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 […]

The Japanese are free to dance

The Japanese are free to dance

At the end of October 2014, the Japanese government abolished an old post-war law that had prohibited dancing in public places and nightclubs that did not have a special licence. The aforementioned law, passed in 1948 to stamp out prostitution […]

Major resolutions on the negative impact of prospecting

Major resolutions on the negative impact of prospecting

Spain’s Department of Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea (DGCSM), part of The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAM), recently reported negatively on Cairn Energy’s oil prospecting plans in the Gulf of Valencia. The report recognised that “the […]

Norway tops the list for over 60s

Norway tops the list for over 60s

Norway has topped the poll of the best places in the world to grow old. While the country famed for its long dark winter nights and high cost of living might not be the obvious place in which to spend […]

Christmas solidarity in Spain

Christmas solidarity in Spain

Getting donations of non-perishable items so that Spain’s poorest do not go hungry this holiday season was the aim of the second Grand National Food Collection. This was organized by the Spanish Food Bank Federation, and was held throughout Spain […]

Stephen Hawking’s hi-tech wheelchair

Stephen Hawking’s hi-tech wheelchair

Last month in London, physicist Stephen Hawking unvailed his new intelligent wheelchair which was created by himself and a team of researchers from Intel Labs. This new system allows Hawking to write and speak twice as fast as before, and […]

Buy one, give one

Buy one, give one

Here’s a great way of giving something back to society by simply going out to eat. Thanks to the inspiration behind Mealshare, a programme which originated in Canada, every time a diner chooses one of a selection of certain dishes […]

Solar bike lane tested in Amsterdam

Solar bike lane tested in Amsterdam

With more than 56,000 kilometres of bicycle lanes, the Netherlands is a country with a long tradition in this means of transportation. This past November an experimental 70 metre cycle lane made of solar panels was unveiled in Amsterdam. The […]