Subjects in brief

Facebook debate


The impact of Facebook on autocracy was the subject of the final round of The World Schools Debating Championship in Dundee. Australia, which argued that totalitarianism was doomed in the age of social networking, lost to Singapore, which opposed the motion. It was the first time Singapore had won the event.

Final frontier


Ten Scottish pupils have been selected to meet astronauts at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas. The pupils were picked from 100 hopefuls at the Scottish Space School at Strathclyde University, a five-day residential programme, which included a visit by Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Artsebarsky and NASA astronaut Alvin Drew.

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