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Debate of the Week:Will the protests succeed?

In THE NEWS: The people of China have been worn down by Covid-19 restrictions, censorship and economic woes. Now they want to take back control of their own lives. “We want to be citizens, not slaves.” That is the rallying cry of thousands of Chinese protesters who have taken to the streets in recent days. […]

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Five ways to practice gratitude this festive season.

For many people, the festive season can bring on the blues. Science shows that, while it’s no fix-all, nurturing gratitude can help by shifting our attention to what’s positive. For some it’s instinct, others have to practise it, but giving thanks is good for our bodies, minds and our relationships. Scientists at the University of […]

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Debate of the Week: Do mushrooms rule the world?

IN THE NEWS: The largest living organism on our planet lives under a forest in Oregon. It glows eerily in the dark, and scientists believe it’s about 2,500 years old. A huge organism is growing beneath your feet. Every second, it tangles further into the soil, building an extraordinary invisible web. Fungi are all around […]

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Debate of the Week: Do we all have superpowers?

IN THE NEWS: A Scottish woman who can smell Parkinson’s has inspired experts to create a new test for the disease. Now, scientists are looking for others with amazing secret talents. The mystery was finally solved. Les and Joy Milne had come to their first Parkinson’s disease support-group meeting. “I walked into the room,” says […]

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Debate of the Week: Is it right to turn bugs into food?

Companies aiming to sell them as snacks are rapidly expanding, and claim they could end global food shortages while protecting the environment. Imagine it’s the year 2031. Ella could not believe her luck. She was celebrating her birthday at 2031’s Restaurant of the Year. There was carpaccio of caterpillar, bluebottle paté, woodlouse tempura. What should […]

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India’s Top Fruit Picking Destinations For the Perfect Family Vacation

India’s Top 10 Fruit Picking Destinations For the Perfect Family Vacation From the fresh kinnows of Punjab to the delectable strawberries of Meghalaya, the juicy lychees of Bihar, and the sweet mangoes of Ratnagiri, here are 10 of our favourite fruit picking destinations in India: 1. Chikoos and mangoes in Maharashtra The coastal towns of […]

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Droughts cause problems around the world

This summer has brought extreme heat and droughts to places around the world. The droughts are leading to serious problems, including shortages of food and energy, problems with transportation, and price increases. The effects of the droughts are likely to be felt for years. From Africa to Europe to the US to China, record temperatures […]

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Debate of the Week: Is sleep the key to health?

THE NEWS: A revolutionary new book on natural bodily rhythms reveals how the way we sleep affects our weight, our relationships and our decision-making. Tina woke up at 2am. She checked her phone for messages, then went to the kitchen and ate a large bowl of cereal. Back in bed, she picked up her tablet […]

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TOO SOON TO TREAT COVID 19 LIKE FLU WARNS WHO

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is on track to infect more than half of Europeans, but it should not yet be seen as a flu-like endemic illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. It comes after Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi suggested the UK could be one of the first countries to “transition” from […]

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Explained: Does Omicron pose higher risks for infants than other variants?

Data from an area in South Africa hard-hit by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has shown a high number of hospital admissions of infants under 2 years old, raising concerns that the variant may pose risks to young children. South African scientists have said they cannot yet confirm a link between Omicron and the […]