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UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpowerByThe Associated PressJanuary 27, 2020, 12:07 AM2 min readLONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpower.” Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program with a pledge of 300 million pounds ($ 392 million) for research into advanced mathematics. The money will help fund researchers and doctoral students whose work in math underpins myriad developments such as safer air travel, smart phone technology and artificial intelligence. The new visa route wil
Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said the state won't join, citing fears of a gas price hike. Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he couldn't support the initiative if it amounts to a tax on carbon. A spokesman for Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the state has yet to sign a draft memorandum of understanding for the TCI, citing the unique challenges of addressing transportation in a rural state. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states an...
National flags, military presence and pregnant women – the battle for Antarctic dominance

National flags, military presence and pregnant women – the battle for Antarctic dominance

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Antarctica faces a growing threat from fishing and mining as its ice melts and the world's population swells, an expert has warned.Klaus Dodds, professor of geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London, said climate change could erode Antarctica's special status as the last great wilderness, leading to increasing pressure to exploit its resources. "If you're not careful, the ice is slippery," he said in an interview with Sky News to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the continent. "If Antarctica continues to change thanks to things like climate change, will that also lead to a shift in the way that we think of Antarctica? Does Antarctica stop being so exceptional?"He said seals and whales have been heavily exploited in the past, but increasingly fish and, in future,...
China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

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BEIJING -- Chinese authorities announced a temporary ban on the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are found in violation of the provisions of this announcement,” read the the ban issued by three government agencies. No wildlife can be transported or sold in any markets or online, according to text of the announcement in state media. Suspected violators will be sent to security services, and their will be properties closed and sealed. Legal breeding centers will be quarantined. The ban will continue until “the epidemic situation is lifted nationwide” in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus a
Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law

Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law

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Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU.Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed.EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms, but the UK will have left the EU by then.The UK was among 19 nations that initially supported the law.That was in its final European Council vote in April 2019.'Terrible for the internet'Copyright is the legal right that allows an artist to protect how their original work is used.The EU Copyright Directive that covers how "online content-sharing services" should deal with copyright-protected con...