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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 08:55
The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in theFrench Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board, practiced a descent on the previous flight, German newspaper Bild said on Tuesday. Prosecutors believe 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit and veered the plane into an early descent on a flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 08:54
The European Commission says negotiators from the EU and Iran will resume talks on a deal to control Tehran's nuclear program on May 12 in Austria, and that they would be joined by officials from six world powers three days later. The commission said in a statement that EU Political Director Helga Schmid and Iranian deputy negotiators Abbas Araghchi and Madjid Takht Ravanchi will resume their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 08:53
Ed Miliband is “optimistic” that he can be Prime Minister after tomorrow’s general election. The Labour leader gave a rare hint about the confidence in his campaign in comments timed for 24 hours before voters go to the polls. Mr Miliband has spent weeks avoiding any sign of over-confidence despite the polls showing that his Tory rival David Cameron has failed to build a big enough lead to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:22
When Birmingham rolls out its new bike-share program this fall, it will be the first in North America to incorporate electric-assist bikes into its fleet. The program will launch in the city’s downtown core with 40 docking stations and 400 bikes, 100 of which will have battery-powered pedal assistance. Quebec-based manufacturer Bewegen is building the bike fleet and docking stations for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:16
Luxembourg has announced plans for a new cycle and pedestrian path that will be suspended beneath a bridge in the centre of Luxembourg City. The Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, announced the plans for the 'floating' walkway beneath the Pont Adolphe bridge, which is currently undergoing a three-year refurbishment. The path would hang directly underneath... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:09
The tragedy unfolding in Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal offers some stark lessons about the gravity of earthquake preparedness. Jo Scheuer writes in the Nikkei Asian Review that for disaster-risk experts, “the earthquake is no surprise.” He is director of climate change and disaster risk reduction at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley is densely populated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 14:20
Scientists have designed a cheap and easy-to-use paper test card that uses colour coding to detect fake antimalarial drugs. To test a pill or tablet, it is crushed and swiped across the card that is then placed in water. After only three to five minutes, a pattern of coloured bars is revealed. The idea is that if this pattern differs from the unique colour barcode produced by pure samples of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:30
Paris has launched its 2015 - 2020 cycling strategy, which aims to double the length of the city's cycle network and triple the number of Parisians cycling every day. The strategy was developed with the input of almost 7 000 stakeholders in a consultation period from December 2014 to January 2015. 'We have organised our priorities in order to establish what improvements need to be made. Safety... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:14
Valencia's city council has expanded walking paths and reduced speed limits on roads to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility to neighbouring villages. The new pedestrian infrastructure, in the coastal area of El Saler, includes a new network of pedestrian routes covering 2.6km and 32 new pedestrian crossings. A further 85 parking spaces have also been created and the speed limits on one-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:19
A light, magnitude-3.9 earthquake shook the Los Angeles region early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake hit at 4:07 am (1107 GMT) at a depth of 6.1 miles (9.9 kilometers), with the epicenter near Culver City and Inglewood in southwest Los Angeles, the USGS said. The quake was widely felt in the heavily populated area, but "was... Read more