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Priced out by tourists: the Airbnb effect in Lisbon's historic centre

Alfama, one of the oldest and most picturesque areas of Lisbon, is becoming a victim of its own charm. Short-term lets to tourists are driving up rents and driving out old residents.


Specialist sees Pokémon Go as means of tackling type 2 diabetes

A specialist diabetes researcher sees Pokémon Go -- the virtual character-hunting game with millions of players worldwide -- as an excellent means of tackling rising levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes.


Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

For nearly a century Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok's Chinatown, one of the city's few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos.


Tide turns against Liberia's biggest slum

The fishermen, hustlers and market traders of West Point have survived two civil wars and an Ebola epidemic, but this resilient Liberian slum cannot hold back the ocean that is slowly swallowing it.


Solar plane completes historic round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse 2 landed Tuesday in the UAE, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy.


Turin wants to become Italy's most vegetarian city

The new mayor of Turin, Italy wants to make her city a more vegetarian and vegan-friendly city, citing health and environmental reasons for local citizens.


Laos drafts bookish students to protect summit ministers

It is a secretive communist state with a sprawling security apparatus, but Laos has turned to a less menacing demographic to protect visiting dignitaries this week: bookish students.


Pokémon Go moves into uncharted app territory as it arrives in Asia and France

Three weeks after its US debut, Pokémon Go has finally landed officially in Japan, Hong Kong and France and even though Pikachu fans around the world have ben playing the game via nefarious means since the beginning of the month, it's still managing to set new records, create new and often alarming trends and bring people together.


Ghost orchid scientists aim to restore rare Florida flowers

Armed with an orange staple gun and dozens of burlap squares entwined with ratty green roots, Mike Kane wades hip-deep into the swamp to restore what generations of thieves have stolen.


Maximum amount of time you can sit before harming your heart

A new large-scale study has revealed what researchers believe to be the maximum time an individual can sit each day before sedentary time starts to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack.


 

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