A simple online system that could end plastic pollution (BBC Future)

Poorer communities in the developing world bear the brunt of plastic pollution. Could a new digital payment system spark a clean-up revolution? It was once a shoreline buried by enough trash to render it invisible, warranting the unfortunate nickname “toilet bowl”. Now the Philippines' Manila Bay beach is unrecognisably clean compared with a few months …

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Europe’s baffling linguistic enigma (BBC Travel)

Though the Basque and Armenian languages share no superficial resemblances, they do share a baffling litany of words and grammatical elements. A few steps from the entrance to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, one of San Sebastian’s most visible landmarks with its sky-piercing gothic spire, lies a simple, two-faced earthen slab. In this corner …

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Why I just deleted FB, IG, Gmail and other apps from my smartphone

I have done something dramatic. Starting last Tuesday, I began deleting apps from my iPhone: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn -- all gone. Does this make me a Luddite? Some anachronistic fool? I do not think so. I can always access them on desktop, so why be constantly connected on the go? The logic …

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Shared words between Armenian and Basque, proposed by the late Vahan Sargsyan (In Armenian)

The late Basque and Armenian linguist Vahan Sargsyan complied a list of 600 shared words between the two languages in a 1998 publication conducted with experts from both languages. Unfortunately, Sargsyan passed away suddenly in 2011, leaving hundreds of more proposed shared words between Basque and Armenian unpublished. Below is the full list (in Armenian) …

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How to make sure the fish we eat is safe (BBC Future)

Plastics and chemicals pollute our oceans and contaminate seafood. Now, a new sea-to-plate data chain could track fish from ocean to local shops, clamping down on dishonest labelling. It has become a new, horrible norm. Our marine life is today being choked by a gathering minefield of plastic in our oceans, and the images make …

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