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Kidnapped German freed in Afghanistan

By Sat, Oct 11, 2014 10:35AM UTC Comments Off

Germany's government says a German man who was kidnapped in Pakistan more than two years ago has been freed in Afghanistan....

Oxford Brookes Racing takes the chequered flag

By Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:11PM UTC Comments Off Oxford Brookes Racing takes the chequered flag

  Oxford Brookes Racing recently finished as top UK team and sixth overall in the international Formula Student competition. Winning the design category and fending off fierce competition from the University of Bath and Cardiff University teams throughout the rest of the competition saw Brookes become the UK’s top racing team for a record fifth...

Germany forgives half of Burma’s debt

By Wed, Feb 12, 2014 11:49AM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Germany has signed an agreement to forgive half the 1.084 billion euro ($1.48 billion) debt it is owed by Burma, implementing a plan which Germany and other creditor nations accepted a year ago. The state-owned Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported Tuesday that the agreement was signed the previous day in Burma’s capital,...

Unnatural selection

By Tue, Jun 11, 2013 5:07AM UTC Comments Off Unnatural selection

Genetic science has presented us with one of the most complex ethical dilemmas of our time: what kinds of people should be born. Discussion hinges largely on a technology known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which enables doctors to screen a couple’s embryos to ensure the child has not inherited the genetic predisposition for a serious hereditary disorder such as cystic fibrosis and Tay–Sachs disease or traits such as deafness. PGD is a routine part of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) when one or both parents lives with a genetic disorder or carries its telltale gene, explains bioethicist Associate Professor Robert...

Seismic shifts in science a call to action

By Tue, Jun 11, 2013 5:04AM UTC Comments Off Seismic shifts in science a call to action

Professor Frieder Seible is on a mission to train engineers who are bold and technically agile, ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges with the eyes of artists.In his own words, Professor Frieder Seible needs to “be where the action is”. It is why 30 years ago he moved from Germany to California, then perceived as the place for young scientists and engineers who aspired to make their mark on a century already brimming with technological wonder.In the intervening years Professor Seible rose to international prominence as a structural engineer and bridge designer, advancing the scientific basis for designing structures to...

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