Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm

Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm

Furious ministers from Italy’s coalition government have rounded on the company that manages the country’s motorways, as authorities struggled to quell growing anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa on Tuesday that killed 39 people. A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city, sending about […]

Genoa bridge collapse victims: two families among the dead

Genoa bridge collapse victims: two families among the dead

As shock gave way to anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa, Italians reflected on the randomness with the victims were selected. Within the flow of traffic doomed by the collapse were families, a nurse and an anaesthetist, a lorry driver, a chef. There were Italians, foreign workers and tourists. Among the 39 confirmed dead […]

Billionaires reach for the stars while world suffers

Billionaires reach for the stars while world suffers

The world economy is pumping trillions of dollars into the accounts of a few thousand people. These riches should be directed first and foremost to end the millions of needless deaths caused by extreme poverty, and to educate the hundreds of millions of children who lack schooling. The billionaires would still have enough left over […]

The Science Behind the World's Longest Flights

The Science Behind the World's Longest Flights

Tucson, Ariz. The Sonoran desert is a pretty good place to research what ultralong nonstop flights do to the human body. Airlines and scientists are studying the effects of spending 20 hours or more in an arid cabin at high altitude. They’re beginning to change everything from food service to cabin lighting and temperature to […]

The deep, dark quest to save one of the world's rarest fish

The deep, dark quest to save one of the world's rarest fish

This is part of our Road Trip 2018 summer series “Taking it to Extremes,” which looks at what happens when people mix everyday tech with insane situations. We’re driving through one of the harshest climates in the world, where the summer heat regularly reaches three digits. The barren landscape shows little sign of life and […]

Remaking the World: Poetry and Disability

Remaking the World: Poetry and Disability

torrin a. greathouse ELEGY ACROSS TWO BODIES I.its back is broken no way it will survive the night childish unknowing i stroked the mottle-brown slick of the squirrel’s dew drenched fur bent a wire frame from the muselets that cork a champagne bottle’s breath threaded tiny rubber wheels to carry its body’s weight i was […]

How Crete changed the course of World War Two

How Crete changed the course of World War Two

Our car pulled up a dusty track next to a grove of olive trees. My guide, Stelios Tripalitakis, got out and started briskly walking in between their gnarled trunks, stopping every couple of metres to investigate objects he spotted on the ground. I followed, desperately trying to keep up in the heavy Cretan heat. “Ahhh, […]

World peace at last: Japan surrenders, archive 1945

World peace at last: Japan surrenders, archive 1945

Japan has surrendered. This was announced in London, Washington, Moscow and Chung-king at midnight last night. Broadcasting the news at that hour Mr. Attlee said : Japan has to-day surrendered. The last of our enemies is laid low. Here is the text of the Japanese reply to the Allied demands :— With reference to the […]

The world's 'most liveable city' title isn't a measure of the things most of us actually care about

The world's 'most liveable city' title isn't a measure of the things most of us actually care about

Melbourne lost its “most liveable city” title yesterday and is confronting being runner-up to Vienna after seven years at the top. These rankings are based on The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, which “assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions”. But the tool was actually designed to […]

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