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Cars buck falling CO2 emissions trend

Britain’s carbon emissions have sunk to the level last seen in 1890 – the year before penalties were first awarded in football. In 2017, CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6%. This was mainly driven by a 19% decline in coal use. It follows a 5.8% fall in 2016, which saw a record 52% ... Read More »

UK company linked to laundered Bitcoin billions

A UK company has been linked to the laundering of 650,000 stolen bitcoins worth £4.5bn, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found. The coins were taken by hackers from Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, leaving tens of thousands of customers out of pocket. It’s not clear who is in control of the London-based firm Always Efficient LLP. Mt Gox operator ... Read More »

Alzheimer's researchers win brain prize

Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease brain (left) compared to normal (right) — Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michael Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to ... Read More »

Shared education: three models, one purpose

VietNamNet Bridge – Bringing the best learning experience at the lowest cost and contributing to community’s development is a common feature of three shared-education models described below: Mr Tran Viet Hung 1. Education services provided in a non-traditional way use a shared platform called 7Astar created by Tran Viet Hung and his co-workers. It offers new education concepts in Vietnam ... Read More »

South Africa listeria: Source of 'world's worst outbreak' found

South Africa says it has finally traced the source of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past year – said to make it the worst in history. The strain of listeria found in the Polokwane factory that tested positive is particularly virulent — Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The source is a factory operated by Enterprise Foods ... Read More »

The killer disease with no vaccine

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists. Photo: ALAMY Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, spreading faster and further than ever before. ... Read More »

Oscars 2018: Man arrested for theft of Frances McDormand's Oscar

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar after the awards ceremony on Sunday. Los Angeles Police have confirmed Terry Bryant was arrested for grand theft, after the statuette went missing from the Governor’s Ball. The 47-year old was booked and has had bail set at $20,000 (£14,400). He will attend court at a future date. ... Read More »

Vingroup to join in higher education

The property developer Vingroup has officially announced its plan to join in the field of higher education by establishing VinUni University (VinUni). A model in perspective of the campus of VinUni in Hanoi. — Photo Vingroup VinUni’s mission is to train talented human resources who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, life experiences and aspirations to contribute to their growth ... Read More »

Vietnamese universities of international stature – a distant dream?

VietNamNet Bridge – Having Vietnam universities listed among the world’s top 200 universities by 2020 was a target set by the government in Decisions 121 and 37 in 2007 when it adjusted the 2006-2020 programming for the university and junior college network. No Vietnam university is listed among THE’s ranking of the Asian leading universities Decision 37 will expire in ... Read More »

Oscars 2018: Host Jimmy Kimmel takes aim at Harvey Weinstein

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel aimed barbs at Harvey Weinstein at the first Academy Awards since Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal unfolded. Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino – two of Weinstein’s accusers – arrived together — Photo: REUTERS Opening the Oscars, Kimmel said: “The Academy took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks. “There were a lot of great ... Read More »