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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...

Does the impact of foriegn aid depend on the donor?

By Thu, Dec 27, 2012 10:45AM UTC Comments Off

Does the impact of foriegn aid depend on the donor? byUCDspirePosted onDecember 27, 2012 SPIRe’s Dr. Samuel Brazys provides evidence in a forthcoming paper in the Review of International Political Economy that the impact of so-called “Aid for Trade” programs in the developing world depends on which donor country is providing the assistance.  Testing across 19 of the OECD donor countries Dr. Brazys finds varying levels of impact of Aid for Trade on recipient country exports.  Programs from France, Japan, Norway,  the UK, the United States and others are associated with a positive impact on recipient country exports while programs from...

Yingluck’s European tour: Strictly business as usual

By Mon, Jul 23, 2012 10:30AM UTC 4 Comments Yingluck’s European tour: Strictly business as usual

By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited Germany and France last week, her first visit to Europe since she took office a year ago. While the trip was primarily aimed at improving economic ties and regaining confidence among investors from the two most important economies in the European Union for the Thai government,...

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