Switzerland opens the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. See pics

It took Swiss work crews just 10 weeks to complete the bridge which now forms part of the Europaweg, known as one of the most scenic two-day hikes in the Alps for offering panoramic views of the Matterhorn — the most iconic Swiss mountain peak — along with Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps. The bridge is situated on the Europaweg, that connects the villages of Zermatt and Graechen. (AP) The trail runs between 1,600 m and 2,200 m above sea level. The bridge replaces an older bridge that was closed…

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Shocking divorce rates at world’s most popular wedding destinations

WEDDINGS in Australia cost upwards of $65,482, so it’s no surprise many couples are casting their eyes overseas for cheaper alternatives. In places like Fiji, Bali and Phuket, you can have an extravagant ceremony on a picturesque beach for less than half the price. The Cook Islands and Vanuatu are also rising favourites, as well as European destinations like Paris, Italy, and the Greek island of Santorini. Let’s face it: you’re better off shelling out a few grand for airfares and taking off with your close family and friends than…

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World’s largest privately owned yacht is headed for Australia

IT HAS a full-size tennis court, a resident sommelier and rooms going for $15 million — and now the world’s biggest privately-owned cruise ship is headed to Australia’s humble shores. Just shy of 200m long, the mammoth residential yacht, called The World, is in the midst of a non-stop journey around the globe. The ship is home to about 130 families who generally only spend between three and six months on board. Since launching in 2002, The World has taken its residents to more than 900 ports across 140 different…

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The Venice synagogue at the heart of the world’s first ghetto

The 16th-century Schola Grande Tedesca is worth a visit for its extraordinary interior but, as the arts writer discovers, also for what it reveals about the history of the Jewish community in Europe The interior of the Schola Grande Tedesca This is one of the oddest spaces I’ve ever been in. The geometry is unique: it is a trapezoid tapering toward two windows, softened above by the elliptical women’s gallery which Silvia, our guide, tells us was added in a later restoration. I’m on a tour of some of the…

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World’s thinnest lens measures a barely-there 6.3 nm thick

A team from the Australian National University (ANU) has created the world’s thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair (Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU). View gallery (4 images) Scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens, which at just 6.3 nm (nanometers) thick is one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair. The team from the Australian National University (ANU) says the lens was made using molybdenum disulphide crystal, and could be key in the miniaturization of cameras and the development of flexible computer displays. In recent years we’ve…

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Teachers’ strike to go ahead after High Court rejects Government’s injunction

The NUT says sixth-form colleges have suffered ‘deeper’ budget cuts than other parts of the education system Getty Images Sixth-form teachers in England will walk out for one day on Tuesday over “inadequate funding” in sixth-form colleges. The High Court refused to grant the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, an injunction to stop it going ahead – ruling instead that it was lawful. The Government argued the strike was “based on political grounds and not a trade dispute about the terms and conditions of its members”. Thousands of teachers…

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2016 Sony World Photography Awards provide snapshot of world’s diverse cultures

Gangasagar Fair … devotees worshipping the sun just after their bath. Picture: Abhijit Banerjee/2016 Sony World Photography Awards FROM Hindus bathing in Bengal to Tibetan monks wrapped in rich red capes sprinkled with snow flakes and kids riding reindeers in Mongolia, this year’s entries in the Sony World Photo awards provide the ultimate snapshot of the world’s diverse cultures and traditions. There is a strong sense of empathy in the entries, many of which are centred around the major news stories of 2015 including the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine…

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Five of the world’s best wild beaches

Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island You could almost pick any beach off the ocean side of Vancouver Island, but Chesterman has the edge. It’s the kind of place where you might see kids pedalling along barefoot with a surfboard under one arm. With a bit of luck, and keen eyesight, you might spot orcas out beyond the breakers. Easier to find is the Carving Shed, where local craftsmen turn out exquisite sculptures and traditional canoes. At low tide a sandspit, the Tombolo, gets you out to Frank Island, with great views…

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