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Does ditching coal come at too high a price?

The majority of scientists and politicians agree that one of the most urgent issues we face globally is that of climate change. They profess that putting an end to coal production by the first half of the 2030s is both essential and achievable, economically and technologically. The world needs to bring down greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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UK laptop ban: practical move or political ploy?

The UK has recently announced a new ban on certain electronic devices, including tablets, laptops and anything larger than a mobile phone from being carried in hand luggage. This ban applies to flights coming into Britain from a selection of Middle Eastern and North African countries, namely Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey. […]

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This Week in History: 11 March 1985, Gorbachev becomes leader of the USSR

Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 11 March 1985, making him the de facto leader of the USSR. On his ascension the Soviet Union appeared to be faltering, losing its grip as a superpower. The economy was in turmoil, Soviet forces were entangled in Afghanistan and, of […]

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Crowding the cosmos: space travel turns private

SpaceX’s Dragon was launched on 19 February to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Part of the event’s significance is that the launch site used was the same one that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon, having been leased to SpaceX by Nasa. This instance symbolises an increasing move towards the privatisation of space exploration; […]

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Youth sexual harrassment: is sex ed the answer?

Content warning: Rape, sexual violence Last year, the children’s charity Barnado’s requested an investigation into underage sexual harassment, leading figures to come forth revealing that police had recorded 9,290 allegations of child-on-child sexual offences in 2016 in England and Wales. This presents a rise of 78 per cent in the last four years and in […]

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This Week in History: ‘The Scream’ stolen 12 February, 1994

On the 12th of February 1994 millions celebrated the opening ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympics; it also marked the theft of a world-renowned masterpiece of priceless value. That night, two men broke into Oslo’s National Gallery and stole what is widely considered as the most famous of four versions of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. […]

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“Run out of rubbish”: Sweden’s revolutionary recycling

Sweden has recently made headlines with bold statements along the lines of “the country has run out of rubbish” – so should we be following their lead? Sweden’s recycling is apparently so effective that for the past six years, the country has had to import rubbish from overseas in order to keep its recycling plants […]