Monday, July 31, 2017

Open Science Policy Symposium || Associated Event, 2017 Estonian Presidency - 28 September 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] The policy symposium is organised by the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, SwissCore and Frontiers, in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Speakers and panellists will discuss the contribution of digital Open Science to driving innovative solutions towards a sustainable society, as well as the economic growth, and the need for European and global policies that accelerate a full transition to Open Science. Confirmed speakers already include: Mr Kurt Vandenberghe: Director, Policy Development and Coordination, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission - Dr Kamila Markram, CEO, Frontiers, Open Science Platform - Professor Michel Goldman, I3h Université Libre de Bruxelles and former Executive Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)- Professor Urmas Kõljalg, Open Science Expert Group, Estonian Research Council. The symposium will be followed by a networking reception

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Water Reuse Europe Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse - 9-10 October 2017, Bruges, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] WRE’s First Conference and Exhibition will take place in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Bruges. Designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its medieval heritage, the “Little Venice of the North” will be the perfect location to bring together companies and organisations active in the water reuse sector for a two day event packed with presentations from prestigious speakers, discussions, and technical visits including to the world renowned Torreele Water Reclamation Scheme for indirect potable reuse. The conference will bring together reuse scheme developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants to share experiences and perspectives on the current status of water reuse in Europe. You can expect an informative experience and some lively debate as we discuss the importance and future of the European water reuse sector as a major component of the circular economy and review how recent innovations in technology and management are delivering successful reuse schemes across the continent.

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Research Headlines - Using science to select prize pigs

[Source: Research & Innovation] The EU-funded MARKTHEPIG project is using pioneering genetic research techniques to uncover why particular physical traits occur in certain pigs. The project is expected to advance precision livestock breeding techniques and could lead to a more profitable yet sustainable EU pig-breeding sector.

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Opening up to an ERA of Social Innovation Conference - 27-28 November 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

[Source: Research & Innovation] The conference will help script a new narrative for social innovation and inform the design of the future framework programme (FP) for research and innovation of the European Union (EU) for the period 2020–2027. The FP is open to the world and serves the advancement of science and the promotion of innovation internationally. The next FP should lend its support to reconciling economic and social performances by embedding social innovation in each element of its construct. Consequently, the conference will focus on sharing experience, learning about new trends, and networking to increase the effectiveness of social innovation as a global public policy instrument. The conference is jointly organised by the European Commission, the Portuguese Government and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. It will be hosted by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernisation of Portugal, and Isabel Mota, President of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 31, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 31, 2017 is Gubby Allen.
Gubby Allen (1902–1989) was a cricketer who captained England in eleven Test matches. Born in Sydney, Australia, on 31 July 1902, his family moved to London when he was six. In first-class matches, he played for Middlesex and Cambridge University. A fast bowler and hard-hitting lower-order batsman for England, Allen was appointed captain in 1936 and led the team during the unsuccessful 1936–37 tour of Australia. He captained England in a Test series in the West Indies in 1947–48. He later became an influential cricket administrator who held key positions in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which effectively ruled English cricket at the time. He was instrumental in the creation of an MCC coaching manual, and worked hard to eliminate illegal bowling actions. As chairman of selectors from 1955 to 1961, he presided over a period of great success for English cricket, during which he worked closely with the Test captain Peter May. In 1963, he became MCC's president, and was made the club's treasurer the following year. In this role, he was deeply involved in the D'Oliveira affair, a controversy over the potential selection of Basil D'Oliveira to tour South Africa. He was knighted in 1986.

Picture of the day for July 31, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 31, 2017: Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's arg ("citadel") and is one of the oldest of the historic monuments in the city.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2017 is Giganotosaurus.
Giganotosaurus ("giant southern lizard") is a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Argentina, around 99.6 to 97 million years ago. It was one of the largest known terrestrial carnivores, but the exact size has been hard to determine from the incomplete remains found so far. The holotype specimen, discovered in Patagonia in 1993, is almost 70% complete, and indicates a length of 12 to 13 m (39 to 43 ft), a skull 1.53 to 1.80 m (5.0 to 5.9 ft) in length, and a weight of 4.2 to 13.8 t (4.6 to 15.2 short tons). A length of 13.2 m (43 ft) has been extrapolated from another individual's dentary bone. Some researchers believe the animal to be larger than Tyrannosaurus, generally considered the largest theropod. The skull was low, with a ridge-like crest in front of the eye. The teeth were serrated, and the front of the lower jaw was flattened. Giganotosaurus is thought to have had a homeothermic metabolism, between that of a mammal and a reptile, which would have enabled rapid growth but not fast movement. It was probably the apex predator of its ecosystem, feeding on juvenile sauropod dinosaurs.

Picture of the day for July 30, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 30, 2017: Composite image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 29, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 29, 2017 is Isidor Isaac Rabi.
Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898–1988) was an American physicist and Nobel laureate. Born on 29 July 1898 into a traditional Jewish family in what was then part of Austria-Hungary, Rabi came to the United States as a baby and was raised in New York's Lower East Side. In collaboration with Gregory Breit, he developed the Breit-Rabi equation, and predicted that the Stern–Gerlach experiment could be modified to confirm the properties of the atomic nucleus. During World War II he worked on radar at the MIT Radiation Laboratory, and on the Manhattan Project. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1944 for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance, used in spectroscopy and imaging. He was also one of the first scientists in the US to work on the cavity magnetron, a key component in microwave radar and microwave ovens. After the war, he served on the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission, and was its chairman from 1952 to 1956. He was Science Advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was involved in the creation of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (1947) and CERN (1954).

Picture of the day for July 29, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 29, 2017: The Skaftafellsheiði plateau, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, provides a picturesque view of Skaftafellsjökull, a glacier terminus of the Vatnajökull, the adjacent glacier lake below, and River Skeiðará originating from it.

Managing socio-cultural factors during emergencies in public transport systems - 21-22 September 2017, Rome, Italy

[Source: Research & Innovation] The IMPACT project will held its Final Dissemination Event "Managing socio-cultural factors during emergencies in public transport systems" in Rome (Italy), 21-22 September 2017. IMPACT is a CSA of the European Commission investigating the key role played by cultural factors in managing safety and security issues related to emergencies in public transport systems. The final event will bring together experts, researchers, practitioners and relevant stakeholders in the different transport domains, including service providers, first responders, law enforcement and national and international regulators. Keynote speakers, like Gert Jan Hofstede and Marcel Altenburg, will provide the impetus for a discussion on current research trends in socio-cultural aspects relevant for ensuring safety and security in modern transport hubs. The event will also host a panel session dedicated to introducing the LETS-CROWD H2020 project, recently started.

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R2B Meeting on Vibrational Spectroscopy and NMR techniques for industrial applications - 20 October 2017, Trieste, Italy

[Source: Research & Innovation] CERIC-ERIC ( is bringing together researchers from its partners facilities and industry representatives, for a one day Research to Business (R2B) meeting at the CERIC headquarters in Trieste on October 20th, with the objective of encouraging and strengthening future collaborations and projects. During the event, organized in the framework of the ACCELERATE project, researchers will present some of the possible applications of synchrotron light techniques and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), for sectors such as textile, food, biomedical and polymers, allowing to perform quantitative and qualitative characterisation of organic and inorganic materials.

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Research Headlines - Infrared camera is a world-beater

[Source: Research & Innovation] A French SME has created the world's fastest and most sensitive infrared scientific camera with support from EU funding. Initially developed for astronomy, the technology is expected to find numerous applications in research and industry.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 28, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 28, 2017 is Yugoslav monitor Sava.
The ship that became the Yugoslav monitor Sava began as SMS Bodrog, a river monitor built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. She and two other monitors fired the first shots of World War I on the night of 28 July 1914, when they shelled Serbian defences near Belgrade. She fought the Serbian and Romanian armies during the war, and was captured in its closing stages. She was transferred to the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), and renamed Sava. During the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, she fought off several air attacks, but was scuttled on 11 April. Sava was later raised by the Independent State of Croatia, an Axis puppet state, and continued to serve under that name until 1944 when she was again scuttled. Following World War II, Sava was raised again, and was refurbished to serve in the Yugoslav Navy from 1952 to 1962. After that she became a commercial gravel barge. In 2005, the government of Serbia granted her limited heritage protection after citizens demanded that she be preserved as a floating museum.

Picture of the day for July 28, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 28, 2017: Speedway riders Joni Keskinen (Team Jokerit, Kauhajoki), Marko Suojanen (Team Paholaiset, Pori) and Jiri Nieminen (Team Jokerit) riding in a Speedway Extraliiga competition at the Yyteri speedway, Finland.

Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans - 13 November 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] The holding of this Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans on 13 November 2017 in Brussels follows the request to SAM to investigate this topic from the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, via the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. It was taken on board by the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission (SAM) High Level Group (HLG). The scientific evidence project is supported by the Science Advice for Policy European Academies (SAPEA) Consortium financed through the Horizon 2020 grant 737432. A scoping paper was prepared by DG MARE (lead), DG ENV and DG RTD in September 2016. A final version was approved on 2nd December 2016. The scientific advice in the form of an Opinion Report is planned for delivery by the end of November 2017. After having already consulted scientific experts on 14 September 2017, the HLG will present draft findings and observations to stakeholders and gather reactions, while encouraging a fruitful and informative exchange of views.

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Expert Workshop on Food from the Ocean - 14 September 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] This Expert Workshop on Food from the Ocean will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 14 September 2017. It is organised by the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) and Science Advice for Policy by European Academies EC Consortium (SAPEA). The purpose of the workshop is to permit critique by the wider expert community of the evidence review and synthesis produced by SAPEA so that work can begin on the SAM HLG Scientific Opinion. In other words, the workshop should help bridge from the evidence review stage to the drafting and elaboration of the Scientific Opinion which will inform relevant policy development work in the European Commission. It should help to identify the scientific evidence which is more likely to have practical implications on timescales which are relevant for EU policy development. There will be sessions organised into three groups: I. Natural Sciences II. Economics and Social III. Political Sciences All presentations, workshop documents and the list of participants will be made public.

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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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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Picture of the day for July 27, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 27, 2017: Nasser Al-Attiyah driving his Ford Fiesta S2000 at Rannakylä shakedown in Muurame of the Neste Oil Rally Finland 2010.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 27, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 27, 2017 is Roosevelt dime.
The Roosevelt dime is the current ten-cent piece of the United States, displaying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the obverse. Authorized soon after his death in 1945, it has been produced by the Mint continuously since 1946 in large numbers. Roosevelt had been stricken with polio, and was one of the moving forces of the March of Dimes. The ten-cent coin could legally be changed by the Mint without the need for congressional action, and officials moved quickly to replace the Mercury dime. Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock prepared models, but faced repeated criticism from the Commission of Fine Arts. He modified his design in response, and the coin went into circulation in January 1946. The Mint transitioned from striking the coin in silver to base metal in 1965, and the design remains essentially unaltered from when Sinnock created it. Without rare dates or silver content, the dime is less widely sought by coin collectors than other modern American coins.

Validating the best welding techniques to deliver ITER Test Blanket Modules

[Source: F4E] How is Europe progressing towards the manufacturing of these components?

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Research Headlines - Brain mapping techniques aim to improve epilepsy diagnoses

[Source: Research & Innovation] Novel computing tools and advanced algorithms developed by EU-funded researchers are leading to next-generation electroencephalography technologies to help doctors map brain activity and diagnose disorders faster and more accurately.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on July 26, 2017: Rebar mesh of steel wires are used to reinforce concrete when constructing buildings and structures.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 26, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 26, 2017 is Calvatia sculpta.
Calvatia sculpta, commonly known as the sculpted puffball, is a species of puffball fungus in the family Agaricaceae. Up to 8 to 15 cm (3.1 to 5.9 in) tall by 8 to 10 cm (3.1 to 3.9 in) wide, the pear- or egg-shaped puffball is readily recognizable from the large pyramidal or polygonal warts covering its surface. It is edible when young, before the spores inside the fruit body disintegrate into a brownish powder. Originally described from the Sierra Nevada, C. sculpta is found in mountainous areas in western North America, and was found in a Brazilian dune in 2008. It may be easily confused with Calbovista subsculpta, a similar puffball that—in addition to differences observable only with microscopy—is larger, and has slightly raised warts with a felt-like texture. Other similar species include Calvatia arctica and immature specimens of Amanita magniverrucata. The species was first described in 1885 by American mycologist Harvey Willson Harkness, who called it "a curious and strikingly beautiful species".

Success Stories - Dyed without waste

[Source: Research & Innovation] A factory in Belgium specialises in dyeing fabrics. Every year around 12,000 kilometres of textile materials are dyed. And for that, millions of litres of water are needed. After use, the water is full of colorants, chemicals and salts.

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Research Headlines - Singing the praises of science careers for young Europeans

[Source: Research & Innovation] The EU-funded PERFORM project is exploring innovative ways to overcome a lack of interest in science careers among young Europeans. Solutions include using performing arts in secondary schools around Europe to encourage engagement with science.

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Hydrogen for clean transport - 22 September 2017, Brussels, Belgium

[Source: Research & Innovation] This event brings together the most innovative European hydrogen initiatives in the transport sector. On Friday 22 September 2017 sector experts will share the latest learnings from the FCH JU funded HyFIVE and H2ME 1 & 2 projects and demonstrate hydrogen technology as the solution to advancing the EU’s air quality and green agenda. The morning part of the event will be dedicated to the HyFIVE final conference including conclusions from the project and discussions on the benefits of zero-emission hydrogen technology in project regions. This will give participants the chance to find out how hydrogen technology is closely linked to the EU’s air quality and green agenda and will highlight next steps beyond the project. In the afternoon, a roundtable hosted by the H2ME project will take place, hosting a discussion about how hydrogen and fuel cell technology (HFC) can support the EU’s decarbonisation goals and how to address the remaining barriers to uptake of HFC technologies in the transport sector.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Picture of the day for July 25, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 25, 2017: Vault ceiling of the entrance to the Ganjali Bathhouse, built in 1631 and part of a building complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The frescos are painted with ornaments of the Safavid era.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 25, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 25, 2017 is Kill 'Em All.
Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983, by the independent record label Megaforce Records. It is a groundbreaking album for thrash metal, which fuses riffs of the new wave of British heavy metal with hardcore punk tempos. Its musical approach and lyrics, markedly different from rock's mainstream of the early Eighties, inspired other thrash metal bands. The album did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it peaked at number 155, following Metallica's commercial success with its third studio album Master of Puppets; the 1988 Elektra reissue peaked at number 120. Kill 'Em All was critically praised at the time of its release and was ranked at number 35 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list. It was certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999 for shipping three million copies in the United States. The album generated two singles: "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire". Metallica promoted the album on the Kill 'Em All for One tour with Raven in the United States.

Success Stories - Room to manoeuvre - solving the airspace capacity crunch

[Source: Research & Innovation] Stories of new applications for unmanned aircraft are now regular features in newspapers - from aerial photography to parcel delivery and personalised air transport. What seemed like a surreal future-scape just 10 years ago is fast becoming reality. The challenge is how to keep all these aircraft away from each other in the sky. EU-funded researchers have used simulations and visual modelling to find a solution.

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Research Headlines - Promoting pioneering food-processing technology

[Source: Research & Innovation] By overcoming the bottlenecks and barriers hindering market uptake of innovative food-processing technologies, the EU-funded i3-Food project aims to reduce food waste and improve the quality and shelf life of products.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 24, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 24, 2017 is Monte Ne.
Monte Ne is a former health resort and planned community in the U.S. state of Arkansas, open from 1901 to the mid-1930s. It was owned and operated by William Hope Harvey, a financial theorist and writer, in the Ozark hills of the White River valley east of Rogers on the edge of Beaver Lake. Two of its hotels, Missouri Row and Oklahoma Row, were the largest log buildings in the world at the time, and Oklahoma Row's tower is one of the earliest examples of a multi-story concrete structure. The resort was not a financial success, due in part to Harvey's management style, and shortly after his death the property was sold off. The remainder of the resort and town was almost completely submerged after Beaver Lake was created in 1964. The severely vandalized Oklahoma Row tower is the only remaining structure that can be seen at normal lake levels. The area on the edge of Beaver Lake still referred to as Monte Ne, owned and managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, serves mainly as a boat ramp.

Picture of the day for July 24, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 24, 2017: Oxyopes javanus is a spider in the family Oxyopidae, commonly known as Lynx spiders.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 23, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 23, 2017 is 1983 Atlantic hurricane season.
The 1983 Atlantic hurricane season was the least active Atlantic hurricane season in 53 years. Although the season begins by convention on June 1, there were no tropical depressions until July 23, and only four of the season's seven depressions became tropical storms. Tropical Depression Three became Hurricane Alicia (satellite image pictured) on August 17 and made landfall in Texas the next day, breaking thousands of glass windows in Houston's skyscrapers, killing 22 people and causing $1.7 billion in damage. The storm that became Hurricane Barry formed on August 25, crossed Florida, and made landfall near Brownsville, Texas, dissipating five days later. Hurricane Chantal stayed out at sea, and was absorbed by a front on September 15. Tropical Depression Six formed on September 19 and caused heavy rains in the Caribbean. Tropical Storm Dean, the final storm of the season, attained peak winds of 65 mph (105 km/h), and made landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula on September 29.

Picture of the day for July 23, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 23, 2017: Summer Evening at Skagen beach (1899) by the Danish painter P.S. Krøyer, is a double portrait of the artist and his wife Marie. In the 1890s, P.S. Krøyer painted a number of evocative scenes of people walking along the shore. The painting was probably commissioned by Heinrich Hirschsprung and included in what later would come to be known as the Hirschsprung Collection.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 22, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 22, 2017 is 2012 Tour de France.
The 2012 Tour de France was the 99th edition of the race, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The 21 race stages, including the prologue, covered 3,496.9 km (2,173 mi), from the Belgian city of Liège on 30 June to the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 22 July. Bradley Wiggins (pictured) from Team Sky won the overall general classification, becoming the first British rider to win the Tour. Wiggins's teammate Chris Froome placed second, and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas–Cannondale) was third. Wiggins maintained leadership of the race after stage seven, the first mountainous stage. The points classification was won by Nibali's teammate Peter Sagan, who won three stages, as did André Greipel of Lotto–Belisol and Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish. Team Europcar's Thomas Voeckler won the mountains classification. BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen, in fifth place overall, won the young rider classification. The team classification was won by RadioShack–Nissan, and Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank) was given the award for the most combative rider.

Picture of the day for July 22, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 22, 2017: Organ of the church of Mary Magdalene in Eberswalde, Brandenburg, Germany.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Picture of the day for July 21, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 21, 2017: Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 21, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 21, 2017 is Murder of Dwayne Jones.
Dwayne Jones was a Jamaican 16-year-old who was killed by a violent mob in Montego Bay on the night of 21 July 2013, after he attended a dance party dressed in women's clothing. Perceived as effeminate, Jones had been bullied in school and rejected by his father, and had moved into a derelict house in Montego Bay with transgender friends. When some men at the dance party discovered that the cross-dressing Jones was not a woman, they confronted and attacked him. He was beaten, stabbed, shot, and run over by a car. Police investigated, but the murder remains unsolved. The death made news internationally. While voices on social media accused Jones of provoking his killers by cross-dressing in public, the murder was condemned by Jamaican educators and by Justice Minister Mark Golding. In the wake of the attack, domestic and international organisations devoted to LGBT rights and human rights – among them Human Rights Watch and Jamaicans for Justice – asked the Jamaican authorities for a proper investigation and for legal recognition of LGBT rights on the island.

Success Stories - Domestic fuel cells: the power within

[Source: Research & Innovation] Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself - and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even save money? Why indeed. Residential fuel cell units could deliver these benefits to millions of homes in the EU, and preparations to ramp up their production are under way.

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Commission launches public consultation on Health and Care in the Digital Single Market

[Source: RAPID] European - Press release Commission Brussels, 20 July 2017 Today the European Commission launches a public consultation on how Europe should promote digital innovation in health and care, for the benefits of citizens and health systems in Europe.

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Research Headlines - Unique training at physics-maths-life sciences interface

[Source: Research & Innovation] A group of 15 early-stage researchers are receiving training at the interface between physics, applied mathematics and life sciences, providing them with unique skills of value to both industry and academia. The knowledge gained will be integrated to create a single software package.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on July 20, 2017: Cruise ship Celebrity Summit towed by the tugboat Vanna C leaving Venice. In the background the basilica Santa Maria della Salute.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 20, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 20, 2017 is Audioslave.
Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2001. The four-piece band consisted of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden's lead singer and rhythm guitarist (pictured), and Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello (lead guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and backing vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums). Their sound was created by blending 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock, using only guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. The group released three albums, received three Grammy nominations, and became the first American rock band to perform an open-air concert in Cuba. They disbanded in February 2007 when Cornell announced he was leaving "due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences". The 2007 Rage Against the Machine reunion and tour involving the rest of the band cemented the supergroup's demise, as did the solo albums released that same year by Morello and Cornell. The group announced a reunion in January 2017, and performed together for the first time in over a decade at Prophets of Rage's Anti-Inaugural Ball. Cornell died in May 2017.

Research Headlines - FieldFOOD has its finger on the pulse of food processing

[Source: Research & Innovation] The EU-funded FieldFOOD project is using innovative electric pulse technologies in a bid to make food processing more resource-efficient and cost-effective. Its solutions will be widely applicable across the sector, with specific focus on SME-uptake.

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Success Stories - Robots interact with children to help with their diabetes

[Source: Research & Innovation] Diabetes is a serious challenge for many children and teenagers. Their well-being depends on various decisions that they have to take throughout the day. Can electronic games be of any help?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Picture of the day for July 19, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 19, 2017: Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 19, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 19, 2017 is McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk.
The McDonnell Douglas A-4G Skyhawk, a variant of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft, was developed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and first flown on 19 July 1967. Ten were delivered in 1967 and another ten in 1971, and the type was in service with the RAN until 1984. They joined the air group of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, and were primarily used to provide air defence for the fleet and take part in exercises throughout the Pacific region. They did not see combat. Ten A-4Gs were destroyed as a result of equipment failures and non-combat crashes during the type's service with the Navy, causing the deaths of two pilots. The RAN had no need for most of its fixed-wing aircraft after Melbourne was decommissioned in 1982, and the ten remaining A-4Gs were sold to the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1984; they were initially used for training purposes, and were retired in 2001. Eight A-4Ks, including six former A-4Gs, were sold to Draken International in 2012, and are in service supporting United States military training exercises.

Research Headlines - Close to home: involvement of diasporas in homeland conflicts and reconstruction

[Source: Research & Innovation] When war displaces large populations, refugees and their descendants form diasporas. They are far from home and spread across countries, but many remain involved in homeland politics. In a comparative study of diasporas and contested sovereignty from the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, EU researchers reveal how diasporas can both mitigate and aggravate conflicts.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 18, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 18, 2017 is Columbia River.
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Rising in the Rocky Mountains, it flows south into Washington, then turns west to form most of that state's border with Oregon before emptying into the Pacific, 1,243 miles (2,000 km) from its source. By volume it is the fourth-largest river in the US and the largest in North America that enters the Pacific. The river system hosts salmon and other fish that migrate between freshwater habitats and the saline waters of the Pacific Ocean. In the late 18th century, a private American ship became the first non-indigenous vessel to enter the river. Overland explorers entered the Willamette Valley through the scenic but treacherous Columbia River Gorge. Railroads were built in the valley in the late 19th century, many running along the river. Since the early 20th century, the river has been dammed for power generation, navigation, irrigation, and flood control. The 14 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia (Bonneville Dam pictured), the Snake River, and the Columbia's other tributaries produce more than 44 percent of total US hydroelectric power.

Picture of the day for July 18, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 18, 2017: LCAC-55, a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), maneuvers to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Kearsarge and the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) are conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf. The Landing Craft Air Cushion, more commonly known as an LCAC, is assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va.

GRAIL Final Event - 19 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain

[Source: Research & Innovation] The GRAIL project (FP7) has been built with 15 partners from 9 different countries with the aim of finalizing the solutions given previously to the valorization of glycerol and transform then in valuable products in a biorefinery approach. D uring this 4-year project, GRAIL has developed several products, processes and technologies. We are proud to present them for our final event that is more than a conference as you will be able to interact with the scientists responsible of the research, touch and taste the products and witness the demonstration of some of the application.

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Research Headlines - Driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market

[Source: Research & Innovation] A major EU-funded project , with the support of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCH JU), has installed hydrogen filling stations, tested prototype fuel cell vehicles and brought together car makers and infrastructure providers to push forward the commercial viability of this zero-emissions technology.

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Success for ITER camera tests

[Source: F4E] F4E and laboratories poised to deliver the “eyes” that will help engineers to see in the biggest fusion device.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 17, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 17, 2017 is Dire wolf.
The dire wolf (Canis dirus, "fearsome dog") was a prehistoric carnivore of the Western Hemisphere in the late Pleistocene Epoch (125,000–10,000 years ago). The extinct species probably evolved from Armbruster's wolf (Canis armbrusteri). The dire wolf was about the same size as the Yukon and Northwestern wolves, the largest modern gray wolves (Canis lupus). Its skull and dentition matched those of the gray wolf, but its teeth were larger with greater shearing ability, and its bite force at the canine tooth was the strongest of any known Canis species. These adaptations allowed it to hunt, probably in packs, for Late Pleistocene megaherbivores. In North America it competed with the sabre-toothed cat for prey including horses, sloths, mastodons, bison, and camels. Dire wolf remains have been found across a broad range of habitats including the plains, grasslands, and some forested mountain areas of North America, and in the arid savannah of South America. The largest collection of dire wolf fossils comes from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles; its latest remains date from 9,440 years ago.

Picture of the day for July 17, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 17, 2017: Bottom view of the iwan of the main entrance to 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 changed its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 16, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 16, 2017 is Project Y.
The Los Alamos Laboratory was a secret laboratory in a remote part of New Mexico established by the Manhattan Project during World War II and operated by the University of California. Its mission was to design and build the first atomic bombs. The laboratory was designing a plutonium gun-type fission weapon called Thin Man until April 1944, when it determined that the nuclear reactor-bred plutonium in the bomb could predetonate before the core was fully assembled. Robert Oppenheimer reorganized the laboratory, and orchestrated an all-out effort on an alternative design, an implosion-type nuclear weapon called Fat Man. The gun-type Little Boy was developed using uranium-235. The laboratory also built an aqueous homogeneous reactor, and researched the hydrogen bomb. The Fat Man design was used in the Trinity nuclear test on 16 July 1945, and laboratory personnel participated in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as pit crews, weaponeers and observers. Oppenheimer was succeeded as director by Norris Bradbury in December 1945. After the war, assembly activities moved to Sandia. The Los Alamos Laboratory became the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1947.

Picture of the day for July 16, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 16, 2017: Großhadern is a Munich U-Bahn station on the U6, opened in 1993.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on July 15, 2017: Neorthacris simulans mating pair

Wikipedia article of the day for July 15, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 15, 2017 is God of War III.
God of War III is a third person action-adventure video game released in 2010 for the PlayStation 3 console, with a remastered version released for PlayStation 4 on July 14, 2015. The player controls Kratos, the former God of War, who was betrayed by his father Zeus. Reigniting the War of the Titans, Kratos ascends Mount Olympus and battles monsters, gods and Titans in a quest to open Pandora's Box, defeat Zeus, and end the reign of the Olympian Gods. The gameplay focuses on combo-based combat and features quick time events to defeat stronger enemies and bosses. The game also features magical attacks, puzzles, and platforming elements. Critically acclaimed upon release, it won several awards, including "Most Anticipated Game of 2010" and "Best PS3 Game" at the 2009 and 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, respectively, and the "Artistic Achievement" award at the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Video Game Awards. It is the best-selling game in the God of War series and ninth among all PlayStation 3 games, with nearly 5.2 million copies sold worldwide.

Research Headlines - New mobile app could save lives in an emergency

[Source: Research & Innovation] We've all seen pictures and videos taken on smartphones in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or terrorist attack - they are on social media within minutes. The EU-funded ATHENA project has developed an innovative way for emergency services to exploit this, using social media and dedicated applications for two-way communication with the public.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Picture of the day for July 14, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 14, 2017: Hermitage of the Lady of Mencalilla embedded in a typical winter landscape in the center of Spain, more precisely near Almazul, a tiny village in the Province of Soria, Castile and León.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 14, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 14, 2017 is Noye's Fludde.
Noye's Fludde is a one-act opera written largely for young amateur performers, created by the British composer Benjamin Britten. First performed in 1958 at the annual Aldeburgh Festival, it is based on the 15th-century Chester "mystery" play which recounts the biblical story of Noah, the flood and the ark. Britten had written numerous works for mixed professionals and amateurs, and had also used text from the Chester play cycle, for his 1952 Canticle II. For Noye's Fludde he added to the Chester text three congregational hymns, together with the Greek prayer Kyrie eleison and an Alleluia chorus. Of the solo sung roles, only the parts of Noye (Noah) and his wife are intended to be sung by professionals; the remaining roles are taken by child and adolescent performers. The mainly amateur orchestra contains numerous unconventional instruments. At its premiere Noye's Fludde was acclaimed by critics and the public alike, both for the inspiration of the music and for the design and production. Since then it has been staged worldwide; the performance in Beijing in October 2012 was the first in China of any Britten opera.

ITER will deliver the energy of the future

[Source: F4E] Discover the merits of fusion power.

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Research Headlines - Preserving sponge grounds in the North Atlantic

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded research into North Atlantic sponge grounds aims to discover unique sponge ecosystems. This should improve understanding of such ecosystems functioning, help predict threats, ensure their sustainable use and assess their links to human well-being.

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Speech by Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas on the occasion of the signing of the Belém Statement

[Source: RAPID] European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Lisbon, 13 July 2017 Minister(s) Heitor, Vitorino, Kassab, Pandor, Deputy Minister Dimov, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning, and welcome to today's conference. It is my real pleasure to welcome you today to Lisbon and to host this event.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Picture of the day for July 13, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 13, 2017: A PZL W-3 Sokół helicopter used by the Search and Rescue unit of the Czech Air Force.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 13, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 13, 2017 is Blade Runner.
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford (pictured), Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It depicts a dystopian world in 2019, where genetically engineered humanoid replicants are used for dangerous work on off-world colonies. Four of them have illegally come to Los Angeles to confront the man who designed them. They are hunted by Rick Deckard (Ford), who is troubled by his relationship with Rachael, an advanced replicant. The film, a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. It polarized critics and underperformed in theaters, but won many awards and has since become a cult film. It was one of the first films released on DVD. Hailed for its tech noir production design, it was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993, and is now highly regarded by many critics. In 2007 Warner Bros. released a remastered version. A sequel, Blade Runner 2049, is set for release in October 2017.

Success Stories - Strategy to scale-up fish industry's competitiveness

[Source: Research & Innovation] EU-funded project unpicks why Europe's fish industry is suffering in the face of international competition and will provide the industry with new software and studies to help improve business strategies.

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Research Headlines - An integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean

[Source: Research & Innovation] Buoys, floats, moorings and research vessels, to name just a few examples - data about the state of the Atlantic is collected by a number of means. And by a profusion of actors, who could jointly produce even better results if they applied a common strategy. EU-funded researchers are driving the development of an integrated system.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Picture of the day for July 12, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 12, 2017: Sand lizard female (Lacerta agilis ssp. argus), Ukraine.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 12, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 12, 2017 is Battle of Prokhorovka.
The Battle of Prokhorovka (12 July 1943), one of the largest tank battles in history, was fought between Waffen-SS units of Nazi Germany and Red Army units of the Soviet Union during the Second World War on the Eastern Front. The climax of the German offensive Operation Citadel, it resulted when the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army intercepted the II SS-Panzer Corps of the German Wehrmacht near Prokhorovka. The Soviet forces were decimated in the attack, but succeeded in preventing the Wehrmacht from capturing Prokhorovka and breaking through the last heavily fortified defensive belt. With the Germans unable to accomplish their objective for Operation Citadel, they cancelled it and began redeploying their forces to deal with new pressing developments elsewhere. The failure of the operation marked the first time in the war that a major German offensive was halted before it could break through enemy defences. The Soviet Union permanently gained the strategic initiative, and Germany permanently lost the capacity to launch offensives of this scale on the Eastern Front.


[Source: Research & Innovation] The European Commission, Finland and Germany will co-host the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial on 25 and 26 October 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The aims of this 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial meeting are to: •  promote the results of the deliverables presented at the 1st Arctic Science Ministerial meeting, •  increase capacity to respond to major societal challenges in the Arctic, •  encourage further scientific cooperation among a large number of countries and representatives of indigenous peoples. Further details will be published in the run-up to the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial.

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Workshop and Conference - Engaged Humanities project - 13-16 November 2017, Warsaw, Poland

[Source: Research & Innovation] Title of the event is "Engaged Humanities: preserving and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural heritage". This is an international meeting of scientists and language activists working together on language documentation and revitalisation.

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Research Headlines - Improved hydrogen fuel cells to power the cars of the future

[Source: Research & Innovation] Hydrogen cars generate zero emissions but up until now have been too expensive to become the car of choice for the majority. The EU-funded COPERNIC project improved the quality of materials, the overall design and the manufacturing process for hydrogen storage tanks, cutting costs and making hydrogen cars a viable and competitive option.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Wikipedia article of the day for July 11, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 11, 2017 is Dredd.
Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland, released first on 11 July at the San Diego Comic-Con, and worldwide that September. Karl Urban (pictured) stars as Judge Dredd (based on the 2000 AD comic book character), a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, post-apocalyptic metropolis called Mega-City One. Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are instructed to bring order to a 200-storey high-rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Produced by the British studio DNA Films, Dredd began principal photography, using 3D cameras throughout, in November 2010. Filming took place on practical sets and in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Critics were generally positive about the film's visual effects, casting and action, but found it too violent, and out of touch with the satire of the comic strip. It earned just over $41 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $30–45 million, but saw greater success following its home release, and has since been recognised as a cult film.

Picture of the day for July 11, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 11, 2017: The Space Shuttle Atlantis begins the slow journey to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in preparation for the launch of STS-79 in 16 September 1996. This dramatic view looking directly down onto the shuttle stack atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) and crawler-transporter was taken from the VAB roof approximately 525 feet (160 meters) above the ground. In view are the Orbiter, orange External Tank and twin white Solid Rocket Boosters.

Research Headlines - Shaking up construction with lightweight quake-resistant design

[Source: Research & Innovation] New building concepts that take into account catastrophic events such as earthquakes have the potential to save thousands of lives. EU-funded researchers have pioneered new methods and materials for constructing earthquake-fire resistant buildings that are lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective. The project's results are currently being commercialised.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Picture of the day for July 10, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 10, 2017: A Small heath butterfly (Coenonympha pamphilus) in Kampinos Forest, Poland. Kampinos National Park was established in 1959.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 10, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 10, 2017 is Grace Sherwood.
Grace Sherwood (c. 1660 – c. 1740), called the Witch of Pungo, is the last person known to have been convicted of witchcraft in Virginia. A farmer, healer, and midwife, she was charged with witchcraft several times. In 1706, she was accused of bewitching Elizabeth Hill and causing her to miscarry. The court ordered that Sherwood's guilt or innocence be determined by dunking her in water: if she sank, she was innocent; if she did not, she was guilty. Sherwood floated to the surface, and may have spent up to eight years in jail before being released. After being freed from prison and recovering her property from Princess Anne County, she lived on her farm in Pungo from 1714 until her death at the age of about 80. On July 10, 2006, the 300th anniversary of Sherwood's conviction, Governor Tim Kaine reversed the miscarriage of justice and restored her good name. A statue depicting her was erected in Virginia Beach, close to the site of the colonial courthouse where she was tried.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Picture of the day for July 9, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 9, 2017: Typical landscape of the Atacama Desert, the most arid place in the world, precisely 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Calama, Chile.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 9, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 9, 2017 is Weird Tales.
Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine founded by J. C. Henneberger and J. M. Lansinger in March 1923. The first editor, Edwin Baird, printed early work by H. P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, and Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom would go on to be popular writers. Under its second editor, Farnsworth Wright, its fiction included Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos stories, some of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories, and Seabury Quinn's series about Jules de Grandin, a detective who specialized in the supernatural. When the magazine was launched there were none specializing in science fiction, and Wright included stories in that genre by Edmond Hamilton and others. After William Delaney took over as publisher, replacing Wright with Dorothy McIlwraith as editor in 1940, some successful new authors and artists, such as Ray Bradbury and Hannes Bok, continued to appear, but the magazine ceased publication in 1954. It was relaunched many times, including for one run of over 20 years that started in 1988. The magazine is regarded by historians of fantasy as one of the most influential in the genre.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Picture of the day for July 8, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 8, 2017: Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) near Mitterbach am Erlaufsee, Lower Austria

Wikipedia article of the day for July 8, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 8, 2017 is Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is a protected area in the northern Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon near the California border, managed since 1933 by the US National Park Service. The 4,554-acre (1,843 ha) park features a marble cave that was discovered in 1874. Three years after President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act of 1906, President William Howard Taft used it to establish Oregon Caves. In 2014 the protected area was expanded by about 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) and designated a National Monument and Preserve. Oregon Caves is a solutional cave, with passages totaling about 15,000 feet (4,600 m), formed in marble. The parent rock was originally limestone that metamorphosed to marble during the geologic processes that created the Klamath Mountains, including the Siskiyous. Although the limestone formed about 190 million years ago, the cave itself is no older than a few million years. Another attraction at the park is the Oregon Caves Chateau, a six-story hotel built in a rustic style in 1934; it is a National Historic Landmark and is part of the Oregon Caves Historic District within the monument.

Success Stories - Can farmed fish become vegetarian to reduce the industry's eco-footprint?

[Source: Research & Innovation] Can carnivorous farmed fish become vegetarian? Trout is one of Europe's main farmed fish. Its diet relies on catching wild fish. The goal is to reduce the pressure on marine resources by finding plant-based substitutes.

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Research Headlines - Scientists get closer to natural blue pigment

[Source: Research & Innovation] Demand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Wikipedia picture of the day on July 7, 2017: Saab JAS-39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force taking off from AFB in Čáslav.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 7, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 7, 2017 is The Beatles.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison were joined by Ringo Starr two years later. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, they later experimented with musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. They incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings. Beatlemania took hold in 1963, as the group began to embody the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s. They led the British Invasion of the US pop market in 1964. After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers, in which McCartney and Starr remain active. (Lennon was shot and killed in 1980; Harrison died of cancer in 2001.) The Beatles became the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide, and they top various sales and most-played lists, including most UK singles sold and most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart.

Horizon 2020 & European Defence Agency R&T synergies on advanced materials, structures and nanotechnologies - 14 July 2017, Brussels

[Source: Research & Innovation] The European Commission's Research & Innovation Directorate General and the European Defence Agency (EDA) are organising an information exchange and match-making event in the area of materials and structures at EDA premises in Brussels. Following the December 2013 European Council conclusions, the focus of the event is to explore how the results under Horizon 2020 and EDA R&T could be mutually beneficial, enhancing defence and security capabilities. Registration is free of charge. More information about the programme and how to register can be found here :

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Picture of the day for July 6, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 6, 2017: The Kobe Port Tower is one of the landmarks in the city of Kobe, Japan. The sightseeing tower was completed in 1963. The Kobe Maritime Museum is focusing on the history of Japanese shipping in general and Kobe harbor in particular.

Wikipedia article of the day for July 6, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 6, 2017 is Eega.
Eega (The Fly) is an Indian bilingual fantasy film released on 6 July 2012, written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad and directed by his son, S. S. Rajamouli. It was produced by Korrapati Ranganatha Sai's production house Varahi Chalana Chitram with an estimated budget of ₹260 to 400 million, simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. The film stars Sudeep, Nani and Samantha Ruth Prabhu (pictured with the director). The narrative is in the form of a bedtime story told by a father to his daughter. Its protagonist is Nani, who is in love with his neighbour Bindu. Nani is murdered by a wealthy businessman named Sudeep, who is attracted to Bindu and considers Nani a rival. Nani reincarnates as a housefly and tries to protect Bindu while avenging his death. The film's production began in 2010 at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad, and principal photography ran from early 2011 to early 2012. The two versions of the film, alongside a Malayalam-dubbed version titled Eecha, were released globally on approximately 1,100 screens. Screened at international film festivals, Eega won two National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards.

Picture of the day for July 5, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 5, 2017: Hypogeum of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. This spot of the hypogeum is the place where the gladiators went up to the gate of the arena when the games started. The amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa. It is the third biggest amphiteatre and one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with capacity for 35,000 spectators within 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft) long axes and unique in Africa.

Picture of the day for July 4, 2017

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 4, 2017: The rough chameleon (Trioceros rudis) is 10cm long and lives in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; 2600m above sea level. Rwanda celebrates Liberation Day on 4 July.