The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

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Hordes of brain-munching undead terrorising neighbourhoods make for fun television and movies, but zombies could never be real … or could they? There are in fact a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts’ behavior — and increasing evidence that humans are […]

Energy companies turn to animal poo for clean power

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In the search for clean electricity, power companies in Finland are going green by way of brown, and have set their sights on a previously untapped energy source: animal dung. During this month’s FEI World Cup showjumping qualifier at Helsinki International Horse Show, 100 tonnes of manure was loaded up […]

Rare Bangladesh crocodile lays eggs in new hope for species

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A rare river-dwelling crocodile has started to lay eggs after being paired with an introduced male, Bangladesh conservationists said Sunday, raising hopes a successful hatching could save the critically endangered species from extinction. The South Asian nation, with its vast network of rivers, was once a key habitat for the […]

Democratic voters suffering under Trump

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Some broke with pro-Trump friends and family. Many quit social media and now refrain from talking about politics. Others say they had old emotional wounds reopened by his presidency. The anger felt in Democratic strongholds like New York towards Donald Trump since he was elected three years ago has been […]

Kenyans say British colonisers stole land for tea

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Kibore Cheruiyot Ngasura was just a small boy when his family was violently expelled from their ancestral land in Kenya’s lush tea-growing western highlands by British colonisers. Eighty-five years later he still bristles at the memory, recalling the fear and confusion as his community was marched to a distant, unfamiliar […]

Froome survives first race since crash

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SAITAMA (Japan): Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome successfully completed his first competitive ride since his horror crash in June on Sunday before hot-tailing his way across Tokyo to watch the Rugby World Cup semi-final. The 34-year-old took part in a team time trial run round a single lap […]

Tanak seals first World Rally title in Catalonia

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PARIS: Ott Tanak sealed his first World Rally title when he finished second to Thierry Neuville in the rally of Catalonia on Sunday. With one race to come in Australia, from 14 to 17 November, and a maximum of 30 points to be won, Tanak can no longer be caught […]

Cannavaro on the brink at Guangzhou

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SHANGHAI: Fabio Cannavaro’s two-year reign as Guangzhou Evergrande coach appears to be all but over after captain Zheng Zhi took temporary charge of the Chinese Super League leaders yesterday. The club made the announcement following a 2-2 home draw on Sunday against mid-table Henan Jianye, cutting Guangzhou’s lead at the […]

Manchester City look to Spurs

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LONDON: Manchester City have the chance to exert some short-term pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as Manchester United look to end their away day blues. Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their long winning streak ended by a hungry United in a draw at Old Trafford last week but […]

Atletico Madrid hope Simeone has answers

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MADRID: Atletico may need time to adjust after a summer of change but even this early in the season old problems are casting doubts over their Spanish title challenge.  After 77 attritional minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday, Alvaro Morata darted to the near post and headed in Renan Lodi’s […]

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