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Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Yes! We have no bananas: Why the song may come true again

Science
A wild banana that may hold the key to protecting the world's edible banana crop has been put on the extinction list.It is found only in Madagascar, where there are just five mature trees left in the wild.Scientists say the plant needs to be conserved, as it may hold the secret to keeping bananas safe for the future.Most bananas consumed around the world are of a type known as the Cavendish, which is vulnerable to a plant pest.The race is on to develop new banana varieties that are both tasty to eat and resilient enough to survive attack from Panama disease.The Madagascan banana has evolved in isolation on an island cut off from the mainland, and may have special properties. ...
Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Sports
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Women's tennis player Coco Vandeweghe received a code violation at the Australian Open because she refused to restart play, due to not having bananas.The No. 9 ranked player in the world lost her round of 128 match 7-6, 6-2 to Hungarian Timea Babos Sunday at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.After falling in the first set, Vandeweghe took a seat in her chair. She then had a conversation with chair umpire Fergus Murphy about why she wasn't ready to play."I'm waiting for the banana. How are they not on court? It's not my fault," she said, according to a video shot by the New York Times.The umpire then asked her to resume play."But why do I have to play under a different set of rules? But I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared."Vandeweghe also called the...