Coral reef dies as climate change devastates pristine tropical island

The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an underwater mountain chain. It’s a paradise. At least it was before the heat wave. ALSO READ: South Africa’s rarest: One coin worth millions of rands When I first explored the Chagos Archipelago 15 years ago, the underwater view was incredible. Schools of brilliantly colored fish in blues, yellows and oranges darted among the corals of…

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Are humans getting smarter or dumber with tech advancements?

From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed – which is why it would be easy to assume that with each generation, humans are getting smarter. But is this the case? It’s a question many scientists have pondered, particularly so given that throughout the 20th century the average score on IQ tests around the world increased significantly – especially in the west. This increase was around three IQ points per decade – meaning we are technically living with more geniuses on…

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Simple butternut soup recipe

Ingredients 11⁄2 kg butternut2 large brown onions, finely chopped3 garlic cloves500ml chicken stock1 teaspoon lemon juice250ml water3 small strong green chilies or 1 large jalapeno1 TBS melted butter250ml fresh creamsaltblack pepper Method Cut butternut pieces into small square chunks. Chop onions and grate garlic finely. If you enjoy a bit of heat, chop up a jalapeno pepper or green chillies finely. On a medium heat, fry the onion, garlic and chillies in butter. Once the onions are translucent add the butternut and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, chicken stock, some black pepper and salt and cover the pot. Let it simmer for an…

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