APPLE’S TRILLION DOLLARS VALUE DOES NOT MEAN IT’S THE BIGGEST COMPANY Jerry Davis, University of Michigan On Aug. 2, Apple became the first U.S. public corporation to achieve a US$1 trillion valuation, making it the
Starting from March 1st 2018, the Swiss government banned the common practice of boiling lobsters alive. They “will now have to be stunned before they are put to death” as stated in the government order.
PHILIPPINES SUSPENDS DENGUE VACCINE BECAUSE OF HEALTH RISKS The Philippines decided to suspend its dengue immunization program because the used vaccine poses health risks in people who were not previously infected. The decision comes after
Yachya and Maria met in 2010 in China and decided to move to Yachya’s hometown, the Syrian capital Damascus. As they were preparing for their marriage, the civil war broke out, in 2011. So they fled to Maria’s hometown, in eastern Ukraine.
UBUNTU SPYWARE CONTROVERSY Ubuntu is one of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions. It is used in over 50 million desktop computers worldwide, and runs millions of servers, including those of Reddit, Instagram, Snapchat and Netflix. It
The village of Giethoorn, in the Netherlands, has no roads and no cars. The residents either walk or take boats through canals. Situated in the northeastern province of Overijssel, it is famous for its waterways and bicycle trails.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) general assembly has decided to change its name to World Taekwondo. The previous one, in use since the establishment of the federation in 1973, has been abandoned for its negative connotation, as it refers to the acronym WTF.
A report published by Amnesty International and Afrewatch in 2016 states that the cobalt used to power cell phones and other electronic devices is mined by child laborers in Africa. It also suggests that the major electronics brands are failing to ensure the source of the cobalt used in their devices.
The synchronicity of Richard Nixon’s resurgence in the 1980s with Gorbachev’s rise, and his curious 1991 trip to the Soviet Union, show clearly that he had an active role in the intelligence strategy that led to the fall of the Soviet Union.
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In August 1939, one month before the start of World War II, Einstein sent a letter to the U.S President Roosevelt recommending the utilization of nuclear chain reactions to create an atomic bomb. In his
There are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. This is the best estimate that can be asserted based on today’s technology. However, scientists expect the numbers to grow bigger as the telescope technology gets
Antonio Meucci is the true inventor of the telephone, not Alexander Graham Bell. This century-long controversy had finally been settled by the US Congress in 2002. The acknowledgement was the result of the House of Representatives’ vote of the resolution H.RES.269.
On Wednesday July 25th 1990, the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein met with the US ambassador April Glaspie. The meeting’s outcome has had a vital impact on the whole region. Its ramifications are still haunting Iraq, Syria, Iran and the Gulf countries until now.
Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227) is known for having unified the Mongolian tribes and establishing a large empire in Central Asia. He used ingenious military tactics and ferocious brutality to defeat the Chinese dynasties in the south
On July 14th 1789, French revolutionaries stormed into the Bastille prison, a symbol of the tyrannic monarchy. They succeeded to dismantle it and signal the beginning of the French revolution. King Louis 16, his wife
The Defense Department’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System, used to exchange emergency messages with US nuclear forces is still running on an IBM platform from the 1970s. The system uses 8inch floppy disks, the
Press release All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 Europe makes a definitive choice for open access by 2020 27 May 2016 All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020.
The archerfish can recognize human faces. This conclusion is the result of the work of a team of researchers from Oxford University and from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. It has been published in the
France has launched a meteor-spotting network of 100 cameras all over the country. The project’s official name is Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network (FRIPON). It aims to determine the source of the meteorites and collect
A recent research suggests that a giant unknown planet is orbiting around the sun. This ninth planet could not be observed with telescopes but its existence is deduced from its gravitational impact on the surrounding
One Hundred Years of Solitude is seen by many readers as a fantastic piece of fiction narrating wonderful stories in remote exotic settings. Some others have never seen it in that way. They rather see it
This photo was not taken in the Nazi Germany. It shows the MP Sir. Oswald Mosley, during a parade of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Throughout his career, Mosley explored the whole political spectrum, from the extreme left to the extreme right. This photo illustrates his Fascist episode with the Black Shirts. The uniformed and military-style organisations were later banned by the British government. After the war, Mosley formed the Union Movement, calling for the unification of Europe under one super state.
Carbon dioxide has been the epicenter of the pollution and climate change controversy for decades. Several international summits witnessed tough negotiations aiming to reduce its emissions. The latest was the so acclaimed Paris Agreement of December 2015.
The relaxing effect of the forest air is a common experience for humanity all over the world. But in Japan the matter is deeply rooted in the national traditions. It is also taken very seriously by the scientific community.
Under ancient Jewish law, unanimous conviction in a capital crime was considered as too good to be correct. The absence of dissenting opinions among the judges was seen a proof that the suspect is very
In December 2015, President Obama signed a new space bill into law: Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. It states that “Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained them,
“We want to have a car-free center. We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone.” Lan Marie Berg, lead negotiator for the Green Party in Oslo told reporters in
The famous case of Reinhart and Rogoff in 2013 marked the start of a wave of replication assessments to research papers in various disciplines. Recently, the Federal Reserve took part of this trend and published a paper called: Is Economics Research Replicable? Sixty Published Papers from Thirteen Journals Say ”Usually Not”.