About a fifth of the money that the European Union provided in 2017 to fund high-risk research has helped create a scientific breakthrough, a self-review carried out by the European Research Council (ERC), the most prestigious science funding agency of the EU has found. It found that 19% of 223...
By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler will stop producing diesel-fuelled passenger vehicles within three years, its CEO said on Friday. Sergio Marchionne, in his last major presentation before his retirement, told a shareholder conference that the company would make its last diesel car in 2021. The company will continue...
By Soila Apparicio, Climate Home News Ten families filed a climate lawsuit on Thursday against the European Parliament and the European Council over the EU’s emissions target. They claim the “inadequate” target to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions at least 40% by 2030, as compared to 1990 levels, does not protect...
Samuel Blouin, Université de Montréal Two weeks ago, the 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall flew from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland to access assisted suicide with the help of lifecircle and Exit International, two right-to-die societies. Goodall was part of a broader but marginal phenomenon sometimes referred to as...
The Swedish parliament has passed a bill that says sex without consent constitutes rape, even when there are no threats or force involved. It is to enter into force on July 1. Earlier provisions of the law had provided that perpetrator had used force or that a victim was in...
Germany plans to roll out several mass holding centres across the country that would hold migrants and make it easier for the country to send back the ones whose applications for asylum have been rejected. But the plan is coming under criticism too. The Guardian reported that such centres hinder...
A study in the UK has revealed that among teenagers, brighter girls and girls from poorer families are at the highest risk of showing high symptoms of depression at the age of 14. This is in contrast to the trend among their male peers, as intelligent boys and boys from...
Leprosy, one of the oldest recorded and highly stigmatised diseases, has its origin in Europe, scientists have said. After examining 90 skeletons with deformations characteristic of leprosy found from the continent the scientists reconstructed the genetic codes of medieval Mycobacterium leprae, which is the cause of the disease. The skeletons...
A solution seems to have emerged to address the excess electricity problem from renewables in the UK. Green energy, when produced in excess, can be converted into hydrogen that could be used in heating and other parts of the energy system, a report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE)...
Germany in 2017 had the 5% fewer crimes and the crime rate was lowest since 1992, as per the latest data. The latest official statistics, which put the total number of crimes at the country at 5.7 million, is the lowest in 30 years, if taken as a percentage of...

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