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    Dublin doctor giving voice to the realities of life and death

    The Secret Doctor is a blog launched by the British Medical Association in 2016 in order to shine a light on the realities of working in the profession. The purpose was not to spy on practitioners or blow whistles but to get a conversation going about things that matter to those at the coalface. Charged […]

  • From work to family – the experts’ guide to a low-stress life

     It’s important to set aside time together as a family Photograph: Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Hoxton How not to worry about… Relationships By Kate Thompson Do sweat the small stuff: Everyday stresses – who takes the rubbish out, who does the school run – can affect couples. These may seem trivial compared with more significant hurdles (moving house, […]

  • Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth review – an uneasy dialogue

    ‘Divine muscular energy’: Michelangelo’s The Risen Christ, c1532-3. Right: Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005 by Bill Viola. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019; Bill Viola Studio Ever since Bill Viola first pitched up in Florence as a 23-year-old film technician in 1974, there has been a certain inevitability […]

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    NASA Administrator: Alien Life Is More Likely Than We Thought

    Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission directorate, says it’s likely that there’s life beyond Earth. “Is there life beyond Earth? I think the answer is yes — but we just don’t know,” Zurbuchen said during an interview at Boston University. “The simple reason I think so is because we underestimated nature when we […]

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    Without the Impact that Formed the Moon, We Might Not Have Life on Earth

    The Earth wasn’t formed containing the necessary chemicals for life to begin. One well-supported theory, called the “late veneer theory”, suggests that the volatile chemicals needed for life arrived long after the Earth formed, brought here by meteorites. But a new study challenges the late veneer theory. Evidence shows that the Moon was created when […]

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    Life’s Chaotic: Let’s Learn About Entropy

    There are some universal certainties. Death. Taxes. The second law of thermodynamics. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of articles online and off about the first two things on that list, but this one is about the third. This law, first identified by Sadi Carnot in 1824 in his musings of how the useful but mysterious […]

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    UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

    Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued […]

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    Banking royal commission: AMP took life premiums from dead customers

    AMP has failed to refund nearly $1 million in life insurance premiums it charged to thousands of its superannuation members it knew were dead, the banking royal commission has heard. The commission heard on Monday it was AMP’s practice to charge dead people life insurance premiums and then refund those premiums rather than cutting off […]