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The concept of the circular economy
has left the realm of academic theory and entered the world of
business. The price of natural resources and materials is soaring, and
in response to volatile markets and increasing competition, developed
nations are examining this sort of alternative economic model, writes Dr Teresa Domenech (UCL Energy Institute) in The Conversation.
Published: Jul 25, 2014 2:02:32 PM
a 30% rather than a 40% energy demand reduction target, the European
Commission is increasing the risks that European Union member states
face from fossil fuel dependence and slowing the economic and social
benefits of better insulated homes and lower energy bills, writes Andrew Smith (UCL Energy Institute) in The Conversation.
Published: Jul 24, 2014 10:52:00 AM
In Buenos Aires, a mural commemorates the bombing in July 1994 of the AMIA Jewish Community Centre.
A black wall bears the image of a majestic tortoise. Lady Justice
perches atop, her white drapery tracing the arc of his scintillating
indigo and amber shell. Something is amiss, her typical, confident posture
absent. She rests the torment of her swathed body against a
stony-arched temple that balances precariously on the roundness of the
slow beast. A rat scutters hungrily across her back, but she seems
unaware. Lightly holding a pair of scales between the fingertips of her
left hand, Lady Justice waits and mourns, writes Tanya Filer (UCL SELCS) in The Conversation.
Published: Jul 22, 2014 2:41:01 PM
So we won the World Cup. Add that trophy to the country's current economic overachievement and we may have the start of an age of German dominance – and not just in world football. However, there is still one field in which Germans don't excel: in global politics, the country is a secondary power. Its army is far smaller than that of France and the UK, and shows little interest in changing that. In June, just days after the US admonished Europeans for not doing enough on global security, the German parliament voted to cut its defence budget by around €800m. So will Germany's win at the Maracanã alter our reluctance to take the lead, writes Dr Jochen Hung (UCL German) in The Guardian. More...
Published: Jul 15, 2014 10:22:56 AM
The number of animals used in scientific research in the UK fell by 0.4% in 2013, according to figures
released by the Home Office. Scientists continue to work hard to reduce
the numbers of animals used for medical research and the fall reverses
the recent trend of an increase over the past decade – mainly due to a
rise in the use of genetically modified mice and smaller species like
zebra fish, says Dr Suzy Buckley (UCL Institute for Women's Health) in The Conversation.
Published: Jul 11, 2014 10:33:00 AM