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Say Cheese! The EU Is Set to Create One of Earth's Biggest Biometric Databases

The European Parliament has voted by a significant margin to streamline its systems for managing everything from travel to border security by amassing an enormous information database that will include biometric data and facial images—an issue that has raised significant alarm among privacy advocates.Read more...
Tags: European Union, Biometrics, Data, Privacy, Security, Parliament


European voters urged to mobilise behind child climate activists

Sweden's teenage activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday urged Europeans to vote in next month's elections on behalf of young people like her who cannot yet cast ballots but demand decisive action against climate change. During a visit to the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, Thunberg, 16, told a press conference that time is running out to stop the ravages of global warming. "I think it is essential to vote in the European Union election," Thunberg said when asked about the May...
Tags: Science, Sweden, European Union, Parliament, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Strasbourg Thunberg


BMW, Qualcomm Battle Against VW, Renault on Connected Car Rules

The European Parliament is set to vote Wednesday on draft rules by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, that would endorse WiFi technology pushed by VW, General Motors, and Volvo Group. BMW and other car and telecom firms are urging European Union legislators to scrap the rules, arguing the law would force them to make additional investments to fit a soon-to-be outdated technology, which offers poorer performance than cellular-based technology compatible with future 5G networks.
Tags: Science, European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, BMW Qualcomm Battle Against VW Renault, VW General Motors, Volvo Group BMW


Czech president to appoint new ministers on April 30

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Karel Havlicek, the head of a small business association and deputy chief of the government's science and research council, as new industry minister on April 30, a spokesman said on Monday. The president will also appoint lawyer Vladimir Kremlik as new transport minister, replacing Dan Tok who resigned after serving more than four years, a record tenure for the transport post. Havlicek's main tasks will be regulating the telecom...
Tags: Science, European Union, Prague, Reuters, Milos Zeman, Havlicek, Dan Tok, Karel Havlicek, Vladimir Kremlik


Harmful compounds might be formed when foods containing the sweetener sucralose are heated

Sucralose is a sweetener authorized in the European Union as E 955. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the current data situation on the stability of sucralose and the formation of possibly harmful chlorinated compounds at high temperatures.
Tags: Science, European Union, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR


The Oldest Ice on Earth May Be Hiding 1.5 Miles Beneath Antarctica

European scientists looking for some of the oldest ice on the planet have homed in on a particular spot in Antarctica, where they will drill more than 1.5 miles (2.7 kilometers) below the surface of the ice.Over the next five years, the "Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice" mission will work at a remote location known as "Little Dome C" to start drilling for ice up to 1.5 million years old, the team announced today (April 9) at the meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria."Ice cores are ...
Tags: Science, France, Germany, European Union, Italy, Antarctica, Field, Antarctic, Vienna Austria, Concordia, European Geosciences Union, Alfred Wegener Institute, Eisen, Epica, Dome Fuji, University of Venice


German village could become EU's geographic midpoint post-Brexit

With the clock ticking down to Brexit, a tiny German village is preparing to take center stage as it becomes the new geographical center of the European Union when Britain leaves the bloc. It takes about an hour to drive the 55 kilometers from the current midpoint, in the municipality of Westerngrund, in southern Germany, to Gadheim. A sign proudly reading the "future center of the EU" already greets visitors outside the hamlet.
Tags: Science, Germany, Eu, European Union, Britain, Brexit, Westerngrund


Juncker Hopes EU-U.S. Trade Truce Survives Trump Twitter Twitch

Amid signs of fresh EU-U.S. commercial tensions, Juncker said Trump’s penchant for using Twitter to make surprise announcements risks putting a July 2018 cease-fire -- halting threatened tariffs against European cars -- a key stroke away from being broken. “I hope the provisional end of the trade war between Europe and the U.S. will also withstand the Twitter energy of the White House,” he told a conference in Brussels. The quip by Juncker, president of the European Union’s executive arm, come...
Tags: Europe, Science, White House, European Union, Atlantic, Brussels, Trump, EU U S, Juncker, EU U S Trade Truce Survives Trump Twitter Twitch


Retrieving climate history from the ice

In the context of a major European Union project, experts from 14 institutions in ten European countries have spent three years combing the Antarctic ice, looking for the ideal site to investigate the climate history of the past 1.5 million years. Today, the consortium Beyond EPICA -- Oldest Ice (BE-OI), led by Olaf Eisen from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, presented its findings at the General Assembly of the European Geoscienc...
Tags: Science, European Union, Antarctic, Bremerhaven, Olaf Eisen, General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union


The UK Has Released Its Plan for Cracking Down on Social Media Content

Britain is scheduled to crash out of the European Union on Friday, potentially causing severe economic damage. But that hasn’t stopped the British government from attending to other issues. Like proposing new rules that could make social media companies legally responsible for some content uploaded by users.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, Science, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, Brexit, Our Garbage Facebook, Christchurch Massacre


AI must be accountable, EU says as it sets ethical guidelines

AI projects should be transparent, have human oversight and secure and reliable algorithms, and they must be subject to privacy and data protection rules, the commission said, among other recommendations. The European Union initiative taps in to a global debate about when or whether companies should put ethical concerns before business interests, and how tough a line regulators can afford to take on new projects without risking killing off innovation. It is only with trust that our society can...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, Commission, Andrus Ansip


U.K. Joins Crackdown on Social Media After Live-Streamed Attack

The government outlined plans for an industry-funded regulator that would police the technology companies’ platforms for harmful content, such as incitement to terrorism and child sexual exploitation. The U.K. plan follows steps by countries from Australia to the European Union to increase scrutiny of tech companies that until now have largely avoided any form of industry regulation.
Tags: Science, Australia, European Union


EU charges German carmakers with blocking emissions cleaning technology

European Union antitrust regulators on Friday charged BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen with colluding to block the rollout of emissions cleaning technology in a move that could lead to hefty fines. In the latest emissions scandal to hit the auto industry, the European Commission said it had sent so-called statements of objections to the companies setting out the charges, nearly two years after carrying out dawn raids at their premises. It said the collusion occurred between 2006 to 2014 and took pl...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, European Commission, Volkswagen, BMW Daimler


Will the sluggish U.S. ever make aggressive carbon cuts to rival Europe's?

With a rocket launcher strapped to his back, President Ronald Reagan rode fearlessly upon a long-extinct Velociraptor while brandishing a machine gun: This is the imagery — presented on poster board and carried to the floor of the Senate Chamber on March 26 — that Republican Senator Mike Lee used to mock the Green New Deal, a proposal to rapidly transform the U.S. energy infrastructure and slash the nation's ample emissions of carbon dioxide.  The Green New Deal, argued Lee, is not a seriou...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Congress, Senate, China, India, US, America, Eu, European Union, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, Ronald Reagan, Paris


Will the sluggish U.S. ever make aggressive carbon cuts to rival Europe's?

With a rocket launcher strapped to his back, President Ronald Reagan rode fearlessly upon a long-extinct Velociraptor while brandishing a machine gun: This is the imagery -- presented on poster board and carried to the floor of the Senate Chamber on March 26 -- that Republican Senator Mike Lee used to mock the Green New Deal, a proposal to rapidly transform the U.S. energy infrastructure and slash the nation's ample emissions of carbon dioxide. The Green New Deal, argued Lee, is not a seriou...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Congress, Senate, China, India, US, America, Eu, European Union, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, Ronald Reagan, Paris


London backs plans for 'Tulip' tower to bloom over the city

Plans to build a glass viewing tower perched 1,000 feet above London on a slender tower shaped like a tulip have been approved by the local authority. The building is expected to be western Europe's second-tallest tower when it is complete, beaten only by the nearby "Shard" building. Britain's vote to leave the European Union in 2016 initially cast a pall over London's property market but the plans to build the Tulip have been seen as vote of confidence in the city.
Tags: Europe, Science, London, European Union, Britain


Slight decline in hepatitis C diagnoses in Europe

European surveillance data show a 10% decrease in newly reported hepatitis C cases between 2016 and 2017. However, with more than 31,000 recorded cases in 2017, diagnoses remain at a high level in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). In addition, variation in national testing practices and widespread under-reporting of diagnosed cases do not provide an accurate picture of the true epidemiological burden.
Tags: Europe, Science, European Union


Smog chokes coal-dependent Poland with no end in sight

Puffs of yellowish grey-and-black smoke billowing out of household chimneys create a blanket of smog choking the southern Polish mining town of Rybnik, one of the most polluted places in the European Union. A green smiley-face posted at the entrance of the school lets kids know the air quality is good, but a red face means they will have to stay indoors.
Tags: Science, European Union, Poland, Rybnik


How Europe is faring on renewable energy targets

The European Union's use of renewable energy -- such as hydropower, wind and solar -- reached 17.5 percent in 2017, keeping it on track for a target of 20 percent by 2020. Each member state has its own renewable energy goal, based on its situation and potential, ranging from 10 to 49 percent. Europe's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Tags: Europe, Science, European Union, Sweden Finland


Italy's Pompeii offers new glimpses of life before calamity

As teams of construction workers shore up mounds of earth pressing down on the excavated areas to prevent them crushing the ruins, archaeologists and conservationists are busy restoring newly discovered art and bolstering fragile walls. The burst of activity marks the final stages of the "Great Pompeii Project", launched in 2012 after a spate of cave-ins, with the European Union and Italian state handing over 105 million euros ($118 million) to halt the decay. Now Pompeii is quite safe," said ...
Tags: Science, European Union, Italy, Pompeii, Great Pompeii Project, Francesco Muscolino


'No-deal' Brexit puts rare giraffes at risk too

Amid all the hand-wringing from businessmen and politicians about potential risks from a 'no-deal' Brexit, zookeepers are worried too - especially for a group of rare forest giraffes. Seventy-three "okapis" - an endangered species from the Democratic Republic of Congo with a brown body and zebra-like striped legs - live in zoos in the European Union where free movement rules underpin an inter-country breeding project. "Brexit is very bad news for conservation breeding," he told Reuters at the ...
Tags: Science, European Union, Brexit, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Reuters


The UK and EU Will Require All New Cars to Include Devices That Prevent You From Speeding

The European Union is likely to enact new regulations that will require all new cars sold in Europe and the United Kingdom after May 2022 to come with technology that will force cars to slow down or brake when exceeding the speed limit. The move is expected to save thousands of lives each year but critics fear that it…Read more...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, United Kingdom, Automated Cars, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, EU Will Require All New Cars


Facebook to Fight Belgian Ban on Tracking Users (and Even Non-Users)

The U.S. tech giant will come face to face with the Belgian data protection authority in a Brussels appeals court for a two-day hearing starting on Wednesday. The company will challenge the 2018 court order and the threat of a daily fine of 250,000 euros ($281,625) should it fail to comply. Armed with new powers since the introduction of stronger European Union data protection rules, Belgium’s privacy watchdog argues Facebook “still violates the fundamental rights of millions of residents of B...
Tags: Facebook, Science, European Union, Belgium, Brussels, Brussels Court of First Instance


A 'Dark Day': Copyright Law That Threatens the Internet as We Know It Passes Final EU Vote

Amid widespread protests, online and off, the European Union approved a controversial new copyright directive on Tuesday. Two years in the making, the legislation is intended to give copyright holders more control over their work, but critics say it could hand more power to tech giants, stifle the free flow of…Read more...
Tags: Science, European Union, Article 11, Article 13, Eu Copyright Directive


Report: European Parliament Screwed Up Their Chance to Amend Copyright Directive By Voting Wrong

The European Parliament approved a massive, sweeping overhaul of online copyright rules on Tuesday, leaving the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13 untouched on as the EU Copyright Directive cruised through the legislative body. According to a report on TechDirt, they may have done so in part because several…Read more...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, Copyright, Open Internet, European Parliament, Article 11, Article 13, Eu Copyright Directive


France seals multi-billion dollar deals with China, but questions Belt and Road project

President Emmanuel Macron wants to forge a united European front to confront Chinese advances in trade and technology. Xi's visit also provided a stage for protesters seeking more European action over the alleged mistreatment of minorities in China. After Macron and Xi meet on Monday, the two will hold further talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union executive.
Tags: Science, France, China, Angela Merkel, European Union, Road, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Claude Juncker, Macron


France to seal deals with China but challenge on Belt and Road project

President Emmanuel Macron wants to forge a united European front to confront Chinese advances in trade and technology. Xi's visit also provided a stage for protesters seeking more European action over the alleged mistreatment of minorities in China. After he and Xi meet later on Monday, the two will hold further talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union executive.
Tags: Science, France, China, Angela Merkel, European Union, Road, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Claude Juncker


Hungarians protest against PM Orban's academic overhaul

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who took power in 2010, has tightened controls over Hungarian public life, including the courts, the media and the economy, as well as education and now scientific research. The European Parliament's main center-right bloc voted on Wednesday to suspend Orban's Fidesz party amid concerns it has violated European Union principles on the rule of law. "The Hungarian Academy of Science is a trustee of the preservation and development of Hungarian culture and science," t...
Tags: Science, European Union, European Parliament, Viktor Orban, Orban, Fidesz, Has, Hungarian Academy of Science, Forum of Academy Workers


Wikipedia and Reddit Stage Eleventh-Hour Protest Against Alarming EU Copyright Plan

The European Union has been reconsidering its copyright laws for several years, and for months we’ve been trudging towards a final vote. Well, that vote is scheduled for Tuesday, and if approved it could mean the end of the open internet as we know it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Wikipedia, European Union, Copyright, Reddit, Okay, Article 11, Article 13, Eu Copyright Directive


Poll: 25 Percent of European Adults Think Maybe Robots Should Be Calling the Shots, Not Politicians

A January 2019 poll conducted by the Center for the Governance of Change at Spain’s IE University has found considerable anxiety throughout Europe about the pace of automation and technological change, Quartz reported—though it also found that about a quarter of respondents believed that maybe artificial intelligence…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Spain, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Robots, Ai, Polls, Center for the Governance of Change



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