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This sea snake looks like a banana and hunts like a Slinky

SEEING YELLOW  A newly discovered sea snake subspecies (top) is shorter — and a lot brighter — than its yellow-bellied brethren (bottom). BESSESEN With its bright hue, this snake was bound to stand out sooner or later. A newly discovered subspecies of sea snake, Hydrophis platurus xanthos, has a narrow geographic range and an unusual hunting trick. The canary-yellow reptile hunts at night in Golfo Dulce off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. With its body coiled up at the sea surface, the snake points its head under the water, mouth open. […]

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As Casino’s tour of Saturn draws to a close, a look back at postcards from the probe

NASA’s veteran spacecraft has revealed a lot about Saturn in its more than 20 years in space CASSINI’S CURTAIN CALL In 13 years of orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft has seen the passing of two seasons: northern winter to spring and spring to summer. In this March 2016 image, Saturn’s northern summer solstice is approaching. Take a bow, Cassini. It’s been a marathon performance: 20 years in space, more than 200 orbits around Saturn, and hundreds of thousands of images of the giant planet, its splashy rings and its many […]

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Superfoods: Healthy living gets a futuristic overhaul

Bhutanese Red Rice. It is all very exciting to relish fast food, snacks and cocktails until it’s time to switch and get serious about your health. In today’s fast-paced life, you constantly need to fuel yourself and treat your body with something nutritious. And that’s your cue to hit the superfoods bucket list. Superfoods are foodstuffs that include the right proportion of proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other ingredients that are important for a balanced-diet. Here are some superfoods that you need to try out soon. Bhutanese Red […]

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The health benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C and K, plus folic acid. Discover what else makes this veg so good for you and get inspired by our healthy recipe ideas. What is asparagus and when is it in season? Asparagus is a spear-like vegetable that is a member of the lily family. It’s typically in season in the UK from April until June, traditionally starting 23 April (St George’s Day) and ending on the summer solstice in June. The majority of asparagus is green in colour, but you can also […]

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North Korea nuclear test: Trump condemns ‘hostile’ move

Nuclear N Korea: What do we know? The US has joined condemnation of North Korea after it tested what it says is a more advanced nuclear weapon. Pyongyang said it had successfully trialled a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long-range missile. President Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea’s “words and actions” were “very hostile and dangerous”. North Korea has defied UN sanctions and international pressure to develop nuclear weapons and test missiles that could potentially reach the US. South Korea, Japan, China and Russia have all voiced […]

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Donald Trump urged not to scrap Daca policy for young immigrants 

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme provides temporary residency for children brought to the US illegally. It protects hundreds of thousands of so-called “Dreamers” from deportation and provides work and study permits. Mr Trump had previously said that he planned to “terminate” the programme. The White House has now said the president will announce his decision on Tuesday. Mr Ryan urged the president to allow Congress to “work” on the issue. He said that “conversations” had taken place “with the White House” and that Mr Trump also wanted […]

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