“We’re looking for new architectural expressions”

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 3D concrete printing will give architects more flexibility and new forms of expression when designing buildings, says Catherine Huang, partner in BIG—Bjarke Ingels Group."We're only on the cusp of figuring out how we can utilize 3D concrete printing in architecture and construction. It's an exciting time to be exploring the most meaningful ap...
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Finnish and Swedish experts find common challenges for the renewable electricity policy in the Nordics

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 According to a new Finnish study the overall impact of Nordic cooperation in renewable electricity policy is seen positively, with the most tangible benefit being the possibility to use Nordic cooperation as a tool for voicing a common position both on the EU level and the international level.However, a further institutionalization of Nordic ...
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The University of Helsinki starts a new Africa program and a stra­tegic part­ner­ship with the University of Nairobi

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 Africa's global importance is growing. This is one of the reasons why the University of Helsinki is investing in cooperation with the continent. The University published its Africa programme for 2021–2030 on 14 October.Global action, sustainability and responsibility – these three themes receive particular emphasis in both the Strategic Plan ...
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Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope Gets Two-Year Mission Extension

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 NEOWISE has provided an estimate of the size of over 1,850 near-Earth objects, helping us better understand our nearest solar system neighbors.For two more years, NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) will continue its hunt for asteroids and comets – including objects that could pose a hazard to Earth. This mi...
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'Icelandia' – Is Iceland the tip of a vast, sunken continent?

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A team of experts led by Professor Gillian Foulger from Durham University, believes they have identified a remarkable geological secret; a sunken continent hidden under Iceland and the surrounding ocean, which they have dubbed 'Icelandia'.The sunken continent could stretch from Greenland all the way to Europe, covering an area of around 600,000 km2...
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Here to stay: The era of telehealth

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Virtual health care is here to stay. Many believe the era of telehealth was launched by the coronavirus pandemic. It wasn't, but the health crisis certainly accelerated it. Prior to the pandemic, 2% of University of Utah Health providers had seen patients virtually—now, 90% have. From March 2020 to March 2021, our providers held 400,000 virtual tel...
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Queen Mary University launches international training programme for Ukrainian judges

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 The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London has started its intellectual property (IP) training programme for judges in Ukraine.The training programme aims to enable participants to extend their knowledge of best practice in leading IP jurisdictions across the world, and to implement these practices in their work....
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+3600 sci­ent­ists: The EU Com­mon Ag­ri­cul­tural Policy must stop des­troy­ing nature

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 Scientists from all EU countries and beyond say that the European Commission's proposal for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2020 must be 'drastically improved' in order to stop harming the environment. They propose ten urgent actions to reform the CAP for long-term food security, biodiversity conservation and climate mitigation. If ...
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QS World University Rankings 2022

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Featuring 1,300 universities from around the world, this year's university rankings are the largest ever. Each institution has been assessed according to five key metrics, in accordance with QS methodology.You can use the rankings to easily compare universities . Each university included in the rankings also has a profile page full of details ...
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Climate change alters river flow

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Water volumes in rivers worldwide have changed significantly in recent decades. An international research team including Goethe University has now been able to corroborate that climate change plays a critical role. Project coordinator was ETH Zurich.Climate change influences the Earth's water balance: Depending on region and season, it can lead to ...
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Northern Red Sea corals pass heat stress test with flying colors

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EPFL scientists are beginning to understand why corals in the Gulf of Aqaba, along with their symbiotic algae and bacteria, resist higher temperatures particularly well.Even under the most optimistic scenarios, most of the coral reef ecosystems on our planet – whether in Australia, the Maldives or the Caribbean – will have disappeared or be in very...
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Quantum mechanics paves the way for more stable organic solar cells

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 Quantum mechanics can be used to create more stable and more easily produced organic solar cells. These are the findings of new research from the University of Gothenburg.Organic solar cells have many advantages compared with traditional silicon-based solar cells. They can be manufactured cheaply at a large scale using printing presses, and t...
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How MIT OpenCourseWare became an educational resource to millions around the world

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Celebrating 20 remarkable years, MIT OCW looks to the future, informed by learning needs underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic."It is typical of our faculty to come up with something as bold and innovative as this," said then-MIT president Charles Vest at a special gathering of community members and press in April 2001. "OpenCourseWare looks counter...
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Method offers inexpensive imaging at the scale of virus particles

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Using an ordinary light microscope, researchers can now obtain images with unprecedented accuracy.Using an ordinary light microscope, MIT engineers have devised a technique for imaging biological samples with accuracy at the scale of 10 nanometers — which should enable them to image viruses and potentially even single biomolecules, the researchers ...
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Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules

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Discovery may offer clues to carbon's role in planet and star formation.      Much of the carbon in space is believed to exist in the form of large molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Since the 1980s, circumstantial evidence has indicated that these molecules are abundant in space, but they have not been di...
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World-first sustainable office retrofit begins at new CISL headquarters

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 The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced the start of works on its new visionary headquarters. This world-first for a retrofitted sustainable office building will set new standards for low energy use, carbon emissions and impact on natural resources as well as user experience and wellbeing.The E...
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Dr. Jelle Zijlstra Award 2021 Laureate in the Field of Economic Development

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 Dr. Jelle Zijlstra was the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, President of the Central Bank of the Netherlands, and President of the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, with long-standing engagement with the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands. In honour of this renowned economist, we recognize international lea...
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QS World University Rankings by Subject

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The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 cover a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas.The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employ...
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Changing the rules to control monopolies could see the end of Facebook domination

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No one raised an eyebrow when Mark Zuckerberg bought tiny Instagram in 2012 for US$1 billion. Now regulators want to unwind the deal, by forcing Facebook to sell Instagram, and WhatsApp. This move may spell the disintegration of the Facebook empire.But this is not only about Facebook, or Amazon, Google, and Apple. It is a global shift of the bounda...
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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose: pandemic insights from fifth century B.C. Athens

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COVID-19 has prompted reflection on many previous pandemics, above all the outbreaks of plague in the 17th century and the Black Death in the 14th. I want to go still further back to the great plague of Athens in the fifth century B.C., which hit the Athenians shortly after they began the great Peloponnesian War against Sparta and her allies in 431...
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