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Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

Image copyright David Jones Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a…

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Russia accused of net hack attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks across the globe State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint alert warning of…

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Fox host unmasked as Trump lawyer’s client

Image copyright Twitter/ Sean Hannity Image caption Sean Hannity (left) and Michael Cohen A Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, a court has heard. A judge ruled that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, must reveal the link to Sean Hannity. Hannity, a vocal Trump advocate who…

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer music prize

Image copyright Getty Images Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to collect the award. The 30-year-old Californian won the prize for his album Damn released in April 2017. Organisers said it offered “affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life”. It follows the…

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Joint Pulitzer prize for Weinstein exposé

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Harvey Weinstein fell from his position of power in Hollywood after a series of sexual harassment allegations The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports sparked the #MeToo movement, a broad pushback against sexual…

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Manhunt for woman who ‘killed lookalike’

Image copyright CBS Image caption Riess (left) allegedly befriended Hutchinson (right) before killing her and stealing her identity Florida police are looking for a woman suspected of killing her husband and a woman bearing a similar resemblance in order to steal her identity. Police say Ann Riess, 56 – who is now the target of…

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Starbucks boss: Arrests ‘reprehensible’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters converged on the Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested Starbucks’ CEO has apologised for the “reprehensible” arrest of two black men for trespassing while waiting for a friend at the cafe. In an interview on Monday, Kevin Johnson said the Philadelphia branch manager who called police…

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Seven inmates killed in US prison riot

Image copyright AFP Image caption The deadly riot broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina Seven prisoners have been killed and at least 17 others injured in a riot at a maximum security prison in the US state of South Carolina, officials say. Violence erupted at the prison facility on Sunday evening…