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What The US Thinks Of Europe And What Europe Thinks Of The US

Stereotypes today are typically outdated and vaguely racist but when harmless, they can be quite comical. Like these quick hitter animations about what the USA thinks of Europe and vice versa and what different parts of Europe thinks about the other parts. They’re a lot of fun to watch.


Switzerland Puts Secret Bacteria In Cheese To Catch Knockoffs

In parts of Europe, where cheese is taken seriously as a source of national pride, entire labs are devoted to spotting knockoff Emmental and Gruyere. Switzerland has what may be the most impressive strategy yet: secret cocktails of bacteria, sent only to licensed cheesemakers, that work as living biological tracers.


A Sneak Peek Into The Guts Of The New European Space Shuttle

Briefly: Photographer Enrico Sacchetti got a peek of Europe’s new experimental space shuttle, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, and sent us this cool photo of its guts. The IXV will be launched from Kourou, French Guiana, in October 2014.


Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Law Killed

Earlier this week, Europe’s controversial “Right to be forgotten” legislation started going after Wikipedia pages. Now we know more: Wikipedia has revealed the five pages removed from Google searches, adding up to more than 50 links in total.


13 European Dream Homes You Can Actually Rent

It’s no secret that Europe is full of magical places. However, you’re probably never going to stay in Windsor Castle or sleep in Rapunzel’s tower. You might, however, enjoy a similar brush with a fairy tale thanks to this architecture-loving travel agency in Germany.


Europe's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Law Kills Its First Wikipedia Page

Europe’s controversial “Right to be forgotten” ruling has claimed its first Wikipedia page victim, according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Wales told The Observer that the EU legislation is “completely insane and needs to be fixed”.


150 Neuroscientists Have A Problem With The EC's Human Brain Project

With the mysteries of particle physics well in hand, the European Union is moving onto another big fish in the realm of science: the human brain. The aptly-named “Human Brain Project” is aimed at figuring out how our grey matter works by using supercomputers to simulate its inner-workings. Not everyone is happy with the way the EU is going about the project however, with 150 neuroscientists publishing an open letter denouncing the HBP’s “overly narrow approach”, dramatically increasing its risk of failure.


What Other Countries Call Santa Claus

Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in comparison, doesn’t it?


We Still Have Time To Destroy Ourselves Before The Future Comes

According to Carl Sagan, the only thing that can stop us from reaching the stars is a) a global extinction event or b) nuclear self-destruction. I thought B was out of the question already but, according to the Wall Street Journal, perhaps we aren’t there yet. The news is that Russia has deployed SS-26 Stone mobile nuclear missile platforms — pictured in the photo — extremely close to Europe, on the Baltic Sea, near Poland and Lithuania.


Monster Machines: The UK Is Building Its First Nuclear Plant In A Quarter Century

The UK has set some very ambitious carbon reduction goals for itself — including the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 80 per cent by 2050, but this goal is proving more challenging than anticipated. At this rate, the UK will have to go fully-carbon free by 2030. So to meet its environmental deadline, they’re building the biggest, safest — and first — nuclear power plant on the British Isles in nearly 25 years.