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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

Stories that reflect the growing pre-occupation of our governments with controlling their citizens.

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Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Brussels, 1st December 2016. Momodesign of Italy have launched the first motorcycle helmet constructed with graphene. A collaboration between the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and design company Momodesign, the helmet was on display at the Composites Europe show (29/11 – 01/12) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Graphene is about 100 times […]

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01/12/2016 at 16:34Auto EU EU_Energy

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

        “Besides journalists’ legal protections, equivalent protections should be extended to the people who risk their livelihoods, and lives, to bring this information to light in the first place,” wrote Lauren Kirchner, reporting on Columbia Journalism Schools’ seminar “Journalism after Snowden” in January 2014.

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18/11/2016 at 23:25EU Life&Liberty Snowden

Guardian weekend where art thou …

Guardian weekend where art thou …

Today, Saturday September 24th, I thought I would treat myself to a print copy of The Guardian. I like the Saturday paper, and it’s always more relaxing to spread it out and dip into the various parts at random, rather than be limited to robot-like serial consumption that characterises reading […]

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24/09/2016 at 19:25Life&Liberty

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 3 The bar was quieter tonight. The usual suspects were there – we had planned to discuss Brexit again. But no-one wanted to tallk about it immediately – Maj and co. had gone off to play darts, others […]

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19/06/2016 at 17:02EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 2 Stassos was quoting Shakespeare, but in slightly modified form. “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune – or to take arms … that’s what you want to do.” He […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:16EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 1 It was a fine Spring evening in Brussels, the sun lingering on the pavements – quite the best time of the year in the city. Steve the Bar had put a couple of barrels and stools outside, […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:15EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

      By Odimegwu Onwumere Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor were aged between 16 and 17 years when in 2013 they launched a rocket they’d made into space. Thrity minutes and five kilometres later, it crashed into the plot of Augustine Eke, a retiree. The clatter of the crashed […]

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04/05/2016 at 10:35EU_Business Life&Liberty

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

          It seems, according to the New York Times anyway, that Brussels-news newcomer (relatively speaking) Politico is making a name for itself in Euroland … Politico pierces the ‘Brussels Bubble’ with US-style coverage

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26/04/2016 at 13:58EU EU_Business

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Brussels, 03/03/2016. Those prized Burgundy or summer truffles apparently have something more than just the ability to add flavour to fine dishes – they can also resist radioactivity!. Swiss and German researchers have analysed Burgundy truffles collected across regions of central Europe, and found that unlike other fungi, they possess […]

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03/03/2016 at 13:46Climate Life&Liberty

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy