Here’s how traveling makes you happier

Scenario one: you are sitting in your office, thinking about taking all those pending leaves, but decide to forget about and just keep working. That project isn’t going to take care of itself, and there could be a promotion at the end of the year! Scenario two: you are lying on your back, watching a conversation on your phone in a newly-made WhatsApp group for a vacation with friends. Everyone is enthusiastic about it at first, but soon people start dropping out faster than you can say “Goa party”. Scenario three:…

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Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after coup

Turkey will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday as the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month’s attempted coup burden overstretched jails. The reform, extending an existing probation scheme, was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday in two new decrees under a state of emergency declared after the July 15 failed putsch during which 240 people were killed. The government gave no reason for the reform. Turkey’s Western allies worry President Tayyip Erdogan is using the…

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SpaceX Rocket Makes Historic Ocean Landing

SpaceX has successfully landed and recovered a rocket on an ocean platform for the first time, after launching a cargo ship to the International Space Station. About two-and-a-half minutes after Friday afternoon’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral in Florida the main part of the two-stage booster separated. The Falcon 9 craft turned around and headed toward a so-called drone ship – named Of Course I Still Love You – in the Atlantic Ocean, neatly accomplishing a vertical landing. The company said the achievement marks a historic first in the effort to…

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University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers ‘makes institutions look desperate’

It used to be relatively rare for universities to make unconditional offers. Between 2008 and 2013 fewer than one per cent of all offers were unconditional Getty Images The sharp rise in universities giving unconditional offers of places to sixthformers makes institutions look “desperate” and risks making students “sit back and twiddle their thumbs”, a leading headteacher has warned. Peter Hamilton, head of The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, told an education conference that he was concerned at the sharp rise in unconditional offers which saw a  93 per…

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Canadian government makes tuition fees virtually free for poorer students

Canada has announced education will be virtually free for cash-strapped students but wealthier ones will still have to cough up. In the most radical shift in decades, the government unveiled a package of new measures designed to make college and university education more accessible to low-income families in Ontario. Setting the government budget on February 25, the Ontario Student Grant replaces the current system of tuition tax credits and educations credits. The move is estimated to save $145 million next year, which will go towards funding the plans. But despite…

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