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Bilingualism Matters

Research shows that about half of the world population is bilingual or monolingual. Furthermore, globalisation continues, and many other people are in the course of becoming bilingual. From this perspective, understanding and speaking another language(s) than the mother tongue is an actual topic. We wanted to find out more about bilingualism and get valuable information. Therefore, we reached Bilingualism Matters, a Centre at the University of Edinburgh, founded by Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure: Rainbow-coloured hydrothermal systems show spectrum of extreme life on Earth

Researchers from the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, carrying out the first investigation into the site’s geology, mineralogy and biology, have found that the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia hosts at least three extreme ecosystems that have the potential to help us understand how life might arise on other planets and moons.

Online & F2F Science Communication Summer School at the University of Copenhagen

’Science Communication in Theory & Practice’ is a highly interactive summer school that offers students the opportunity to gain skills in the understanding, analysis and production of science communication and in interdisciplinary, problem-oriented collaboration. The application deadline is 1 April 2016.

First detection of gases at super-Earth show a light-weight, dry atmosphere – with a hint of carbon too?

The first successful detection of gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth reveals the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapour. The exotic exoplanet, 55 Cancri e, is over eight times the mass of Earth and has previously been dubbed the ‘diamond planet’ because models based on its mass and radius have led some astronomers to speculate that its interior is carbon-rich. Now, using new processing techniques on data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a UCL-led team of European researchers has been able to examine the atmosphere of 55 Cancri e in unprecedented detail. The results will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Humanitarian Crises and Disasters Risk – InfoRM 2016

The analyses on the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters in 2016 for 191 nations were carried out by applying the Index for Risk Management – InfoRM, an open-source risk assessment tool designed to support decisions about crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

Neutrosophy and Neutrosophics

Romanian mathematician Florentin Smarandache has coined the words "neutrosophy" and "neutrosophic". He defined the neutrosophic set and refined it to n components. For two years now, Professor Smarandache coordinates a high specialized international journal.

Eva Egron-Polak interview: ‘Equity and internationalisation are both important for different reasons’

Eva Egron-Polak is the Secretary-General and Executive Director of the International Association of Universities (IAU). Internationalisation and equitable access to higher education are two of her top interests in the field of higher education policy. I have met Eva Egron-Polak in Bucharest at the International Conference on Internationalisation and Equity in Higher Education, and we had a short discussion pertaining to the event topic.

BOOK REVIEW: "Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS"

Urban Growth in Emerging Economies: Lessons from the BRICS, edited volume by Mcgranahan, G., Martine, G., Earthscan: London and New York, 2014, 273 pages. Reviewed by Ulpia Botezatu

BOOK REVIEW: “Informed Cities: Making Research Work for Local Sustainability”

Informed Cities: Making research work for local sustainability, edited volume by Marko Joas, Kate Theobald, David McGuinnes, Cristina Garzillo and Stefan Kuhn, Earthscan: London and New York, 2014, 192 pages. Reviewed by Ulpia Botezatu

INTERVIEW | Dan Neafus, Denver, USA - Immersive Media and Science Communication

What makes it possible to journey through the eye of a needle? Or, take a long walk among human body cells? Or, even, a quick trip to the dark side of the Moon, visiting some craters - Spiru Haret crater included -, and come back in time for a relaxing meeting with friends?