Ruani Fernando

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Italy Same-Sex Union Opponents Plan 'Family Day' Protest in Rome

ROME — Hundreds of thousands of Italians descended on the capital city Saturday to protest a bill that would legalize same-sex unions across the country.<p>Lawmakers will vote next week on the proposals, which would give gay couples with civil unions — and unmarried heterosexual couples — the same …

LGBTQI

Your Favorite Banana Is Facing Extinction As Deadly Fungus Spreads

One of the world’s most popular fruits may go extinct -- yet again.<p>Before 1960, your grandparents and great-grandparents were eating better bananas. Called Gros Michel, they were tastier, bigger and more resilient than the bananas found in supermarkets worldwide today.<p>“It has a more robust taste,” …

Forestry

20 non-toy holiday gift ideas for kids

Children everywhere have already begun to give serious thought to their holiday wish-list while parents everywhere have already begun to cringe with the realization that in just a few weeks more toys will be invading their home.<p>The good news is that not all gifts need to involve toys.<p>There are …

Holiday Gift Ideas

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

<b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them questions. So if you ask, “How was your day?” and you’re met with a grunt or a shrug, …

Time I

10 unique ways to gift wrap without wrapping paper

There's no need for paper when you have ingenious gift wrap already lying around your house.<p>There are a ton of ingenious ways to wrap your presents …

Librarians in uproar after borrowing record of Haruki Murakami is leaked

Books the celebrated Japanese author borrowed from a library in Kobe when he was a schoolboy have been revealed by a newspaper<p>Librarians in Japan have ditched their traditional regard for silence to accuse a newspaper of violating the privacy of Haruki Murakami, Japan’s best-known contemporary …

Literature

To smile or not to smile? The evolution of faces in photos over 100 years

With selfies full of grinning faces filling every corner of social media, it's hard to imagine we’ve ever favored any other expressions while posing for photos.<p>Now, a new study shows the evolution of smiles in yearbook pictures over the last 110 years, starting with a time when somber looks ruled …

UC Berkeley