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Monday, January 22, 2018
22 January 2018France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in partnership with UNESCO, will host a conference on 26 January to launch the InsSciDE project, which aims to lay the foundations for a European-wide science diplomacy. The initiative is funded by the European Commission for a period of four years. Coordinated by Pascal Griset, Professor of contemporary history at Paris-Sorbonne University and director of the Institute of Science Communication of the CNRS, InsSciDE will bring together 14 research and training institutes from 11 European countries, as well as UNESCO. Organized… (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
zagweb.jpg © UNESCO The Technical Museum Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia, will be the beneficiary of an upcoming innovative shallow geothermal system, sponsored by the H2020 project Cheap-GSHPs - Cheap and Efficient Application of reliable Ground Source Heat Exchangers and Pumps. The management authorities of the museum, in cooperation with the municipality of Zagreb, are committed to replacing the heating system based on highly consuming, undersized and expensive electric heaters and strengthening the educational capacity on sustainable energy of the museum. UNESCO believes that museums are places… (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
For Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the face of the government shutdown. For immigration advocates, he’s their best hope. Perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, Schumer has so far succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government funding fight to push for protections for some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But he has little margin for error in this first major test of his muscle and maneuvering as... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The exiled former leader of the Maldives said Monday that this year's presidential election could be the last chance to extricate his country from increasing Chinese influence, which he described as a land grab in the guise of investments in island development.   Mohamed Nasheed told reporters in Sri Lanka's capital that current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has opened the doors to Chinese investment without any regard for procedure or transparency.   ``A large emerging... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a waiting list for the gardening intervention, the study team reports. It’s estimated there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the United States would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of 2019. "In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year," Pence said, addressing the Knesset, Israel's lawmaking body, in Tel Aviv. "Jerusalem is Israel's capital and, as such, President Trump has directed the State... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
With a still undetermined awards race and an industry undergoing tectonic shifts with the Me Too and Time's Up movements, awards shows have become canaries in the coal mine. After the Golden Globes, it was clear that the entertainment business was not shying away from its problems, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards suggested that perhaps the Hollywood reckoning is now following a familiar script. There were big moments Sunday at the 24th annual celebration of actors, like Harvey... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn't bring on an eclipse. Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump's call on whether to slap tariffs on imported panels. The solar business in the U.S. has boomed in recent years, driven by falling prices for panels, thanks in part to cheap imports. That has made solar power more competitive with electricity generated from coal... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Olympic hosts in South Korea are working to transform the heavily militarized border area, just north of Pyeongchang, into a tourist attraction emphasizing the theme of inter-Korean peace.   North Korea’s participation in the upcoming PyeongChang winter Olympics to be held in South Korea has defused regional tensions for now over Pyongyang’s continued development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles. DMZ   Inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) checkpoint on... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics. Hyon Song Wol, the photogenic leader of Kim Jong Un's hand-picked Moranbong Band, has made two excursions across the Demilitarized Zone as a negotiator and advance team leader working out the details of Kim's surprise offer for the North to participate in the... (Full Story)
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