Daily Archives: March 11, 2017

Are things looking up for women in the arts?

When it comes to the representation of women artists in major art institutions, the figures are quite bleak: according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (citing data from 2012 and 2014), work by female artists makes up only three to five per cent of major permanent collections in the US and Europe, and women around the world continue to face significant barriers to success within the arts sector. But a number of high-profile institutions are actively attempting to redress gender disparity in their collections, exhibitions, and leadership. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate a few of the most noteworthy recent initiatives around the world. For more about the underrepresentation of women in historical collections, see Lily Le Brun’s report in Apollo from 2015.

Earliest evidence of life on Earth ‘found’

Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth.

They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old.

Greece | Creditors Leave Athens With No Breakthrough in Talks

Creditors’ teams left Athens on Thursday without a breakthrough in negotiations, as all the “hot” issues remain open, making a staff level agreement (SLA) before the March 20 Eurogroup almost impossible.

New meetings on the bailout program review are necessary next week to reach a SLA, according to EU institutions — the European Commission, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the European Central Bank (ECB) — in order to meet the March 20 Eurogroup deadline. However, the International Monetary Fund argues that there is a lot more work to be done.