From rubbish to rice: the cafe that gives food in exchange for plastic

The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country’s plastic waste problem – and their novel idea is catching onOn bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav’s main meal used to …

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A tale of two metros: how the London tube beat the New York subway

One recently won metro of the year; the other declared a state of emergency. How did two such similar transit systems end up on such different tracks? On the evening of 19 November 1987, a lit match fell between the cracks of an old wooden escalator in…

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Like Piccadilly Circus, but spherical: is east London ready for the MSG Sphere?

The possibility of 24-hour flickering advertising displayed on a giant globe the size of the London Eye has some Stratford residents worriedBetween the Olympic stadium, the London Aquatics Centre, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit squiggle – not to mention W…

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‘It’s not fair’: why Havana’s taxi drivers massively outearn doctors – video

Cuba’s strange dual system means that public sector workers and those in private enterprise are paid in different currencies. Laura, a GP, earns Cuban pesos, whereas Rogelio, who was a doctor, now makes more in an hour as a taxi driver than he used to …

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