Sunday, October 22, 2017

Picture of the day for October 23, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 23, 2017: Colombian Air Force Sikorsky UH-60L Arpía III (S-70A-41) just after having launched several flares.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 23, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 23, 2017 is Blackbeard.
Blackbeard (Edward Teach, c. 1680 – 1718) was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. He was probably born in Bristol, but little is known about his early life. He may have served on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before he joined the crew of Benjamin Hornigold, a pirate who operated from the Caribbean island of New Providence. In the Queen Anne's Revenge, a renamed merchant vessel, Teach blockaded the port of Charles Town, South Carolina, with an alliance of pirates. After successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he settled in Bath Town, but soon returned to piracy. He was attacked and killed near Ocracoke Island by a crew seeking the reward for his capture. A shrewd and calculating leader, he avoided the use of force, and there are no accounts that he ever harmed his captives. Following his death, his image was romanticised, becoming the inspiration for a variety of pirate-themed works of fiction.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Picture of the day for October 22, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 22, 2017: Bell tower of the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist at the Pine Forest in Moscow, Russia.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 22, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 22, 2017 is Amargasaurus.
Amargasaurus was a sauropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Argentina from roughly 129 to 122 million years ago, during the Early Cretaceous epoch. The only known skeleton was discovered in 1984 and is virtually complete. Amargasaurus cazaui, the only species in the genus, was a large animal reaching 9 to 10 meters (30 to 33 feet) in length, with two parallel rows of tall spines down its neck and back. The spines, taller than in any other known sauropod, probably protruded as solitary structures supporting a keratinous sheath, and may have been used for display, combat, or defense. Alternatively, they might have formed a scaffold supporting a skin sail. A herbivore, Amargasaurus probably fed at mid-height. Discovered in sedimentary rocks of the La Amarga Formation, it is most closely related to the Late Jurassic genera Dicraeosaurus, Brachytrachelopan and Suuwassea. Together, these genera form the family Dicraeosauridae, with shorter necks and smaller body sizes than other sauropods.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Picture of the day for October 21, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 21, 2017: An F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker en route to Barksdale Air Force Base (Louisiana, USA) to take part in Exercise Green Flag East. The exercise is a pre-deployment exercise for Air Combat Command flying units that perform close-air support and precision-guided munitions delivery. The F-16 is from the 120th Fighter Squadron of the Colorado Air National Guard.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 21, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 21, 2017 is Kragujevac massacre.
The Kragujevac massacre (21 October 1941) was the mass murder of almost 2,800 men and boys in the city of Kragujevac in the German-occupied territory of Serbia by German soldiers during World War II. Coming in reprisal for insurgent attacks that killed 10 German soldiers in the Gornji Milanovac district, it followed a punitive German operation in which 492 males were shot and four villages were burned down. The victims included Serbs, Jews, Romani people, Muslims, Macedonians, and Slovenes. The massacre exacerbated tensions between the two guerrilla movements, the communist-led Partisans and the royalist, Serbian nationalist Chetniks, and convinced Chetnik leader Draža Mihailović that further attacks against the Germans would only result in more Serb civilian deaths. Several senior German military officials were tried and convicted during and after the Nuremberg Trials for their involvement in the reprisal shootings. The massacre has been the subject of several poems and feature films. Commemorated annually in Serbia, it is memorialised at the October in Kragujevac Memorial Park and its 21st October Museum.

COFFERS meets FairTax: Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation - 21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] Open research seminar "COFFERS meets FairTax: Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation" is organized by the FairTax and COFFERS, the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation and the Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU. The European Union confronts increasing and persistent inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity and between generations, gender and regions. One common underlying factor is deficiencies in fiscal systems. Horizon 2020 project FairTax tries to find answers how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU Member States. Horizon 2020 project COFFERS identifies deficiencies and opportunities for upgrading in tax law, tax policy development, tax administration and enforcement. Registration is free and compulsory.

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Europe in a changing world - Information Day and Brokerage Event - 14 November 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] “The aim of the work programme 2018-2020 is to address the concerns of the European citizens regarding migration, the fourth industrial revolution and the challenges of governance by providing objective scientific elements of assessment regarding these phenomena and formulating elaborate policy options or applicable solutions in order to help better tackle these complex issues and inform citizens objectively” (Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies Work Programme 2018-2020). This international information-day event will highlight research topics covered within the 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals in Societal Challenge 6 Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies of Horizon 2020. Participants will have the possibility to join in a matchmaking event dedicated to the topics of the 2018 Societal Challenge 6 call for proposals. The matchmaking event will give participants the opportunity to join pre-arranged meetings with other participants in order to identify possible collaborators and to facilitate the setup of Horizon 2020 project consortia.

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Research Headlines - Biomarker tests to speed up cancer drug development

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU and industry-funded research into validating more imaging biomarkers for use in cancer drug trials seeks to speed up development of successful new drugs and avoid exposing patients to treatment that does not work for them.

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Science Café with Cyril Höschl - 24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] Science Café with Cyril Höschl is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of neurosciences. Our guest is director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Klecany, Czech Republic, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and former president of the European Psychiatric Association and the Federation of European Academies of Medicine. Professor Höschl is one of the founders of the psychoneuroendocrinology. His scientific work is focused on biological psychiatry, clinical psychopharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology and human ethology. Professor Höschl lectures psychiatry at the Third Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University. He is an honorary member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

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Smart solutions for the regions: UAS applied R&I increasing regional cooperation - 16-17 November 2017, Porto, Portugal

[Source: Research & Innovation] EURASHE will organise a two day seminar in Porto (Portugal) on 16-17 November in cooperation with Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administracao do Porto (ISCAP) and the Portuguese Polytechnics Coordinating Council (CCISP). The aim of the seminar is to present the current topics and new opportunities within the regional R&I cooperation between the higher education institutions and both regional authorities and businesses. The first day will focus on the cooperation between regional authorities/organisations and higher education institutions. It will consist of keynote speeches and a round table on regional aspects of the cooperation. The second day will continue the regional development theme, focusing also on the SME cooperation and the H2020 projects. T he keynotes are followed by parallel workshops on UAS participation in H2020, on increasing regional cooperation and on increasing student entrepreneurship.

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Workshop "European Pilot Production Network" on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials - 28 November 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] The workshop will introduce the EPPN and the planned activities and engage the pilot upscaling facilities and their users. The EPPN activities include creating an operational map of all European open pilot facilities and services for upscaling of nanotechnologies and advanced materials; connecting technology owners, users, innovation policy and programme managers and investors through a Digital Hub; and establishing an enhanced materials’ innovation ecosystem and attractive business environment for upscaling and innovation.The aim is to fully exploiting the business potential and improve the opportunities for technology uptake, demonstration and market deployment, offered by European upscaling facilities. The EPPN will also support the networking between public and private investors, as well as National and Regional resources and initiatives. The workshop will also show some best practices pilot projects and their impact, as well as examples of pilot projects preparing to provide upscaling services.This should facilitate discussions on how the EPPN can support the pilots, and how the pilots can get involved and contribute to establishing a European innovation eco-system with optimal impact.

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“HEALTHY URBAN LIVING”- H2020 information & matchmaking event 9-10 November - 9-10 November 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands

[Source: Research & Innovation] Interested in setting up an international project with partners from the Netherlands and other countries? University Medical Center Utrecht and regional parties together with the Dutch National Contact Point for Horizon2020 and the Enterprise Europe Network will organise 2 days dedicated to project building for research and technology innovation and funding information. Focus of this Healthy Urban Living event is to build international partnerships and set up projects on novel research ideas. Through site visits, information sessions, demonstrations, pitches, workshops and pre-arranged one-on-one meetings we aim to facilitate your participation in EU Horizon 2020 and Eurostars programmes.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Picture of the day for October 20, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 20, 2017: "Umschreibung" (circumscription) is an art installation by Olafur Eliasson, in Munich, Germany, and was built for the German headquarters of KPMG in 2004.

Horizon 2020: WP 2018 - 2020 Transport Info Day - REGISTER! - 13 December 2017, EC Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, B-1049

[Source: Research & Innovation] EC services responsible for transport research - DG RTD, DG MOVE and DG CNECT - in collaboration with INEA, are organising an information day to present the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 in the area of transport research and innovation. The event will take place in the morning of 13 December 2017 in Brussels. It will address potential applicants to the 2018 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 challenge 'Smart, green and integrated transport' . Presentations will cover the whole Work Programme 2018-2020, application procedures and will provide detailed information on the calls 2018. The event will be streamed in real time and a webstreaming link will be available 48 hours before the event via a dedicated link (to be activated at a later stage). Registration is compulsory and free of charge. Due to the limited number of seats available, only one representative per organisation will be accepted. To secure your seat, register ASAP! The Info Day will be followed by the ETNA2020 Networking and Brokerage event to take place in the afternoon at the same venue. For this latter, please register separately at: tuned and follow #H2020TransportInfo for more info, networking and partner search!

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EuroGEOSS launch event at GEO-XIV Plenary - 23 October 2017, Room Continental C RONALD REAGAN CONFERENCE CENTRE WASHINGTON DC USA

[Source: Research & Innovation] DG Research and Innovation will present during the GEO-XIV Plenary a side event dedicated to the launch of EuroGEOSS. EuroGEOSS is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with a focus on coordination and scaling-up user-driven applications being developed in Europe.EuroGEOSS will combine and coordinate Europe’s Earth observation activities in the context of GEO (Group on Earth Observations). The aim is to boost user uptake of Earth observation data and improve forecasting capabilities for sound decision-making by governments to benefit all Europeans.EuroGEOSS will be a gateway for European Earth Observation programmes and projects to GEOSS, with Copernicus as a major element.The agenda of the event and more details on EuroGEOSS are available below.

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Success Stories - Legumes see new life in flowerpots

[Source: Research & Innovation] Each year in Europe, the food industry discards millions of tonnes of vegetable residue and legumes. In Italy, scientists are using these leftovers to make bioplastics, an innovative and ecological material.

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Research Headlines - Are you prepared for a disaster? Help is at hand

[Source: Research & Innovation] An online platform developed by EU-funded researchers is helping emergency services, public authorities and communities to better prepare for and cope with disasters, potentially saving lives and protecting key infrastructure.

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EU Research and Innovation Day at COP23 - 15 November 2017, COP23, Bonn zone, EU pavilion, Room 1

[Source: Research & Innovation] European Commission's DG Research and Innovation is organising a EU Research and Innovation Day at COP 23. During this day, several issues - such as 1.5 & 2°C strategies, Arctic science contributions to implementing the Paris Agreement or Climate Services for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries - will be discussed. The complete programme is available below.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 19, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 19, 2017 is Henry III of England.
Henry III (1207–1272) was King of England from 1216 until his death. The son of King John and Isabella of Angoulême, Henry assumed the throne when he was only nine in the middle of the First Barons' War. He was known for his piety, holding lavish religious ceremonies, giving generously to charities, and adopting Edward the Confessor as his patron saint. In 1230 he attempted to reconquer the provinces of France that had once belonged to his father, but the invasion was a debacle, and a revolt broke out in 1232. He invaded Poitou in 1242, leading to the disastrous Battle of Taillebourg. In 1258 a coalition of his barons seized power in a coup. Henry and the baronial government enacted a peace treaty with King Louis IX of France in 1259, under which Henry gave up his other lands in France in return for recognition as the rightful ruler of Gascony. In 1263 one of the more radical barons, Simon de Montfort, seized power, resulting in the Second Barons' War. At the Battle of Lewes in 1264, Henry was taken prisoner. His eldest son, Edward, defeated de Montfort at the Battle of Evesham the following year and freed his father.

Picture of the day for October 19, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 19, 2017: Chain of the jetty at the Halterner Stausee, Haltern am See, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Research Headlines - Creating a one-stop-shop for smooth travel

[Source: Research & Innovation] From passengers to operators and retailers, everyone is in favour of a more intuitive and seamless travel experience. The Co-Active project will contribute to making this a reality. Initiatives include facilitating the purchase, exchange and refund of tickets for multimodal products and services through a 'one-stop-shop'.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 18, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 18, 2017 is Ice core.
An ice core is a core sample that is typically removed from an ice sheet or a high mountain glacier. Cores are drilled with hand augers (for shallow holes) or powered drills; they can reach depths of over two miles, and contain ice up to 800,000 years old. The physical properties of the ice and of material trapped in it can be used to reconstruct the climate over the age range of the core. The ratio of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes provides information about ancient temperatures, and the air trapped in tiny bubbles can indicate the level of atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide. Greenland ice cores contain layers of wind-blown dust that correlate with cold, dry periods in the past. Radioactive elements, either of natural origin or created by nuclear testing, can be used to date the layers of ice. Some volcanic events that were sufficiently powerful to send material around the globe have left a signature in many different cores that can be used to synchronize their time scales. Climate models can be constructed by piecing together all the available data.

Picture of the day for October 18, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 18, 2017: Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), a composite of three images. Labuk Bay, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Research Headlines - Sharper focus on gravitational waves

[Source: Research & Innovation] The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 provided groundbreaking information about the Universe. Building on this discovery, EU-funded scientists have now detected waves at three observatories, a first in astrophysics, making it possible to locate the signals’ origin and better apply the data they provide.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 17, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 17, 2017 is Roland TR-808.
The Roland TR-808 is a drum machine introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1980. Discontinued in 1983, it remains in use around the world. Launched at a time when electronic music had yet to become mainstream, the 808 was a commercial failure, but attracted a cult following for its affordability, ease of use, and idiosyncratic sounds, particularly its deep, booming bass drum. It became a cornerstone of the emerging electronic, dance, and hip hop genres, popularized by early hits such as Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" (1982) and Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force's "Planet Rock" (1982). The 808 is completely analog, meaning its sounds are generated by hardware rather than prerecorded. Only around 12,000 units were built, but the 808 was eventually used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Its popularity with hip hop artists in particular has made it one of the most influential inventions in popular music, comparable to the Fender Stratocaster and its influence on rock.

Picture of the day for October 17, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 17, 2017: Several White-backed Vultures (Gyps africanus) near Cuando River, Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Research Headlines - Food sharing puts sustainability on the menu

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers are carrying out a comprehensive analysis of urban food-sharing schemes, examining how they embrace modern technologies like the internet and smart phones. The worldwide study could help people living in cities make more sustainable use of food resources.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 16, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 16, 2017 is Long-tailed ground roller.
The long-tailed ground roller is a bird species found in arid spiny forests near the coast of southwestern Madagascar. Requiring shade and a deep layer of leaves on the ground, it has low population densities throughout its habitat. This species of ground roller primarily relies on its strong legs, as its wings are relatively weak. It is a medium-sized bird with a plump silhouette, dark brown upperparts with black streaks, light gray underparts, a white throat framed by black malar stripes, a black breastband, and sky-blue feathers at the edge of its wings and long tail. Calls are rarely made outside of the breeding season. It feeds primarily on invertebrates, including ants, beetles, butterflies, and worms, which it finds by searching through deep leaf litter or by remaining still and watching attentively. It is classified as a vulnerable species; the forests where it lives are not protected, and it is losing habitat to slash-and-burn agriculture, charcoal collection, and logging.

Picture of the day for October 16, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 16, 2017: Bottom view of the interior of the main dome of the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. The mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest still standing buildings in Iran and it has been continuously changing its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Picture of the day for October 14, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 14, 2017: Lettering guides for technical drawings.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 14, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 14, 2017 is Battle of Hastings.
The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, about 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Hastings. The death of the childless King Edward the Confessor in January of that year led to a bloody struggle for the throne. After Harold defeated his own brother Tostig and the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in September, William landed his invasion forces in the south of England at Pevensey. Harold marched swiftly to meet him, gathering forces as he went. The English army, with perhaps 10,000 infantry, met an invading force of perhaps 3,500 infantry and 3,500 cavalry and archers. After failing to break the English battle lines, the Normans pretended to flee in panic, then turned on their pursuers. Harold's death, probably near the end of the battle, led to the retreat and defeat of most of his army and to the Norman conquest of England. William was crowned as king on Christmas Day 1066.

New approaches to science for policy: an international SAPEA conference - 13 October 2017

[Source: Research & Innovation] This one-day SAPEA conference takes place on 13 October 2017 and will explore new approaches to science for policy from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. The conference will be hosted by the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn and is closely linked to the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research’s conference week European research excellence: value and impact for society. A highlight is TV presenter and academic, Professor Brian Cox, speaking on citizen engagement. The interface between research and policymaking will be discussed in 4 sessions: 1. Participation of citizens impact on science for policy, both through public events and new forms of technology and media 2. Policymakers changes in their approach to working with scientists a.Dr Johannes Klumpers, Head of SAM Unit, European Commission 3. Science and the provision of scientific evidence for policy changes in the academic community a.Professor Günter Stock, Chair of the SAPEA Board, President of ALLEA b.Professor Janusz Bujnicki, Member of the SAM High Level Group c.Professor Poul Holm, Chair SAPEA Working Group on Food From the Oceans 4. Changing roles of NGOs and business engagement in science for policy Rounding off the conference will be a panel on the role of NGOs and corporations in the provision of scientific advice for policy. Registration is now closed.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Picture of the day for October 13, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 13, 2017: Garden Pavilion in the park of Melk Abbey, Lower Austria

Wikipedia article of the day for October 13, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 13, 2017 is Ben Paschal.
Ben Paschal (October 13, 1895 – November 10, 1974) was an American Major League Baseball player for eight seasons between 1915 and 1929. He spent most of his career as the fourth outfielder and right-handed pinch hitter of the Murderers' Row championship teams of the New York Yankees in the late 1920s. He is best known for hitting .360 in the 1925 season while standing in for Babe Ruth, who missed the first 40 games with a stomach ailment. Paschal was described as a five-tool player, excelling at running, throwing, fielding, hitting percentage and power hitting. His playing time with the Yankees was limited because they already had future Baseball Hall of Famers Ruth and Earle Combs, along with Bob Meusel, in the outfield. Paschal was considered one of the best bench players in baseball during his time with the Yankees, and sportswriters agreed that he would have started for most other teams in the American League. He was one of the best pinch hitters in the game at a time when the term was still relatively new to baseball.

European Sustainable Chemistry Technology Platform Brokerage Event 2017 - 18 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] The SusChem 2017 Brokerage event is a unique opportunity for industry, academia, SMEs and other research and innovation actors to : • Ptich project ideas for the H2020 2018 and 2019 calls • Meet potential partners and build up consortia • Interact with other stakeholders The event is free of charge. SusChem has launched a series of videos on potential call topics and scope from the Horizon 2020 draft annual work porgramme 2018-2019. You can watch them @SusChem on Twitter and YouTube. Register by October 10

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Railways of the Future - 25 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] Participants will provide practical recommendations to meet industry’s needs through standardization.

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Swiss Science Briefing: Alternative ways of assessing research in Social Science and the Humanities - 19 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] Jointly organised by the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, SwissCore and the University of Geneva. This event will reflect on the role, output and evaluation of research in Social Science and Humanities by feeding the results of the Swiss programme “Research performances in the humanities and social sciences” (CUS –P3) into discussions on a European level. The invited discussants from the EC, LERU, EASSH, swissuniversities and the University of Geneva will touch on the more general debate on the role of SSH in society and in European research and innovation programmes.

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DANDELION Workshop "European integration, inequalities and citizens’ participation: How social sciences create value for policy and society” - 13 October 2017, Tallinn

[Source: Research & Innovation] DANDELION will organise a Thematic Workshop on 13 October 2017, as a side-event of the Estonian Presidency Research Policy Conference "European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society" that will take place in Tallinn, Estonia. The interactive roundtable discussion at the workshop will highlight how research from socio-economic sciences and humanities (SSH) contributes to understanding and coping with rising social inequalities and exclusion, how to foster citizens’ and especially youth participation in democratic processes, and not least, how to promote inclusive visions of EU integration. In a series of inputs, representatives from academia, policy-making, and the civil society will showcase “what works” in practice in terms of research transfer to other societal stakeholders for the common benefit. In the plenary discussion we will identify which factors enable the “ripeness” or readiness of research to deliver impact, which barriers need to be overcome, and when, how and whom to engage within the research process in order to generate value for policy and society.

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Valorisation Activities and SSH Research Ripeness for Impact - DANDELION Workshop - - 31 October 2017, Lisbon

[Source: Research & Innovation] In the context of the Conference “Democracy and Europe - our common future?”, the project DANDELION (‘Promoting EU funded projects of inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’) is organising a workshop on the 31st of October 2017 (14:30 to 17:15) around the theme of “Valorisation activities and SSH research Ripeness for Impact”. The workshop aims at bringing together SSH researchers, research managers, such as National Contact Points, and dissemination/impact managers, in order to generate actionable knowledge for the everyday practice of SSH research, and help demonstrate and enhance its unique value.

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World Forum for Democracy 2017 - From Fake to Fact: How to strengthen ties among Research, Policy, and Society to counter populism? - 9 November 2017, Strasbourg

[Source: Research & Innovation] ‘Post-fact’ politics is internationally fuelling concern, particularly in contested fields of public policy, such as social and minority rights, external relations and migration/refugee affairs, and, not least, counter-terrorism and -radicalisation. The interplay of value divergence and uncertainty has proved very vulnerable to opportunistic, simplistic discourses that blend out uncomfortable facts, disqualify opposing views, and polarise public opinion. Under such circumstances, the relationship among science, policy making, and society is taking a new twist: In the face of proliferation of fake news via social media, and the spread and ‘normalisation’ of uncivil and manipulative behaviours in the public sphere by populist and extremist parties for political gain, the demand for evidence-based resistance has become visible. While researchers, policy makers, and the media operate along different logics, interests, and time-frames for their action, there is a pressing need to re-examine responsibilities of research and academia, politicians and public administration, as well as the media and the organised civil society, and recast their strategic partnerships.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on October 12, 2017: Set of Gedore No. 7 combination wrenches in 6 to 19 mm sizes.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 12, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 12, 2017 is Saturn.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Named after the Roman god of agriculture, it is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. Although it has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, it is over 95 times more massive. The planet probably has a core of iron–nickel and rock, surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium, and a gaseous outer layer. Ammonia crystals give the upper atmosphere a pale yellow hue. Electrical current within the metallic hydrogen layer is thought to give rise to the planetary magnetic field. Wind speeds can reach 1,800 km/h (500 m/s), higher than on Jupiter, but not as high as on Neptune. A prominent ring system with nine continuous main rings and three smaller arcs is composed mostly of ice particles, with some rocky debris and dust. Saturn has hundreds of moonlets and at least 62 moons, including Titan, the second-largest moon in the Solar System and the only one with a substantial atmosphere.

Research Headlines - Cell-free heart valve offers promise of normal life

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have developed and tested a way to make human heart valve implants more tolerable and longer lasting, enabling recipients of all ages to avoid follow-up surgery and live largely normal lives, cutting hospital stays and healthcare costs.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on October 11, 2017: Orange Daylily, possibly a garden hybrid cultivar, Ukraine

Wikipedia article of the day for October 11, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 11, 2017 is Fork-marked lemur.
Fork-marked lemurs (the genus Phaner) are primates native to Madagascar. Weighing around 350 grams (0.77 lb) or more, they are some of the largest members of the family of dwarf and mouse lemurs in the suborder Strepsirrhini. They have a dorsal forked stripe, dark rings around their eyes, and large membranous ears. Like other members of their family, they are nocturnal, and sleep in tree holes and nests during the day. Males are very vocal, making repeated calls at the beginning and end of the night. Monogamous pairing is typical; females are dominant, and are thought to have only one offspring every two years or more. Fork-marked lemurs run quadrupedally across branches in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from dry deciduous forests to rainforests. Their diet consists primarily of tree gum and other exudates, though they may obtain some of their protein by hunting small arthropods later at night. Three of the four species are endangered and the other is listed as vulnerable. Their populations are in decline due to habitat destruction.

European Strategic Approach on Additive Manufacturing - 15 November 2017, Oeiras, Portugal

[Source: Research & Innovation] The objective of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders involved in key EU projects in Additive Manufacturing to promote the benefits of European Strategic Actions for Additive Manufacturing, stimulate synergies, maximize mutual benefits and map the collaboration path after the project ends, evaluate the impact of the exploitable results from these projects, explore possibilities offered under the new Horizon 2020 Work programme and develop future project ideas, partnerships and strategies

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Research Headlines - Better privacy protection online

[Source: Research & Innovation] How safe is your personal data? How do you know? With our various connected devices, our extensive browsing histories and all the apps running on our smartphones, it's hard to keep tabs on the details we might be making available willingly or unwittingly. An EU-funded project has set out to help people monitor and control their privacy online.

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Democracy and Europe - 30 October 2017, Pavilion of Knowledge, Lisbon

[Source: Research & Innovation] ‘Democracy and Europe’ will bring together perspectives that look at the past, tackle present challenges and look into the future of democracy in Europe and beyond. This encounter of multiple perspectives and actors – academics, civil society, and policy-makers – is of utmost importance to help us move towards a better society.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Picture of the day for October 10, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 10, 2017: Panoramic view of the village of Abyaneh from the Old castle, Barzrud Rural District, in the Central District of Natanz County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 305, in 160 families. Characterized by a peculiar reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 10, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 10, 2017 is Paul Kruger.
Paul Kruger (10 October 1825 – 14 July 1904) was one of the dominant political and military figures in 19th-century South Africa, and President of the South African Republic from 1883 to 1900. He was the face of the Boer cause against Britain during the Second Boer War of 1899–1902. As a child in the late 1830s, he took part in the Great Trek of people migrating east, away from the British Cape Colony. He witnessed the signing of the Sand River Convention with Britain in 1852 and over the next decade played a prominent role in the forging of the South African Republic, leading its commandos and resolving disputes between the rival Boer leaders and factions. After the South African Republic was annexed by Britain as the Transvaal, he became the leading figure in the movement to restore its independence, culminating in the Boers' victory in the First Boer War of 1880–81 and Britain's recognition of the republic as a fully independent state. During his presidency, tensions with Britain increased as thousands of predominantly British settlers arrived with the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. His portrait is on the Krugerrand, a gold bullion coin still being produced.

Evidence for Society: Transforming the future of European people through research - 8 November 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] The Conference “Evidence for Society: Transforming the future of European people through research” is jointly organized by the IMPACT-EV Consortium and Ms Soledad Cabezón, Member of the European Parliament, who has coordinated the Report on the assessment of Horizon 2020 implementation in view of its interim evaluation and the Framework Programme 9 proposal (2016/2147(INI)). The conference room counts with 163 seats distributed for a diversity of attendants: MEPs, representatives of EU member countries’ parliaments, scientists, and science managers as well as end-users involved or with an interest in the social impact of EU research. Due to the room’s limited capacity, if you are interested in attending the conference, please let us know by answering this e-mail to your earliest convenience. Evidence of the social impact achieved by EU funded projects will be presented by different agents including scientists, policy makers representing different levels of policy implementation – regional, national, and European- as well as end-users who have benefited from the social impact of EU research. The FP7 IMPACT-EV project is addressed to mapping and evaluating impact of research in Europe.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 9, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 9, 2017 is DNA nanotechnology.
DNA nanotechnology is the design and manufacture of technologically useful macromolecules using nucleic acids, the building blocks of DNA. In living cells, DNA is the carrier of genetic information. In the lab, strands of nucleic acids can spontaneously bind to form strong, rigid double helix structures with precisely controlled nanoscale features. Two- and three-dimensional crystal lattices, nanotubes, polyhedra, and various functional devices have been created. Tiles of nucleic acids can be assembled into larger units. Artificial DNA structures have been used to solve basic science problems in structural biology, biophysics and X-ray crystallography, and have helped identify protein structures through nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Potential applications in molecular scale electronics and nanomedicine are being investigated. The conceptual foundation for DNA nanotechnology was first laid out by Nadrian Seeman in the early 1980s, and the field began to attract widespread interest in the mid-2000s.

Picture of the day for October 9, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 9, 2017: Letterboxes, at Ocotillo Wells, California, United States

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 8, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 8, 2017 is Underwater diving.
Underwater diving is the practice of descending below the water's surface to interact with the environment. Humans are not biologically adapted for deep diving, and must use special equipment to extend the depth and duration of their dives. In ambient pressure diving, with direct exposure to the pressure of the surrounding water, the diver can use breathing apparatus for scuba diving or surface-supplied diving. For repeated deep dives, divers can reduce the risk of decompression sickness by living in a pressurized environment on the surface to prevent pressurization and depressurization as they dive. Atmospheric diving suits may be used to isolate the diver from high ambient pressure. Diving activities are restricted to maximum depths of about 40 metres (130 ft) for recreational scuba diving, 530 metres (1,740 ft) for commercial saturation diving, and 610 metres (2,000 ft) if atmospheric suits are worn. The history of breath-hold diving goes back at least to classical times, and there is evidence of prehistoric hunting and gathering of seafoods that may have involved underwater swimming.

Picture of the day for October 8, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 8, 2017: View of Ninomaru Palace at Nijō Castle, a flatland castle in Kyoto and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Picture of the day for October 7, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 7, 2017: California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) and a Western gull (Larus occidentalis) in La Jolla, San Diego, California.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 7, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 7, 2017 is No. 1 Wing RAAF.
No. 1 Wing was an Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force wing active during World War I and World War II. Established in September 1917 as the 1st Training Wing, it commanded Australian pilot training squadrons in England until April 1919, when it was disbanded. It was re-formed as No. 1 Wing on 7 October 1942 as a fighter unit of one British and two Australian flying squadrons equipped with Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, and a mobile fighter sector headquarters. The wing provided air defence to Darwin and several other key Allied bases in northern Australia. During its first months at Darwin, its fighters intercepted several air raids on Northern Australia by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and Imperial Japanese Navy. Although the wing was hampered by mechanical problems with its Spitfires and suffered heavy losses in some engagements, it eventually downed a greater number of Japanese aircraft than it lost in combat. The wing's two Australian flying squadrons were replaced with British units in July 1944, and it was disbanded after the war.

Research Headlines - Creating value from stony ground

[Source: Research & Innovation] An EU industry-funded project uses marginal land and hardy native plants to produce valuable chemicals for the possible manufacture of a range of products including cosmetics and bioplastics. The goal is to harness the potential of local areas and build a sustainable, profitable and job-creating value chain.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Picture of the day for October 6, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 6, 2017: Ripples and sunlight pattern in the shallow part of Brofjorden at Holländaröd, Sweden. Under some conditions (clear water, angle of sunlight, size of ripples, depth of water) the ripples acts like prisms dispersing the sunlight into small underwater rainbows projected on the bottom. At the same time some of the other ripples becomes "magnifying glasses" and enlarge the small rainbows.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 6, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 6, 2017 is Joehana.
Akhmad Bassah (flourished 1923–1930), known by his pen name Joehana, was an author of the Dutch East Indies who wrote stories, articles, and several novels in Sundanese. He worked for a time on the railroad before becoming an author by 1923. His strong interest in social welfare is evident in his novels. He has been classified as a realist owing to his use of the names of actual locations and products in his works, as well as the predominantly vernacular Sundanese in his novels, but influences from traditional theatrical forms such as wayang and literature such as pantun are also evident. Joehana's works cover a wide range of themes, especially social criticism and modernization. Although his writings were adapted to the stage and film, they received little academic attention until the 1960s, and critical consensus since then has been negative. Two of his works have been republished since the 1960s, and stage productions of his novel Rasiah nu Goreng Patut continued into the 1980s.

Research Headlines - How good gut health benefits mind and body

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have achieved a deeper understanding of how microbes in the gut can influence energy balance and behaviour. This could lead to new ways of tackling weight gain, eating disorders and even psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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Workshop "Agri-food SMEs collaborating for innovation along the supply chain - What, who, how?" - 17 October 2017, European Commission, Covent Garden Building, Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels, Room SDR1 / 00

[Source: Research & Innovation] This participatory workshop is focused on innovation in the Agri-Food sector. Around 60 invited Agri-food SMEs as well as innovation experts and policy makers are expected to have an inpiring an interesting group discussion on best practices for collaborative innovation and value sharing along the supply chain. More than 20 Agri-food SMEs will present examples of collaboration on innovation.

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A new ITER magnet in the spotlight

[Source: F4E] Discover the progress of Europe’s fifth Poloidal Field coil.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Picture of the day for October 5, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 5, 2017: Winged altar in late gothic style at the subsidiary church St. Michael ob Rauchenödt, Upper Austria

Wikipedia article of the day for October 5, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 5, 2017 is Cosmo Gordon Lang.
Cosmo Gordon Lang (1864–1945) was a prelate of the Church of England who served as Archbishop of York (1908–1928) and Archbishop of Canterbury (1928–1942). He was a parish priest in Leeds and Portsmouth, and a suffragan Bishop of Stepney, before his surprise appointment as Archbishop of York. A controversial speech in the House of Lords in 1908, against the Lords' proposal to reject David Lloyd George's 1909 "People's Budget", marked him as a radical, although he soon discarded this reputation. After the First World War he promoted church unity, and supported the failed attempt to revise the Book of Common Prayer. As Archbishop of Canterbury during the 1930s Lang condemned European fascism and anti-semitism. However, he later supported the appeasement policies of the British government, as necessary for the preservation of world peace. During the abdication crisis of 1936, he took a strong moral stance, his public comments being widely condemned as uncharitable towards the ex-king. After retiring in 1942 Lang considered himself a failure, believing he had achieved little. Others have praised his qualities of industry, efficiency, and commitment to his calling.

Success Stories - How global warming is changing when Europe's rain arrives

[Source: Research & Innovation] Along with the rest of the planet, Europe is bracing for the impacts of climate change. Some areas are facing a range of risks, ranging from droughts to floods, but how well do we understand what to expect and how to respond?

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Research Headlines - Putting lesser-known cereal crops on the table

[Source: Research & Innovation] Minor species of cereals - such as spelt, oat and rye - could provide European consumers with healthy, nutritious food that is sustainably produced. An EU-funded project is looking to bring these underused crops from farm to table by improving their genetic and commercial viability.

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Neutron testing of diagnostic sensor prototypes now completed

[Source: F4E] Testing focussed on assessing whether the diagnostic LTCC sensors will be able to withstand the exposure to neutrons in ITER.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Picture of the day for October 4, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 4, 2017: View of the Romanesque church of St Nicholas located in Portomarin, Province of Lugo, Galicia, Spain. The church dates from the 12th century and was moved stone by stone in 1960 to this spot from a location that is today part of a dam.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 4, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 4, 2017 is 2005 Azores subtropical storm.
The 2005 Azores subtropical storm was the nineteenth nameable storm of that year's record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. It developed on October 4 in the eastern Atlantic Ocean out of a low-pressure area that gained subtropical characteristics. Crossing over the Azores later that day, it became extratropical again the following day. No damage or fatalities were reported. The storm was not officially named by the US National Hurricane Center as it was classified at the time as a non-tropical low, partly due to its unusual location and wide wind field. Months after the hurricane season, when the Center was performing its annual review of the season and its named storms, forecasters Jack Beven and Eric Blake identified a well-defined center convecting around a warm core—the hallmark of a subtropical storm. After being absorbed into a cold front, the system went on to become Hurricane Vince. Weakening to a tropical depression, this storm became the first tropical system to make landfall on the Iberian Peninsula since the 1842 Spain hurricane.

Research Headlines - Weighing the evidence: insights from European childhood obesity study

[Source: Research & Innovation] Child obesity is not a challenge families can tackle on their own, say EU-funded researchers. Following a five-year study involving thousands of children, they conclude that governments must do more to help.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Picture of the day for October 3, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 3, 2017: Junonia orithya is a species of nymphalid butterfly with many subspecies found in Africa, Asia and Australia.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 3, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 3, 2017 is Confusion (album).
Confusion is a 1975 studio album by Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti (pictured) and his band. It was arranged, composed, and produced by Kuti, who emphasized his African heritage and nationalism on the album. Confusion is a commentary on post-colonial Lagos and its lack of infrastructure and proper leadership. Kuti's pidgin English lyrics depict difficult conditions in the city, including frenetic, multilingual street markets and inextricable traffic jams at Lagos' major intersections. Confusion is a one-song Afrobeat album with an entirely instrumental first half featuring free form interplay between Kuti's electric piano and Tony Allen's percussion. It leads to an extended mid-tempo section with polyrhythms by Allen and tenor saxophone by Kuti, who follows with call-and-response vocal passages. Since the record's release by EMI, it has been praised by music critics, who found it exemplary of Kuti's Afrobeat style and recommended it as a highlight from his extensive catalog. In both 2000 and 2010, Confusion was reissued and bundled with Kuti's 1973 Gentleman album.

Research Headlines - Advances in optics to transform communication systems

[Source: Research & Innovation] Precision mechanical sensors are a fundamental part of modern technologies and are used to stabilise aeroplanes, predict earthquakes, deploy life-saving airbags, monitor the integrity of bridges, and even time computer processes. Despite being used almost universally, their precision is generally limited by the electronic circuits used to monitor them. The EU-funded cQOM project has been working on using light instead of electronics to monitor these sensors to significantly enhance precision and reliability.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Picture of the day for October 2, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 2, 2017: View of the Old Town Square in Prague (Czech Republic)

Wikipedia article of the day for October 2, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 2, 2017 is 1926 World Series.
The 1926 World Series of Major League Baseball began on October 2 at Yankee Stadium, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the New York Yankees. The National League champion Cardinals defeated the American League champion Yankees four games to three. This was the first World Series appearance for the Cardinals, and the first of eleven World Series championships in Cardinals history, while the Yankees were in their fourth World Series in six years. In the Yankees' 10–5 Game 4 win, Babe Ruth hit three home runs, a World Series record that has been equaled only four times since. According to newspaper reports, Ruth had promised before the game that he would hit a home run and dedicate it to a sickly boy named Johnny Sylvester. An alternative version of this story, later portrayed in The Babe Ruth Story, claims that Ruth went to Sylvester's hospital bed and made the promise in person. This story is disputed by contemporary baseball historians, but it remains one of the most famous anecdotes in baseball history.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for October 1, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 1, 2017 is The Founding Ceremony of the Nation.
The Founding Ceremony of the Nation is a 1953 oil painting by Chinese artist Dong Xiwen. It depicts Mao Zedong and other Communist officials inaugurating the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 1949. A prominent example of socialist realism, it is one of the most celebrated works of official Chinese art. After the Communists took control of China, they sought to memorialize their achievements through artworks. Dong was commissioned, and completed the oil painting in three months in a folk art style, drawing on historical Chinese art. The success of the painting was assured when Mao viewed it and liked it, and it was reproduced in large numbers for display in homes. Dong was ordered to remove Gao Gang from the painting in 1954 and Liu Shaoqi in 1967, after government purges. In 1972 a reproduction was painted by other artists to accommodate another deletion. After the purged officials were rehabilitated, the replica was modified in 1979 to include them. Both canvases are in the National Museum of China in Beijing.

Picture of the day for October 1, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on October 1, 2017: Swine skeleton, after technique of bone maceration, on display at the University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for September 30, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for September 30, 2017 is Washington v. Texas.
Washington v. Texas (1967) is a US Supreme Court case about the right of criminal defendants to have witnesses testify on their behalf. The Court decided that the Compulsory Process Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution applied in state courts as well as federal courts. At his trial Jackie Washington had attempted to call his co-defendant as a witness but was blocked because state law prevented co-defendants from testifying for each other, under the theory that they might lie for each other on the stand. The Supreme Court reasoned that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment gives defendants the right to fair proceedings, including the right to compel defense witnesses to testify. In previous cases, the Supreme Court had ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment, which was adopted after the Civil War, makes many federal guarantees in the Bill of Rights applicable to the states. The impact of Washington was narrowed by a later case, Taylor v. Illinois (1988), in which the Court said that "countervailing public interests" could be balanced against a defendant's right to present witnesses.

Picture of the day for September 30, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 30, 2017: Ceiling of the Sioni Cathedral, a Georgian Orthodox cathedral in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The cathedral is situated in historic Sionis Kucha (Sioni Street) in downtown Tbilisi. It was initially built in the 6th and 7th centuries. Since then, it has been destroyed by foreign invaders and reconstructed several times. The current church is based on a 13th-century version with some changes from the 17th to 19th centuries. The Sioni Cathedral was the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the seat of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia until the Holy Trinity Cathedral was consecrated in 2004.

Directorate-General Research & Innovation at the European Health Forum Gastein - 4 October 2017, Bad Hofgastein, Austria

[Source: Research & Innovation] DG Research & Innovation invites you to take part in the two interactive sessions organised at the European Health Forum Gastein. • Workshop on 4 October: "Personalised healthcare: How rare diseases pave the way", will focus on rare diseases research and care in Europe, the use of "omics" & Real-World Data, health data infrastructures and health data policy. • Session on 5 October: "Environment & Health: Building the evidence base for policy", will highlight the important role research plays in establishing and maintaining a strong evidence base for policy-making in the steadily evolving area of environment and health.

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Research Headlines - Cloud particle study improves accuracy of climate models

[Source: Research & Innovation] Clouds play a key role in cooling the Earth's surface through dispersing rain and reflecting sunlight back into space. Through studying the role of secondary aerosol particles in cloud formation, EU-funded researchers hope to help sharpen future climate projections based on global models.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for September 29, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for September 29, 2017 is Michael Francis Egan.
Michael Francis Egan (September 29, 1761 – July 22, 1814) was a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Born in Ireland, he joined the Franciscan Order at a young age. He was ordained a priest, probably in Prague, in 1785 or 1786. He advanced rapidly to positions of responsibility in the Franciscan order, becoming custos (guardian) in the province of Munster in Ireland, then at the Pontifical College at the home of Irish Franciscans in Rome, and later at Ennis in Ireland. Egan arrived in the United States in January 1802 to serve as an assistant pastor near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His reputation as a gifted preacher secured him a position in 1803 as a pastor at St. Mary's Church in Philadelphia. In 1808, he was appointed the first Bishop of Philadelphia, holding that position until his death in 1814. His tenure as bishop saw the construction of new churches and the expansion of the Catholic Church membership in his diocese, but much of his time was consumed by disputes with the lay trustees of St. Mary's Church.

Picture of the day for September 29, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 29, 2017: Fresco in the dome of Maria Taferl Basilica (Lower Austria) by Antonio Beduzzi (1714-1718): Life and assumption of Mary

Success Stories - Software platforms support effective emergency responses

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have developed two cutting-edge software platforms that European crisis responders can now use to improve coordination, communication and preparedness. The platforms could help prevent catastrophes escalating, reduce economic losses and save lives.

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Big Data for Better Outcomes in Healthcare - 9 October 2017, Berlin, Germany

[Source: Research & Innovation] The big data revolution promises transformational potential for healthcare through data-driven improvements in research & development, care delivery, and policy-making. As health systems around the world routinely collect a wealth of data every day, we are facing the question: how can we use big data to improve patient’s lives? In a public lecture, Dr Jem Rashbass (National Director Disease Registration and Cancer Analysis at Public Health England) will outline how health systems can turn big data into information. A high-profile panel will comment on how this information ca be put to use, implications of big data for healthcare system transformation, and patients’ perspectives on the collection and use of highly personal data.

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Italy celebrates 20 years of scientific excellence through membership of the Institut Laue-Langevin - 5 October 2017, Trieste, Italy

[Source: Research & Innovation] 2017 is a milestone year for Italy at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), marking the 20th anniversary of its Scientific Membership. Together with the Italian Society for Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN), the ILL will hold a special session on October 5, at the SISSA Miramare Campus in Trieste. [The celebration is run as a satellite event of the FisMat conference, running from October 1st to October 6th.] Chaired by Corrado SPINELLA (Head of 'Physical Sciences and technologies of matter' department at the CNR) the conference will provide the audience with 7 presentations from both Italian users and Grenoble-based researchers. Pr Mark Johnson (ILL Associate Director and Head of the ILL Science Division) will also give a plenary lecture in honour of the great minds that contributed to such a striking success, highlighting the many scientific outcomes the 20-year partnership has nurtured. Cocktail and social diner will follow for all registered participants.

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Research Headlines - Certification scheme promises security sector boost

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have developed a common assessment scheme for security products that fully takes into account issues such as data protection and fundamental rights. This will help to harmonise the EU market, build up consumer trust and bring innovations to market faster.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Picture of the day for September 28, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 28, 2017: Black-headed weaver (Ploceus cucullatus bohndorffi) male, in his breeding plumage, building a nest in Uganda. Females choose a mate based on their nest-weaving skills.

Wikipedia article of the day for September 28, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for September 28, 2017 is Gods' Man.
Gods' Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905–1985) published in 1929. In 139 captionless woodblock prints it tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush. It was the first American wordless novel, and is seen as a precursor of, and influence on, the graphic novel. Ward first encountered the wordless novel with Frans Masereel's The Sun (1919) while studying art in Germany in 1926. He returned to the United States in 1927 and established a career for himself as an illustrator. He found Otto Nückel's wordless novel Destiny (1926) in New York City, and it inspired him to create a similar work. Gods' Man appeared a week before the Wall Street Crash of 1929; it nevertheless enjoyed strong sales and remains the best-selling American wordless novel. Its success inspired other Americans to experiment with the medium, including cartoonist Milt Gross, who parodied it in He Done Her Wrong (1930). In the 1970s Ward's example inspired cartoonists Art Spiegelman and Will Eisner to create their first graphic novels.

Success Stories - Access to free, simple and profitable privacy solutions

[Source: Research & Innovation] By creating an innovative, open-source privacy enforcement platform, the EU-funded project OPERANDO aims to give end-users complete control over their own personal data, allowing them to choose what is available to whom, where and when.

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Research Headlines - Improving heart health with a single pill

[Source: Research & Innovation] An EU-funded project is carrying out the first clinical trial among elderly cardiac patients of a novel multi-medication pill to prevent recurrent heart attacks, improve the efficacy of care and save lives.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for September 27, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for September 27, 2017 is Spotted green pigeon.
The spotted green pigeon is a species of pigeon which is most likely extinct. It was first mentioned and described in 1783 by John Latham, who claimed to have seen two specimens and a drawing depicting the bird. Today, the species is only known from a specimen kept in World Museum, Liverpool. Overlooked for much of the 20th century, it was only recognised as a valid extinct species by the IUCN Red List in 2008. In 2014 a genetic study confirmed it as a distinct species related to the Nicobar pigeon, and showed that the two were the closest relatives of the extinct dodo and Rodrigues solitaire. The remaining specimen is 32 cm (12.5 in) long, and has very dark, brownish plumage with a green gloss. The neck-feathers are elongated, and most of the feathers on the upperparts and wings have a yellowish spot on their tips. It has a black bill with a yellow tip, and the end of the tail has a pale band. It has relatively short legs and long wings. It may have been native to an island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean or the Indian Ocean, and it has been suggested that a bird referred to in 1928 as titi by Tahitian islanders was this bird.

Picture of the day for September 27, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 27, 2017: A sports car Lamborghini Gallardo during a race of Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

Success Stories - Europe's cathedrals get new life thanks to nanoparticles

[Source: Research & Innovation] The current phase of restoration of the Pisa Cathedral started 4 years ago, with workers using traditional restoration techniques. But this could soon change thanks to innovative materials being tested.

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Research Headlines - Encouraging cooperation to protect essential infrastructure

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure - such as electricity and telecommunication - when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for September 26, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for September 26, 2017 is St Botolph's Church, Quarrington.
St Botolph's Church is an Anglican place of worship in the village of Quarrington, part of the civil parish of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, England. By the time Domesday Book was compiled in 1086, a church in Quarrington was part of Ramsey Abbey's fee, and around 1165 it was granted to Haverholme Priory. The right to present the rector was claimed by the Abbey in the 13th century, by the Bishop of Lincoln in the early 16th century, and by Robert Carre and his descendants after Carre acquired a manor at Quarrington. The oldest parts of the current building date to the 13th century, although substantial rebuilding took place over the following century. Renovations followed and the local architect Charles Kirk the Younger carried out restoration work in 1862 and 1863, when he added a chancel in his parents' memory. The church consists of a tower and spire with a nave and north aisle spanning eastwards to the chancel. With capacity for 124 people, the church serves the ecclesiastic parish of Quarrington with Old Sleaford. Recognised for its age and tracery, the church has been designated a grade II* listed building.

Picture of the day for September 26, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 26, 2017: A new Type A36 tram on Lidingöbanan crossing Lidingöbron (the Lidingö bridge), Stockholm, Sweden on 24th October 2015. Lidingöbanan (the Lidingö line) was reopened on 24 October after being closed since summer 2013 for engineering works, modernisation and installation of new equipment.

What lies beneath the lid at the Tokamak pit?

[Source: F4E] Discover the secret of the ITER site and the progress of its main facilities.

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Research Headlines - 'Green chemistry' for pharmaceuticals

[Source: Research & Innovation] An EU-funded project is exploring techniques to produce key ingredients required for pharmaceuticals through more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly processes.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Picture of the day for September 25, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on September 25, 2017: Night view of the World Clock (Urania-Weltzeituhr), Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany. The 10 metres (33 ft)-high clock shows the time in 148 cities worldwide and was inaugurated in 1969. The clock has become one of the symbols of Berlin and is a popular meeting point for the people in the capital.