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Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds

Sea ice also melting at fastest past in 1,500 years, US government scientists find ‘The Arctic is a very different place than it was even a decade ago’ – author … Continue reading

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UK to bring back beavers in first government flood reduction scheme of its kind

Beaver family will be released in the Forest of Dean to stop a village from flooding, with potential for further such schemes to follow  Beavers’ dam building slows peak water … Continue reading

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If Damian Green looked at porn at work, that’s not a police matter

Raiding an MP’s office – on the orders of a rival political party – in the hope of finding reputation-damaging material is worthy of a totalitarian regime  Deputy prime minister … Continue reading

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David Davis threatens to quit if Damian Green sacked unfairly

News that Brexit secretary believes cabinet colleague is victim of police vendetta follows fresh pornography claims  Damian Green (L) and David Davis during a meeting in the Cabinet Office. Photograph: … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas – yes, the Church just hijacked the old pagan festivals anyway. Let it RETURN to being a pagan festival

Father Desmond O’Donnell says the words Christmas and Easter have lost all sacred meaning  Desmond O’Donnell says unless Catholicism addresses what Christmas has come to mean, “secularisation and modern life … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?

Research suggests the vast ecosystem of organisms that lives in our digestive systems might be as complex and influential as our genes in everything from mental health to athleticism and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years  Frédéric Chopin, the Polish composer and pianist, died in Paris in 1849, … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Scurrilous manuscript that could have undone John Donne discovered

Ostensibly a library catalogue in Latin, poet’s early work is in fact a string of smutty jokes about contemporary figures in febrile years before the gunpowder plot  The keeper of … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gunpowder plots: how Guy Fawkes ignited an explosive literary legacy

Remember, remember … from Shakespeare to James Shapiro to the website that deals in political scandal, the name of Guy Fawkes is literary dynamite  Smouldering … Tom Cullen in the … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deutsche Bahn under fire for plan to name train after Anne Frank

Critics say use of diarist’s name by national rail provider conjures painful images of persecution of Jews in second world war  Deutsche Bahn planned to name its high-speed ICE train … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

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