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Snow machines and fleece blankets: inside the ski industrys battle with climate change

The long read: Hundreds of ski resorts now stand abandoned across the Alps. But some scientists believe they have found a way to keep snow on the ground and that it could help vulnerable communities all over the world When the French entrepreneur Jacques Mouflier visited the remote Alpine village of Val dIsre in 1935, he saw the future before him. A miracle is going to happen, Mouflier told his young son, as he gestured towards the mountains encircling the village. Ski champions from every country will come to compete…

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Snorkelling grandmothers uncover large population of venomous sea snakes in Noumea

Womens photography of greater sea snake, once believed to be an anomaly in the Baie des Citrons, help scientists understand the ecosystem A group of snorkelling grandmothers who swim up to 3km five days a week have uncovered a large population of venomous sea snakes in a bay in Noumea where scientists once believed they were rare. Dr Claire Goiran from the University of New Caledonia and Professor Rick Shine from Australias Macquarie University were studying a small harmless species known as the turtleheaded sea snake located in the Baie…

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A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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Carlo Rovelli: Time travel is just what we do every day

The theoretical physicist and bestselling author answers questions from famous devotees and Observer readers Theoretical physicists and mathematicians are fond of describing their assumptions and equations as beautiful but very few novelists are able to bring this elegance to life for the general public. The Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli has proved himself to be one of those rare figures. His first endeavor at writing a book for a mainstream audience, Ian McEwan Novelist Can you imagine a future in which relativity and quantum mechanics could be so well and generally…

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