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Lao Cai: 30,000 students stay at home due to frost

As the temperature dropped to under 6 degrees Celsius, public schools in mountainous districts of Lao Cai province closed on January 10-11, and nearly 30,000 pupils stayed at home. Frost on a branch on the Lao Than mountain, Bat Xat district  At 7 am on January 11, the local temperature was recorded at 1.9 degrees ... Read More »

Students find polluted places with smartphones

VietNamNet Bridge – Using cloud computing technology and Internet of Things, a group of students from Vietnamese-German University have created an environmental monitoring system which finds polluted areas. The students from Vietnamese-German University The product was created by Tran Quang Tien, Ly Minh Tai, Ho Ngoc Khang Minh and Dinh Buu Son from the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Faculty. Asked ... Read More »

Delicious but deadly mochi: The Japanese rice cakes that kill

Two people have died in Japan and several are in a critical condition after choking on traditional rice cakes as part of the new year celebrations. They may seem harmless, but each year the hard-to-eat snack claims several lives, prompting annual warnings from officials. What is a mochi? The cakes, known as mochi, are cute round buns made of soft ... Read More »

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer's

Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease — Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer’s Society called ... Read More »

California mudslides death toll rises with 17 still missing

Hundreds of rescuers are combing wreckage in Southern California for those missing after mudslides that have killed 17. Fire department workers rescued a 14-year-old girl from a collapsed house in Montecito — Photo: SANTA BARBARA NEWS VIA REUTERS Another 28 injuries have been reported in Santa Barbara County following the deluge that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. ... Read More »

Hanoi student wins $264,000 scholarship from US university

VietNamNet Bridge – Five months after winning the silver medal at the 2017 IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad), Pham Nam Khanh, a student from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted has scored another goal – winning a $264,000 scholarship for 4-year study at the University of Chicago.  Pham Nam Khanh and his mother According to The World University Rankings, the school ... Read More »

Global growth back at pre-crisis levels, says World Bank

The World Bank says global economic growth is likely to speed up this year, after a stronger than expected 2017. The bank’s new forecast is that the world economy will expand by 3.1% this year before slowing slightly. It will be the first time since the financial crisis that growth is operating at its full potential. However, the report warns ... Read More »

Bees swarm rescuers after fatal lorry crash in Australia

Australian rescuers have recounted wading through bees after a lorry carrying millions of the insects overturned, killing a man and trapping another. About 200 beehives were being transported on the lorry, authorities say — Photo: WA FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES The driver died in the crash early on 13 December near Albany, Western Australia, while his passenger suffered serious injuries. ... Read More »

California: Thirteen dead in Montecito rains and mudslides

At least 13 people are dead amid “waist-deep” mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, say officials. Californian mudslides: ‘”Like a World War One battlefield,”’ said Santa Barbara’s county sheriff Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had “storm-related injuries” and four were critically hurt. A group of up to 300 people are reportedly trapped in ... Read More »

Number of PhD students declining because of stricter requirements

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam needs more university lecturers with doctorates, but the Ministry of Education and Training says that training will not come at any cost and that quality should be the most important factor. The numbers of university lecturers with doctorate in 2011-2017 Experts also affirmed that though the figure of 24,000 PhDs is cited as proof for the ... Read More »