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Michael Jansen: Global school strikes
Twenty thousand British students joined Continental colleagues a week ago to call on governments to take action to counter climate change. Students in more than 60 towns and cities around the country walked out of schools and took to the streets to demand a declaration of a climate emergency. The students vow to strike every Friday until they achieve the goal of the rising “Youth Strike 4 Climate” movement. They carry placards
 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht: The law isn’t an ass
It’s spurious. The middleclass credo — only effort matters — is spurious. I was 19 and restless and trying hard to take charge of my life because I was dead drunk on the above hooch, fermented by the privileged to keep us working. I thought I could steer my life, and therefore, was working in that direction. I was reading the right books, fiction and non-fiction, befriending the right guys, listening to the right music and regular
   
Birjees Hussain: Small change, big difference
The research department at the University of New York states that just making a change in your hairstyle or your makeup can make you unrecognisable. To some extent this finding is actually true. We’ve all seen numerous before and after images of female celebrities; before their full work makeup and after being plastered in layers of foundation and eye makeup. Indeed, they do look very different without any makeup, and in many
 
 
Doyle McManus: Is it ‘America first’ or America alone?
The annual Munich Security Conference is usually a somnolent affair, a ritual renewal of vows between the United States and its European allies. This year was different. Germany’s outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, finally said what she thinks of President Donald Trump. Without using Trump’s name, she described his “America first” foreign policy as one of ignoring allies and promoting nationalism — and noted that Germany tried
   
Marisa Taylor: A mouse trap for humans?
Renowned Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair recently made a startling assertion: Scientific data shows he has knocked more than two decades off his biological age. What’s the 49-year-old’s secret? He says his daily regimen includes ingesting a molecule his own research found improved the health and lengthened the life span of mice. Sinclair now boasts online that he has the lung capacity, cholesterol and blood pressure
 
 
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