What’s new in Italy in 2014

Smart visitors to Florence buy a museum pass or advance tickets to avoid lengthy lines at key attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery.(Photo: Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe) Even when it’s hot, crowded, or on strike, Italy is lots of … Continue reading


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10 best cooking school vacations

Last SlideNext Slide Los Dos, a Yucatan cooking school in the colonial city of Merida, Mexico, brings students face to face with local people and culture.(Photo: Eduardo Cervantes) TV chef Andrew Zimmern says a cooking school vacation can be an … Continue reading


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Reliving the Seder story, in old ways and new

A votive in a glass holder, etched with the Star of David and the words “In memory,” sits on the granite table. “We will remember the terrible tragedy,” Ron Wolfson says, referring to the previous day’s shootings at two Jewish … Continue reading


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School Strike Action Threatened By Teachers

Education Secretary Michael Gove has been branded a “man with a mad idea for every occasion” as fresh strike action was threatened by teachers. The Cabinet Minister also faced demands to quit at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual … Continue reading


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Teacher training: Christopher Pyne rejects calls for a higher Atar cut-off

The federal education minister, Christopher Pyne, has signalled his opposition to the “blunt instrument” of raising tertiary entrance scores as he launched a review of teacher training. Confirming the appointment of the Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor, Greg Craven, to lead … Continue reading


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Chilean Port City Fire Seen from Space (Photo)

What looks like a wisp of smoke on a new satellite image is actually the largest fire in the history of Valparaiso, Chile. Strong winds brought a forest fire into this port city of 280,000 over the weekend, NASA’s Earth … Continue reading


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Jaws, the prequel: Scientists find the ‘Model T Ford’ of sharks

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You’ve heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. But how about the Model T shark? Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of … Continue reading


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Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life

For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an “Earth cousin” that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was … Continue reading


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NASA Moon Probe Will Bite the Lunar Dust Soon: What It Taught Us

A NASA probe orbiting the moon will literally bite the lunar dust within the next week or so when it crashes into the moon’s far side. The $280 million LADEE mission (short for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) was … Continue reading


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AUDIO: RNIB: UK needs sight loss advisors

Every eye clinic in the UK should provide access to a sight loss advisor, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has claimed. The charity found that almost half of all eye hospitals in the UK did not offer … Continue reading


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