Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 24

What science is about

Great concern in the world about the conviction of members from the Italian Committee for High Risks, as in the conclusions of the trial yesterday, in L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. “Scientist are horrified”, Euronews reports citing The Union of Concerned Scientists (although there is no clue of that in their website.) But the allegations charged to …

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Oct 18

Europe: calls

Environment Financial support for New Knowledge for an integrated management of human activities in the sea. Open call for proposals PP/ENV/SEA 2012  in the framework of the Pilot Project “New Knowledge for an integrated management of human activities in the sea”. Finance available: EUR 2.000.000. Deadline for applications: 19 December 2012, 17:00 hrs (Brussels time) …

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Oct 08

Italy: international cooperation call

Ministry of Foreign Affairs opens the call for proposals of joint research projects within the Executive Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Italian Republic and the Arab Republic of Egypt for the years 2013-2015. Proposal can be submitted here, in the following priority research areas: Agriculture and Food Science and Technology Design Engineering …

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Oct 02

Italy’s world records -#4

Corruption costs Italy €50-60 billion in terms of GDP loss per year. That’s around €600 billion not spent on services in Italy in the last 10 years, Libera NGO reports. 12% of Italians have been asked for bribes in 2012, with financial outflows around €10 billion decreasing productivity by 6%. The reports bursts into the …

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Oct 01

Will high oil prices permanently cap economic growth?

The answer to this question is positive, Jeff Rubin said to Bloomberg past week. “For most of the last century, cheap oil powered global economic growth. But in the last decade, the price of oil has quadrupled, and that shift will permanently shackle the growth potential of the world’s economies.” See also our recent posts …

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