A battlefield break to cheer Ukraine’s soccer team in Euro 2024
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They had won one battle and then sat to watch a battle of a different kind. Eight Ukrainian national guard soldiers who had helped stall a Russian offensive in the northern Kharkiv region of Ukraine took the afternoon off Monday to watch the men’s national soccer team play its first game of the European Championship.


Three days in space were enough to change four astronauts’ bodies and minds
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Space changes you, even during short trips off the planet. Four people who spent three days off Earth in September 2021 experienced physical and mental changes that included modest declines in cognitive tests, stressed immune systems and genetic changes within their cells, scientists report in a package of papers published Tuesday in the journal Nature and several other related journals.

Shrink the economy, save the world?
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A rising tide and a bigger pie: Economic growth has long been considered such an obvious boon that it’s pursued by governments across the world as a matter of course.


D-Day at 80
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They were ordinary. The young men from afar who clambered ashore on June 6, 1944, into a hail of Nazi gunfire from the Normandy bluffs did not think of themselves as heroes.

New report underscores the seriousness of Long Covid
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One of the nation’s premier medical advisory organizations has weighed in on long Covid with a 265-page report that recognizes the seriousness and persistence of the condition for millions of Americans.

Why are wineries around the world seeking this certification?
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Grape growers and wine producers have long sought certifications testifying to their sustainable farming methods or their commitment to protecting the environment. Far less attention has been paid over the years to how wineries treated the people who are doing the actual farming and production work.



Scientists find the largest known genome inside a small plant
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Last year, Jaume Pellicer led a team of fellow scientists into a forest on Grande Terre, an island east of Australia. They were in search of a fern called Tmesipteris oblanceolata. Standing just a few inches tall, it was not easy to find on the forest floor.

Greece goes green, but bets on US gas for the neighbors
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When a withering financial crisis forced Greece to rethink its economy a decade ago, it bet big on green power​. Since then, Greece’s energy transition has been so swift “it almost feels utopian​,”​ one Greek environmentalist said.


Is biodegradable plastic really a thing?
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On the face of it, biodegradable plastic is a miracle. It looks like plastic and works much like plastic. And it goes back to nature after you throw it away. But there’s a big catch: Just because your plastic fork, cup or dog-poop bag is marketed as biodegradable, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll break down in the environment.

The stench of climate change denial
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This may sound a bit weird, but when I think about my adolescent years, I sometimes associate them with the faint smell of sewage.


America’s monster: How US backed abuses of a war
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The convoy rumbled into the Taliban heartland, a white desert littered with stones. Over the loudspeakers at the local mosque, the Afghan police officers ordered everyone to gather: The commander was here.


They stopped trying to make sense of it all
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In the new Yorgos Lanthimos film “Kinds of Kindness,” a character played by Emma Stone recounts a dream in which she was the denizen of a bizarre world.

Some AI companies face a new accusation: ‘Openwashing’
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Openwashing: An accusation against some AI companies that they are using the “open source” label too loosely. There’s a big debate in the tech world over whether artificial intelligence models should be “open source.”