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Readers reply: why are Brown, White or Black common surnames but not Red, Blue or Purple?

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In English-speaking cultures, why are Green, Brown, White, Black or Grey the only common surnames that are colours? I have never met or heard of anyone with a surname such as Red, Purple or Blue. Is this the case in o...

Why are Brown, White or Black common surnames but not Red, Blue or Purple?

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In English-speaking cultures, why are Green, Brown, White, Black or Grey the only common surnames that are colours? I have never met or heard of anyone with a surname such as Red, Purple or Blue. Is this the case in o...

Simple DNA test could detect common neurological disorders, study says

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A simple test could end years of uncertainty for people with relatively common neurological conditions, new research has found. Historically, obtaining a definitive diagnosis for conditions including Huntingdon’s dise...

Use your common sense: self-isolating is still essential if you have Covid

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The prime minister’s pledge to scrap legally enforced isolation for people in England with Covid-19 flies in the face of basic infectious disease management, which tells us to avoid infecting other people when you are...

Here’s how to demolish the most common excuses for climate crisis apathy

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Climate change is terrifying, so why don’t we do more to stop it? Read any headline on the climate crisis, and it seems unbelievable that we’re not all chaining ourselves to the headquarters of oil and gas companies, ...

Covid-19 booster vaccines: experts answer common concerns for people worried about getting their latest jab

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The latest Covid-19 vaccination figures show that almost 37 million people in the UK have received their booster jabs, with approximately 52 million people having had their first vaccination and about 48 million their...

Common myths about what UK Highway Code changes will mean

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There is, we are told in the Daily Mail, “fury” over changes to the Highway Code. There is “confusion” among road users. Cyclists and pedestrians will, the more breathless news coverage intimates, have carte blanche t...

Misogyny towards women’s sport common among male football fans, study finds

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Researchers have claimed that more than two-thirds of male football fans harbour hostile, sexist or misogynistic attitudes towards women’s sport. A study led by Durham University, based on a survey of almost 2,000 mal...

Will we ever cure the common cold? We ask the expert

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Famously, there is no cure for the common cold. But with the success of the Covid vaccine, could it finally be in grabbing – or, rather, jabbing – distance? I asked Prof Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the Univ...

Mothers of the Revolution review – emotional return to Greenham Common

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If ever there was a film guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye of sentimental Guardian readers of a certain age, it’s this one. Essentially, it’s a straight-up talking-heads-and-archive-footage documentary about the G...

Apple opposes EU plans to make common charger port for all devices

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The European Commission has set out plans for a common charger port for all mobile phones, tablets and headphones, in the face of resistance from US tech giant Apple. An 18-page directive released on Thursday said a c...

Guess what the three Democrats blocking lower medication prices have in common?

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The three conservative Democratic lawmakers threatening to kill their party’s drug pricing legislation have raked in roughly $1.6m of campaign cash from donors in the pharmaceutical and health products industries. One...

China’s Alibaba to invest billions by 2025 for ‘common prosperity’

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China’s Alibaba Group will invest 100bn yuan ($15.5bn) by 2025 in support of “common prosperity”, it said, becoming the latest corporate giant to pledge support for the initiative driven by the president, Xi Jinping. ...

‘A demonstration of female energy’: Greenham Common memories

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Forty years ago, 36 people, mainly women, walked from Wales to RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire to protest at the storing of US cruise missiles on British soil, and raise public awareness about the imminent threat the...

‘We owe them a huge amount’: march to honour Greenham Common women

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Forty years ago a small group of women, along with a few men and children in buggies in tow, left their homes in Wales to protest against the arrival of US nuclear warheads at RAF Greenham Common. The steps they took ...

Court upholds Texas law banning common abortion method

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A Texas law outlawing an abortion method commonly used to end second-trimester pregnancies has been upheld by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The 2017 law in question has never been enforced. It seeks to prohi...

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