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How flowering plants conquered the world

How flowering plants conquered the world

Science
Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth. Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops.In the distant past, they outpaced plants such as conifers and ferns, which predate them, but how they did this has has been a mystery.New research suggests it is down to genome size - and small is better."It really comes down to a question of cell size and how you can build a small cell and still retain all the attributes that are necessary for life," says Kevin Simonin from San Francisco State University in California, US.'Abominable mystery'Hundreds of millions of years ago, the Earth was dominated by ferns and conifers. Then, ab...
'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

'Offensive,' 'shocking,' 'shameful': World leaders blast Trump's 's—hole' remarks

World
World condemnation came quickly today after President Donald Trump's remarks calling Haiti and other African countries "s---hole countries" Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, characterized the remarks as "racist." "This isn't just a story about vulgar language, it's about opening the door to humanity's worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia," he told reporters at a briefing in Geneva Friday. "If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the United States." In an Oval Office meeting at the White House Thursday, Trump grew frustrated at a proposed bipartisan immigration plan that would scale back the visa lottery program, but not eliminate it, asking those in the...
Trump target of petition to block his attendance at World Economic Forum

Trump target of petition to block his attendance at World Economic Forum

World
A Swiss group has started a petition to oppose President Donald Trump’s visit to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month. Campax, described on its website as a “progressive” nongovernmental organization based in Zurich, launched the mostly symbolic campaign after the White House announced Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to attend the elite gathering in 18 years. The campaigners also highlighted their disgust with the U.S. administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and took issue with many of the White House's priorities. "U.S. President Donald Trump is on outstanding phrases with racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, misogyny, bellicosity, local climate modify denial, human legal rights ab
Global growth back at pre-crisis levels, says World Bank

Global growth back at pre-crisis levels, says World Bank

Business
The World Bank says global economic growth is likely to speed up this year, after a stronger than expected 2017.The bank's new forecast is that the world economy will expand by 3.1% this year before slowing slightly.It will be the first time since the financial crisis that growth is operating at its full potential.However, the report warns the upswing will be short term, with gains in improving living standards and reducing poverty levels at risk long term.For the immediate future, the bank sees a reasonably upbeat prospect.The bank's president Jim Yong Kim said: "The broad-based recovery in global growth is encouraging". The forecast is better than what the bank was expecting in its previous assessment last June.Among the large economies, the up-rating is especially marked for the eurozon...