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Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala A large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. Oh well, shrugs Vivian Suter. Theyre part of the work now. I dont think anyone will mind. I realise Bonzo one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home has just put the finishing touches to an artwork…

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Its Day of the Triffids for todays Britain, but with antidepressants as the monster

Controversial look at dependence on drugs in sci-fi film by Austrian director Jessica Hausner has divided critics An award-winning science-fiction thriller billed by critics as a modern Day of the Triffids takes a provocative approach to Britains growing dependence on mood-lifting chemicals and antidepressants. Little Joe, released in UK cinemas in February, and starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox, has odd, disturbing story of a newly bred plant designed to spread joy. On set in a vast greenhouse laboratory, the acclaimed Austrian director Jessica Hausner first told her…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Thank you to … the stranger who knew I needed to cry for my mother

In this series writers celebrate someone who changed their lives. Here Samantha Morton recalls the person who arrived out of nowhere to provide comfort in her grief Dear stranger, I often wonder if you were an angel. The feast of the assumption was upon me again. I was feeling frightened, lost, alone, raw; riddled with the unexpected sucker punch of grief. I was filming far away from home, from my friends and family and the things that grounded me, things that had always helped me cope in the past. At…

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Bill Cosby Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Birth name: William Henry Cosby Jr. Father: William Henry Sr., US Navy mess steward Mother: Anna (Hite) Cosby Marriage: Camille (Hanks) Cosby (January 25, 1964-present) Children: Evin, 1976; Ensa, 1973-2018; Ennis, 1969-1997; Erinn, 1966; Erika, 1965 Education: Attended Temple University, 1961-1962; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A, 1972; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ed.D, 1977 Military service: US Navy, 1956-1960 Other Facts More than 50 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past…

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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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Animal magic: how my pet saved me

From Wolfy the lurcher to Trixie the hamster, these affectionate animals helped five people get their lives back on track I put myself on peternity leave and we hung out: Kate Spicer, 49, journalist, and Wolfy the dog, 9, London There were a lot of things that were a bit awry about my life. The main problem was that I went out and didnt come home. Id go on these benders that were incredibly destructive to my wellbeing. And then when I was working, Id never leave the house. Id…

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Artificial womb: Dutch researchers given 2.9m to develop prototype

Model from Eindhoven University will surround baby with fluid and deliver oxygen and nutrients via umbilical cord Attempts to create an artificial womb for premature babies have been given a boost by the award of a 2.9m (2.6m) grant to develop a working prototype for use in clinics. The model, which is being developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, would provide babies with artificial respiration. However, unlike current incubators the artificial womb would be similar to biological conditions, with the baby surrounded by fluids and receiving oxygen…

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Malawi reinstates ban on plastic bags as campaigners hail ‘fantastic victory’

Judges overturn injunction won by plastic manufacturers after thin plastic bags were outlawed Malawis highest court has imposed a ban on plastic bags, a huge milestone for the government and environmental charities who beat off challenges from some of the countrys big manufacturers. The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags Tanzania, Rwanda are among the others. Sangwani Mwafulirwa, a spokesperson for the department of environmental affairs, said the government was very relieved the verdict had gone in its favour. We have for over two years struggling to have…

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Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months

Abigail Blake calls for better guidance for victims after mix-up over attackers sentence A woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being beaten by her ex-partner says she will go into hiding when he is released from prison after serving six months. Abigail Blake sustained a broken back and neck and was left permanently disabled after being attacked by Sebastian Swamy at their home in July 2017. The judge in the case said the attack had had a hugely serious and catastrophic effect on Blakes life. Swamy was initially…

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As a psychiatrist, if I had severe depression Id choose ECT | Mariam Alexander

Electroconvulsive therapy is one of the best treatments available, says NHS psychiatrist Mariam Alexander It might come as quite a surprise to learn that, as a psychiatrist, if I ever had the misfortune to develop severe depression, my treatment of choice would be electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Why? Well, to put it simply, ECT is the most rapid treatment for severe depression that we currently have to offer with a recent study in the BMJ One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, this is understandable. But things have moved on a great…

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E Jean Carroll says she received death threats after accusing Trump of rape

Exclusive: advice columnist says for the first time in her life she has bullets loaded into the handgun in her bedroom E Jean Carroll, the esteemed New York journalist who has alleged Donald Trump raped her in the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the 1990s, now sleeps with a loaded gun by her bed having received online death threats. In the course of a two-hour interview with the Guardian in her upstate New York cabin, the advice columnist described the fallout of her decision to go public last…

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The rise of Big Sperm: does the tech world have the answer to our semen crisis?

Sperm counts in western men are falling, and nobody is sure why. But relax because help is here, with everything from home-testing kits to sperm-freezing Lads, lads, lads, hate to interrupt, but hows your ejaculate? Would you struggle to fill half a teaspoon? And your concentration, please: are we talking 20m-plus little swimmers a millilitre? And hows that motility? Are your spermatozoa wagging their flagella as if they cant wait to get to that ovum or listlessly floating around like dead tadpoles in a poorly executed classroom experiment? Its not…

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Row as lesbian group asked to leave National Theatre bar

Women claim staff did not like the T-shirts we are wearing but NT says the action was a result of a series of disturbances The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter war of words after a group of lesbians was refused service in its Green Room bar in the run-up to Londons Pride celebrations. The women and their supporters claim their treatment at the hands of staff, who called the police, was a response to their campaigning stance in the gender-identity dispute. Other witnesses in the bar have…

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The invention of Essex: how a county became a caricature

The long read: From Loadsamoney and Basildon man to Towie and Brexit Essex has long been held up as both the authentic England and the crudest, stupidest symbol of Englishness As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s in Southend, a sprawling seaside town in south-east Essex, I noticed that people on TV often laughed at the very word Essex. Some years later, in 2016, my wife, Hayley, crossed the border into Albania from Montenegro while travelling with an old friend who, like us, grew up in the…

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