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So you may have noticed there was no newsletter last week.

That was down to a tragic mix of technical and human error, for which we beg forgiveness.

But now we're back, with an enormous catalogue of stories to show you.

We've got investigations into the far-right, A&E waits for women, who is sponsoring a festival featuring Greta Thunberg, Trident nuclear subs, and fish farming.

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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
Women wait longer than men for emergency medical care in Scotland despite the fact they are more likely to be admitted to hospital after being seen in A&E.

The Ferret analysed data on monthly waiting time rates for women and men in 27 of 30 emergency departments in Scotland, obtained from Public Health Scotland through a freedom of information request.

Our research found that women waited twelve minutes longer than men in April 2023, with 60.5 per cent of women seen within four hours, compared to 64 per cent of men.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Book festival sponsor has major investments in fossil fuels
The main sponsor of the Edinburgh book festival – which will feature an event with Greta Thunberg – has billions invested in firms that profit from fossil fuels.
Second Scottish NHS board considers prescribing heroin as drug treatment
A second Scottish NHS health board is considering offering heroin on prescription to drug users following an evaluation of a Glasgow-based pilot.
Trident nuclear project can’t be delivered, says watchdog
Delivery of nuclear reactors for new Trident submarines has been branded as “unachievable” for the second year running by a UK Government watchdog.
New government ‘sustainable’ fish farming strategy lacks green targets, say critics
A group representing coastal communities has criticised the Scottish Government’s new fish farming strategy for lacking environmental targets.
Home Office probed far right Homeland group’s ‘stealth’ political party bid
The UK Government raised concerns that a far right group led by a Scot had applied “by stealth” to become a political party, The Ferret can reveal.
NatureScot condemned for sanctioning tests to disturb dolphins and whales
NatureScot granted a two year research licence to a private company to test new technology that will disturb dolphins, porpoises and whales.
Question of the Week
Have you experienced very long waiting times at A&E?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Broken roads and broken necks: life in pothole Britain
There are an estimated two million potholes in the UK – and the problem is only getting worse. What does this tell us about the state of the country? (Guardian)
Can we recreate the spark of life on Earth?
The origins of the very earliest life on Earth have long fascinated scientists. Can we recreate the conditions that gave rise to it? (BBC Future)
They lost their kids to Fortnite
A group of Canadian parents say their kids are so addicted to the video game Fortnite that they’ve stopped eating, sleeping and showering. (Maclean's)
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