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Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Science
More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date.The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.The seeds will be used for food security research at a seed bank in Lebanon, which is recreating collections destroyed in Syria.The Millennium Seed Bank at Kew is the world's largest wild plant seed bank.Seeds from the resilient, wild cousins of modern food crops are being collected and stored in an international effort.The aim is to breed new crop varieties capable of withstanding threats such as climate change, drought, pests and diseases.''The real importance of these crop wild relatives is that in order to survive in the world the...
UK seeks future cyber-security stars

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

Technology
A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government.The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers.It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said a broad strategy would be needed to address the widening gap.Hacker clubsThe free Cyber Discovery programme aims to "encourage the best young minds into cyber-security", said Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in a statement.Young people interested will be asked to enrol via an online assessment and the best performers in that test will then be put through a "comprehensive curricul
Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceZimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country.President Robert Mugabe is said to be under house arrest but the whereabouts of his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, are unknown.South African ministers have been in the capital Harare meeting the army and political parties.The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc will hold emergency talks on Thursday. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.But the power struggle over who might succeed him, between Mrs Mugabe and her rival former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, has split the ruling Zanu-PF party in recent months.Last week, Mr Mu...
'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

Sports
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will speak to the country's football association about his future after failing to reach the World Cup.The Republic were trounced 5-1 by Denmark in the play-offs. In October, O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane agreed contract extensions to remain until the Euro 2020 campaign."I thought there was an agreement. I'll speak to [FAI chief] John Delaney - I've not spoken to him since we spoke about the new contract," said O'Neill.O'Neill and Keane were appointed in November 2013 after the departure of previous boss Giovanni Trapattoni.They guided the Republic to Euro 2016, losing to France in the last 16.Match report: Republic or Ireland 1-5 DenmarkRelive Denmark's victory over the Republic of IrelandWhich teams have qualified for the World Cup?What you ne...
Wenger predicts bright future for Arsenal match-winner Nketiah

Wenger predicts bright future for Arsenal match-winner Nketiah

Sports
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger predicted a bright future for teenager Edward Nketiah after his two goals helped the Gunners edge past Championship side Norwich City in extra time to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Substitute Nketiah, 18, scored twice after Norwich had taken the lead when James Maddison's pass released Josh Murphy, who dinked a shot past Gunners debutant goalkeeper Matt Macey.The Canaries, sixth in the second tier, had chances to make it 2-0, but Macey pushed away Nelson Oliveira's curled effort with Murphy and Mario Vrancic also missing chances.Those misses proved crucial as Nketiah grabbed a late equaliser from close range only 15 seconds after coming on to leave it level after 90 minutes.The England Under-19 international then headed in from Mohamed Elneny's corner for ...