Fake mission to Mars leaves astronauts spaced out
Monday, 07 January 2013 18:59

Trip to Mars in pretend spaceship on Moscow industrial estate affects sleep, activity levels and motivation of six-man crew

As the cheerless skies and grim economy sap all will to return to work, take heart that even on a trip to Mars, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning.

The drudge of interplanetary travel has emerged from research on six...

What will happen to Romania’s judiciary?
Monday, 07 January 2013 17:36

AFTER a year of political crisis that ended with a clear victory of the ruling alliance of social democrats and liberals at the parliamentary elections last December, the country’s most powerful men decided to make peace, at least on the paper. Traian Basescu (pictured on the right), the president, and Victor Ponta (pictured on the left), the p...

Berlin airport opening delayed
Monday, 07 January 2013 15:07
Berlin airport opening delayedThe airport has become notorious for delays and technical problems

The opening of a new airport for the German capital Berlin has been further delayed, until 2014 at the earliest.

The airport was originally meant to open in early 2012, but has been hit by several delays and mishaps.


Montreux festival founder in coma
Monday, 07 January 2013 14:50
Claude NobsNobs is still the creative director of the festival

Claude Nobs, who founded the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, is in a coma following a skiing accident.

The 76-year-old "fell while practising cross-country skiing" during the Christmas holidays, said a statement on the festival's...

Global deal boosts bank shares
Monday, 07 January 2013 13:29
Global deal boosts bank sharesInternational banks had been fearing tougher liquidity rules

European bank shares have risen following the weekend agreement on the minimum amounts of cash and easy-to-sell assets that banks have to hold.

A previous draft two years ago said they would have to meet new requirements by...

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