Archive for 'January,2015'

New German law mandates more women on executive boards

New German law mandates more women on executive boards

After months of heated debate the German government reached agreement on a historic new law that requires Frauenquote – women’s quotas. Starting in 2016 Germany’s leading listed companies will be legally obligated to allocate at least 30% of the seats […]

Free World Library of Science online

Free World Library of Science online

To coincide with World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has launched a free online scientific library accessible to students and scientists worldwide. The new platform, called World Library of […]

Scientists reverse ageing process in mice

Scientists reverse ageing process in mice

Scientists from Harvard and the University of New South Wales say they may have discovered a way to stop and even reverse the process of ageing. Simply stated, their discovery involves using naturally occurring proteins and molecules to turn youthful […]

Switzerland votes Yes on immigration

Switzerland votes Yes on immigration

Switzerland has a long history of welcoming citizens from other countries to live and work there – so much so that they represent 23.5% of the population. The majority are Europeans with Germans comprising the largest proportion, and over half […]

Tiny houses solve huge problems

Tiny houses solve huge problems

Micro-houses may be the answer to solving the homeless problem in Portland, Oregon and throughout the United States. A proposal for building 25 tiny housing units plus laundry, administrative services and other amenities, is currently waiting for approval from the […]

US and Cuba restore ties after 53 years

US and Cuba restore ties after 53 years

President Barack Obama has announced that the United States and Cuba will begin to normalize their diplomatic relations reversing a half-century-old rift between the two countries. According to the agreement, the US and Cuba will not only renew diplomatic ties, […]

Religious leaders meet to denounce slavery

Religious leaders meet to denounce slavery

Leaders of the world’s largest religions met at the Vatican in early December to declare that they are committed to the elimination of modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020. Pope Francis joined with counterparts from ten of the world’s […]

Sweden’s prostitution solution

Sweden’s prostitution solution

In recent years Sweden has dramatically reduced the number of women involved in the sex trade. In the capital Stockholm and other major cities, street prostitution has been reduced by two thirds, and the number of male clients soliciting sex […]

Growing food in salt water

Growing food in salt water

Marc van Rijsselberghe is a farmer on Texel, one of the northernmost islands in the Netherlands. It is an area where the encroaching ocean and salt marshes cause sea water to seep under its dykes and into its irrigation canals. […]

Midwife birthing supported by British Health Service

Midwife birthing supported by British Health Service

Recently published guidelines from the British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), state that in most cases home births are as safe as those in hospital labour wards. Coming out in favour of at-home procedures, NICE suggests that […]

Transparent technology

Transparent technology

Glass fronted buildings could be the perfect conductors for solar power thanks to a new way of harnessing energy from sunlight. Unveiled by Michigan State University researchers, the team have found a way of turning any window or sheet of […]

Nature’s Paradise is in Peru

Nature’s Paradise is in Peru

The prestigious environmental organisation TEAM-Network has recently recognised Peru’s Manu National Park (MNP) as a natural paradise, with the largest variety of animal and plant species on the planet. The park has a surface area of over a million and […]