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'Breakthrough' breast cancer drugs get NHS approval


Two new “breakthrough” drugs to treat breast cancer have been given the green light for use on the NHS. Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved palbociclib and ribociclib after negotiating prices for the treatments. Research shows the drugs slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 months ... Read More »

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m

A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie’s auction room. Leonardo da ... Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash


Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Photo: EA Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. Others have complained about the use ... Read More »

Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia. The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, ... Read More »

HCM City school gives cash bonus to articles published in international journals


VietNamNet Bridge – The decision by the HCMC Economics University to award VND200 million to every ISI/SCOPUS Q1 article with IF>2 has stirred controversy. Mr Nguyen Trong Hoai Nguyen Xuan Tho, a research student at Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, however, praised the decision, calling it a “good strategy and vision”. According to Tho, the school’s board of ... Read More »

The US sees increase in number of Vietnamese students


The number of Vietnamese students in the US has increased consistently for 16 consecutive years, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors report. Students ask about information about studying in the US. — Photo courtesy of the US Consulate in HCM City The report for the 2016-17 academic year shows that Viet Nam remains the sixth-leading ... Read More »

More kids studying English at kindergartens


VietNamNet Bridge – Children at kindergartens in 41 out of 63 provinces and cities studied English in the 2016-2017 academic year, an increase of 20 areas compared to the 2013-2014 period, according to the Ministry of Education and Training. A foreigner teaches English at a Vietnamese kindergarten. Source Most of the 192,149 children were aged 4 to 6. They ... Read More »

Vietnamese students reap high results at int’l robot competition


Vietnamese students have reaped high results at the final round of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2017, held in Costa Rica from November 10-12. Accordingly, in the category for junior high school students, the Vietnamese students ranked tenth place out of 86 teams in the final round. Meanwhile, in the category for primary school students in the final round, the ... Read More »

First Vietnam university opens int’l cooperation office in Japan


The Hanoi-based Foreign Trade University (FTU) inaugurated an office for international cooperation in Japan on November 14, the first of its kind set up by a Vietnamese university in the northeast Asian country. FTU Rector Bui Anh Tuan (R) and MF Chairman Sugiyama The inauguration is part of cooperation between the FTU and the Minami Fuji Co. Ltd (MF). In ... Read More »

Giving birth on due date 'less risky' for older mums

Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research suggests bringing forward induction to 40 weeks’ gestation may ... Read More »