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The Vocabularist: When Is a Theory 'Just a Theory'?
Offbeat  (tags: Words, Vocabularist )

- 16 hours ago -
A Lancashire headmistress attracted fury with a tweet in which she said "evolution is not a fact; that's why it's called a theory".
Why Expat Americans Are Giving Up Their Passports
Offbeat  (tags: Expats, Passport, Tax Return, Business, USA )

- 16 hours ago -
How does it feel to give up your nationality, to renounce the country you were born in, potentially forfeiting the chance to ever return?
Zika Outbreak: What You Need to Know
Offbeat  (tags: global public, health emergency, Zika outbreak, WHO )

- 1 day ago -
The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. The infection is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.
The Beatles 'Add £82m a Year to Liverpool Economy'
Offbeat  (tags: Liverpool, Economy, Business, Beatles, England UK )

- 1 day ago -
The legacy of The Beatles adds nearly £82m to the Liverpool economy each year, new research has suggested.
How the UK and US Intelligence Relationship Grew
Offbeat  (tags: Special Relationship, Intelligence, UK, USA )

- 1 day ago -
Seventy-five years ago, a group of Americans came to Britain on a top secret wartime mission, Their destination was Bletchley park and their visit was the start of one of the most powerful intelligence relationships in history between GCHQ and the NSA.
Chicago Police Officer Sues Victim's Family Over Shooting
Offbeat  (tags: Legal Claim, Police, Shooting, emotional distress victim's family, USA )

- 1 day ago -
A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last December is suing his family for $10m (£6.9m), claiming emotional distress.
Stephen Hawking: 'Things Can Get Out of a Black Hole'
Offbeat  (tags: Reith lecture, Black Hole, Prof Stephen Hawking )

- 2 days ago -
An illustrated version of Prof Stephen Hawking's second Reith lecture, Black holes ain't as black as they are painted.
'Wrong Type of Trees' in Europe Increased Global Warming
Offbeat  (tags: Global Warming, Trees, Environment, Study )

- 2 days ago -
The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study. Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.
The Snipers Trained to Protect Rhinos
Offbeat  (tags: Protection, Animals, Poachers )

- 2 days ago -
In Kenya's Borana nature reserve, drastic new measures are being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from poachers who kill the animals for their horns, writes Chris Haslam.
US Election 2016: The Horror Story of a Republican Debate
Offbeat  (tags: Election 2016, Republican Debate, USA )

- 2 days ago -
The Republican presidential debate was a bit like the final act of a horror film. The monster had already eaten half the teens at the summer camp, and those left were wondering who was next to go.
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