Month: February 2019

Is your brain stuck in a rut? Here’s how to fix that

Sometimes, our whole lives can feel a bit stuck in a rut, whether we feel that our career is at an impasse or we start to feel the need for a change. But there’s also the other kind of rut. The kind that’s just a random day of being stuck in a rut at work…
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University rankings by subject show Ireland breaking into top 50 in the world

Whether you love them or hate them, university rankings released each year by various organisations have significant influence on an institution’s public image. Now, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its World University Rankings by Subject for 2019 accounting for more than 1,200 universities. Unlike the overall university rankings, these focus on 48 different subjects in…
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Here’s why Paris deserves to be called the flagship of European biotech

Off the top of your head, you can probably name several of the world’s most famous scientists to have worked in Paris, whether it’s Louis Pasteur, Blaise Pascal or Maria Skłodowska-Curie. While many of these icons hail from a time long ago, away from the limelight a ‘blooming’ biotech has now emerged that is helping…
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Super-hot glass defies law of physics, opening new possibilities for screens

Silicate glass is something that we interact with on a regular basis, most notably in display screens and in the glass fibres that power our very internet. But now, researchers from Lehigh University in the US have discovered a way to bend the laws of physics to give it new structural and functional possibilities. Publishing…
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‘Anyone can make meaningful contributions to Science Hack Day’

Science Hack Day Dublin returns on 9 and 10 March this year. The seventh event for makers, tinkerers and bright ideas takes place once again in the Tog hackerspace, where participants will have 36 hours to get creative with hardware, software or whatever takes their fancy. This collaborative, fun and unique event has been run…
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Global Trends in Interest Rates

Marco Del Negro, Domenico Giannone, Marc P. Giannoni, Andrea Tambalotti, Brandyn Bok, and Eric Qian Long-term government bond yields are at their lowest levels of the past 150 years in advanced economies. In this blog post, we argue that this low-interest-rate environment reflects secular global forces that have lowered real interest rates by about two percentage…
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Michael Cohen testifies to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ but will it matter?

By John Hudak Today Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, testified before the House Oversight Committee. His testimony offered explosive allegations and included documentation that Cohen argues corroborates his claims. However, there is one big political question coming out of today’s testimony: did it change Republican minds about the president? Start…
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Why Trump’s Middle East peace plan needs Congress

By Hady Amr, Scott R. Anderson In recent days, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has revealed certain key aspects of the long-touted White House Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that he and other senior administration officials say they will launch sometime after the April 9 elections in Israel. In normal times, these would be…
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The new Afghanistan will be built on ceasefire solutions and Taliban trade-offs

By Christopher D. Kolenda (Ret. Col.), Michael E. O’Hanlon To his credit, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has made remarkable progress in recent peace talks with the Taliban. It appears the latter group has now renounced any willingness to tolerate extremists from ISIS or al-Qaida on Afghan territory under any future government in which it may…
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The Hanoi summit shines a light on the “Vietnam model” of development

By David Dollar Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are meeting in Hanoi to try to make progress on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The choice of venue naturally draws attention to the “Vietnam model,” which some North Korean officials have expressed an interest in following. Countries are different, and it doesn’t work to simply…
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