European Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak as they attend a news conference following a virtual summit with Chinese President in Brussels, on June 22, 2020.
Long lenient toward China, Europeans have recently taken a firmer approach. Beijing's conduct during the Covid-19 pandemic and its general intransigence have had a lot to do with this.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. On March 11 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for criminal sexual acts and rape.
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Scandals are violent shocks to social systems, yet not all questionable behaviour produces scandal. How can we explain that some figures escape the consequences of their own behavior while others don't?
The Covid-19 epidemic has given rise to an avalanche of fake news, and accounts managed by Russian interests lead the way. How does this misinformation work, and what are its aims?
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
An imam leads the prayer during the funeral for COVID-19 coronavirus victims at a mosque in Cape Town.
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It is important that procedures surrounding funerals are developed by public health officials alongside traditional and religious authorities.
A worker in the Barroso mine, near Boticas in northern Portugal, 3 September 2018.
Europe imports the majority of its lithium, an essential material for the energy transition, yet is home to significant deposits.
The first floating offshore wind turbine “floatgen” is pictured off La Turballe, western France on September 28 2018.
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Can Europe's response to the Covid-19 health crisis put its economy on a greener path? To help answer this question, the recent GEM Energy Barometer polled around 100 energy experts in France.
A brown Mediterranean grouper. We don’t see it on the picture, but it hosts many parasites!
Mediterranean groupers are not alone: they are home to a wide variety of parasites.
Women internalized their role as caregivers so much so that, more often than not, the question of “whose work is getting priority in your couple?” is never even asked.
Caught between the educational care of children and a considerable amount of full-time work to be done, women managers continue to shoulder a large part of the domestic and parental burden.
Given the current health crisis, seniors are highly vulnerable, yet can face significant costs for health care.
Despite significant differences in their systems, both countries share the challenge of having to reduce the cost of health and long-term care for older citizens.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Also present is Élisabeth Borne, Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (left).
China’s attempts to promote its actions and model of governance while discrediting the EU are not a short-term response to the pandemic, but part of a long-term strategy to build its international power.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the country’s Parliament on June 8, 2020. New Zealand reported no active Covid-19 cases after the country’s final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation, health authorities said on June 8.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit women hard, in particular amplifying gender gaps. Yet women have also proved that their contributions – on the front lines and leadership positions – are invaluable.
Badgers are hunted down as ‘harmful’ species.
All animals plays a role in nature, and in times of biodiversity loss and climate change, hunting "common" species such as foxes and badgers is irresponsible .
The icon of Houseparty, a “user-friendly” application that rose in popularity during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In the current health crisis, authorities use our need for security and private firms our desire for entertainment to encourage us to give up our civil rights.
A protester holds a sign showing a black US flag during a demonstration in Denver, Colorado, on May 31, 2020.
That George Floyd died at the hands of four police officers is uncontested, but interpretations of his death and its aftermath differ greatly. The result is two starkly opposed narratives.
The archaeological site of the Parliament House in Namur on 15 April 2020.
Agent du Patrimoine en Péril, le groupe pour la défense des agents de l'Agence wallonne du Patrimoine (AWaP)
In Namur, Belgium, archaeological excavations were almost buried for good under the cover of lockdown. The incident draws attention to weaknesses in archaeological heritage protection systems.
Europe remains by far the leader in the global trade of pharmaceuticals.
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare Europe's vulnerability to drug-supply disruption. Still, it remains by far the world leader in pharmaceutical products.
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Dreams by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
Dreams that are more vivid, more frequent and more striking… Lockdown seems to trouble our nights as well as our days, and there's reason to believe that's not just a figment of our imagination.
Thanks to its sensors, the smartphone can be a measuring instrument.
A. Kolli, _La Physique Autrement_
Practical work is essential for science education. But health measures compromise their traditional organization. Here are some game-changing solutions.
Light trails left in the sky (photographed with a long exposure time), by Starlink satellites, seen from New Mexico, USA.
By 2025 Elon Musk wants to launch 12,000 satellites and corner the global Internet market. What will be lost is earth-based astronomy, the idea that space belongs to us all and the beauty of a starry sky.