Daily Archives: February 10, 2017

Italy | Roman amphitheatre in Verona to be protected by a giant retractable cover

A Roman amphitheatre in the Italian city of Verona is to be covered with a giant tarpaulin to protect opera goers – and the ancient monument itself – from bad weather.

Brain-computer interface allows completely locked-in people to communicate

A computer interface that can decipher the thoughts of people who are unable to communicate could revolutionize the lives of those living with completely locked-in syndrome, according to a new paper publishing January 31st, 2017 in PLOS Biology. Counter to expectations, the participants in the study reported being “happy,” despite their extreme condition. The research was conducted by a multinational team, led by Professor Niels Birbaumer, at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva, Switzerland.

Greece | Greek PM visits Kiev with Russia message

On a visit to Ukraine Thursday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for all sides to implement the Minsk Protocol and insisted that Greece has no intention of breaking ranks within the European Union over sanctions against Russia.

“It is clear that developments in our wider neighborhood affect us,” said Tsipras after holding talks with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. “They affect the security environment, the European Union’s relationships in our neighborhood and the energy map in the area.”

UK | Towards a politics of radical deglobalisation

by Reuben Bard-Rosenberg

It is comforting to imagine that the fight between the mainstream parties and the radical right is a struggle between reason and unreason.

It is more frightening to recognise that Marine Le Pen’s offer of national welfarism, European withdrawal and protectionism is in some ways more coherent, and less mythic, than the promise that François Hollande made four years ago to restore the prosperity of French workers within the confines of the European Monetary System, and upon the battlefield of unfettered global competition.