2 minutes to midnight: Doomsday closer than ever

On 24 January The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 minutes to midnight. The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a global, man-made catastrophe, and is maintained by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a non-profit research organisation that emerged from the Manhattan Project. The Clock represents the threat of a global nuclear war, with “midnight” being the hypothetical global catastrophe. As of2007 it has also reflected the threat of climate change. 

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Superstar Hugh Masekela’s legend


Legendary Afro-jazz musician Hugh Masekela passed away last month at the age of 78 after a long battle with prostate cancer. The talented trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, singer and anti-apartheid activist was one of South Africa’s most successful and influential musicians. Often called the “father of South African Jazz”, the musician’s illustrious career spanned over five decades and his combination of American jazz and traditional South African and African styles inspired thousands.

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The Global Women’s Movement



On 20 January the reprise protest of the Women’s March against inequality, sexual violence and various administration policies was held. Hundreds of thousands of participants were involved in the rallies which were conducted in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States, as well as in sister rallies in other countries such as Canada, Australia, the UK, India and Togo.

Many A-list celebrities led the march, speaking out about their own encounters with sexual violence.

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Not all fun and games: gaming disorder now recognised by WHO


For the first time ever, gaming addiction will be classified as a mental health condition. This follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to include “gaming disorder” in its 11th edition of International Classification of Disease (ICD). The ICD is a guide used by “doctors and researchers to track and diagnose disease” and was last updated in 1992, BBC.

WHO characterises gaming disorder as “impaired control over gaming,” “increased priority given to gaming” and the continuation of gaming despite negative consequences. WHO states that before gaming disorder is diagnosed, severe behavioural patterns must be present for 12 months. These behavioural patterns are classified as severe if gaming interferes with “personal, family, social, education, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.”

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Student societies: Something for everyone


UP offers its students over 100 societies ranging from academic to social groups, and everything in between. Joining a society is a great way to immerse yourself in the university and meet new people. Below is a list of a few of the societies that Tuks has to offer:


Take a girl child to varsity: This organisation strives to help girls become independent members of society. It aims to give career guidance and support to the girls who need it most. Some of its activities include making sure that information concern­ing different universities, qualifications and financing through university gets to the young girls out there, even in rural areas. The society also focuses on giving career guidance to girls and mentoring them through university, until they get their degrees.

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