border demarcation between UAE and the Omani enclave of Musandam, in addition to removing Qatar.<p>It is the second time in a week that a map by the museum created controversy by reshaping the …

UAE-backed group vows to 'overthrow' Yemen's government

A group of separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden and vowed to overthrow the country's internationally recognised government within the next week.<p>Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the leader of the Southern Transitional …

Middle East

Palestinians fight Facebook, YouTube censorship

<b>Ramallah, occupied West Bank</b> - Amid an ever-shrinking space for dissenting Palestinian voices, a new initiative sets out to recover some of the ground lost online.<p><b>Sada</b> Social, a group launched in September by three Palestinian journalists, aims to document "violations against Palestinian content" …

Arab-Israeli politicians to boycott Mike Pence's speech to Knesset

Plan to snub US vice-president in protest against Trump endorsing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital<p>The US vice-president, Mike Pence, is to address Israeli politicians on Monday with a speech that an alliance of Arab-Israeli politicians has promised to boycott in protest against Donald Trump’s …

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