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New 'Mutant Enzymes' Could Solve Earth's Plastics Problem

Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that can break down plastic. But is it any better than recycling?<p>You might call it a happy accident: As environmentalists urge the world to address the plastic pollution crisis, a team of researchers has unwittingly engineered an enzyme that may, one day, …

Pollution

From Kendrick's Pulitzer to Beychella: how the mainstream woke up to black excellence

D<i>id she just say … Kendrick Lamar?</i> The satisfied little smile on Pulitzer prize administrator Dana Canedy’s face as she announced the final award of the afternoon confirmed what I thought I surely had misheard. In awarding the first Pulitzer for a hip-hop album and artist, the music jury, which …

Music

Do the limbo! How the Windrush brought a dance revolution to Britain

When the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948, the Trinidadian singer Lord Kitchener was among the 492 Caribbean passengers arriving to begin a new life in Britain. Journalists mobbing the Essex docks asked the jauntily debonair Kitch to sing for them and, barely missing a beat, he responded …

Dance

Shot by cops and forgotten

Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals<p>An exclusive analysis of data from the 50 largest local police departments in the United States shows that police shoot Americans more than twice as often as previously known.<p>Police shootings aren’t just …

Bad and boujee: the lifestyle that took over TV

When Donald Glover kicked off a great year for television at the Golden Globes this January, the soundtrack to his success was obvious: “I really want to thank the Migos,” he said as he accepted Atlanta’s award for best TV series – musical or comedy. “Not for being on the show, but for making Bad …

TV

Too scared to speak up? How to be more confident

Above the entrance to Manchester Grammar School lies a coat of arms and a Latin inscription: <i>“Sapere Aude”</i>. Ian Thorpe, then the school’s development officer, translated it for me – “Dare to Be Wise” – as we stood in the front quad on a warm day last July. First used by the Roman poet Horace in his …

Ben Carson

How the English influenced AC Milan, Juve, Corinthians, Real Madrid & Barcelona

<b>An old butchers' shop, located behind a busy bus stop and nestled between an off-licence and Thai restaurant in Nottingham now stands as a 'shrine' to the Englishman credited with founding AC Milan.</b><p>Random, I know.<p>Herbert Kilpin, born in 1870 at the back of his father's store at 191 Mansfield Road, …

Soccer

How real is the threat of returning IS fighters?

<b>Driven out of their de facto capital of Raqqa after three brutal years, IS fighters have lost much of the territory they once held. How real is the danger they will now travel to other countries to carry out attacks, asks Dr Lorenzo Vidino.</b><p>As the self-declared Islamic State steadily crumbles in …

Terrorism

Five charts about the fortunes of the Chinese family

<b>In the five years since President Xi Jinping moved to the helm, China has become richer and more powerful. But what has this growth meant for the fate and fortunes of the ordinary Chinese family?</b><p>As China's most powerful decision-makers meet to set the course of the nation for the next five years …

Harry Dean Stanton, cult American actor, dies aged 91

Harry Dean Stanton, the veteran American actor who ballasted generations of independent and cult films, has died aged 91. The subject of the late critic Roger Ebert’s “Stanton Walsh Rule” – “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad” – …

Harry Dean Stanton

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

Rainfall

Nokia 8 hands-on: A powerhouse phone with a gorgeous body - CNET

Read our full review of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the latest Nokia phone from HMD Global.<p>At last, there's a true Nokia flagship Android phone to get excited about.<p>It's called the Nokia 8 and unlike existing Nokia Androids -- the 3, 5 and 6 -- this one is a real powerhouse.<p>At its core is a top-end …

Phones

Brendan Cox: ‘I told Obama that Jo had admired him greatly’

20 June 2016<p>I felt strong enough to turn on my phone again and be able to talk to people. One of the friends I spoke to was Gordon Brown, my former boss at 10 Downing Street.<p>Gordon was kind and compassionate, and he said all the right things. Just as we were saying goodbye, he told me that Barack …

Barack Obama

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward's astonishing 12 months in pictures

Soccer

How an autistic child became world pinball champion

<b>Pinball champion Robert Gagno says having autism has made him a better player. But it's also true that playing pinball has helped him live with autism.</b><p>When Robert Gagno plays pinball at his local arcade a crowd usually gathers to watch. The Canadian, who lives near Vancouver in British Columbia, …

Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

<b>US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world's most threatening superbugs.</b><p>Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports.<p>It fights bacteria in three …

Google Home to the Amazon Echo: 'Anything you can do...'

At Google's developer conference, the search giant matched and surpassed all of the Echo's recent upgrades.<p>The battle between the Google Home and the Amazon Echo keeps getting better and better. Yesterday, a year after Google first announced the Home and the Google Assistant, the search giant might …

Smart Homes

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

<b>Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles are the "villains" of the recycling world, a trade body has said.</b><p>The Recycling Association named them in a list of products that pose the biggest challenges for reuse.<p>The greater the number of materials used in packaging, the harder it is for recycling …

Sustainability

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Sisterlocks struggle: Stylists want fewer restrictions to braid hair

<b>In college, Tameka Stigers wore her hair in thin locks that looked so attractive, parents at her church wanted her to fashion their young daughters' hair.</b><p>"They said, 'Can you do it like yours?'" Stigers recalled. She wore her hair in Sisterlocks, hundreds of tiny locks that allow women with coarse, …

'Healthiest hearts in the world' found

<b>The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers.</b><p>Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries - even well into old age - a study in the Lancet showed.<p>"It's an incredible population" with radically different diets and ways of …

Yahoo

U.S. Good Morning America<p>Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has withdrawn lawsuits against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS …

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

<b>Eating loads of fruit and vegetables - 10 portions a day - may give us longer lives, say researchers.</b><p>The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.<p>The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of …

Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'

<b>The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women whose maths skills helped put a US astronaut into orbit in the 1960s. But the history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further - and they were still struggling to get the best jobs in the 1970s.</b><p>In 1943, …

7 Earth-like planets could be best bet to find alien life

Astronomers call Trappist-1 the most incredible star system they've ever seen. A newly discovered set of exoplanets only 39 light-years away could be the perfect lab for finally proving we aren't alone.<p>A nearby, relatively dim little star nobody even noticed until about 20 years ago might be …

Astronomy

Amazon Reef: First images of new coral system

<b>The first pictures of a huge coral reef system discovered in the Amazon last year have been released by environmental campaigners.</b><p>The Amazon Reef is a 9,500 sq km (3,600 sq miles) system of corals, sponges and rhodoliths, Greenpeace says.<p>The reef is almost 1,000 km (620 miles) long, and is located …

Greenpeace

Iraqi refugee finds love with Macedonian border guard

<b>Bobi Dodevski wasn't supposed to be working on the rainy March day when he met his future wife. Mr Dodevski, a 35-year-old Macedonian border guard, had agreed to cover for a colleague.</b><p>Among the thousands of refugees hoping to cross the border that day was Noora Arkavazi, a young woman who had …

Time I

George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53

<b>Singer George Michael has died at his home at the age of 53.</b><p>The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, "passed away peacefully" on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said.<p>His manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of …