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Japan moves toward a cashless society

  IN April 2018, Japan’s Min­istry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled a set of proposals that included hiking the ratio of cashless payments to 40 percent of all transactions by 2025 from less than 20 percent in 2016, and to 80 percent in the future. In Japan, cashless payments are limited because of […]

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World’s progress to gender equality

    ACCORDING to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 an­nual report, Sweden is top 3rd country following Iceland and Norway. Sweden has the most generous parental leave policy in the world, with parents entitled to share 480 days paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. This is just one of the initiatives […]

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World’s progress to gender equality

    THE World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released the Global Gender Gap Report 2018. The index was first published in 2006 as a framework for measur­ing gender disparities in countries. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society. Countries are ranked according to […]

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Loss of telco service is a new kind of disaster

    TWO scientists, James Allison at the University of Texas and Ta­suku Honjo at Kyoto University in Japan, who pioneered an entirely new way to treat cancer have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their work led to a fourth class of treatment – alongside surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – that […]

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Food in space

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Food in space

    THE first meal in space was served for John Glenn, an American astronaut. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. The space food of early 1960s consisted of pureed food packed into aluminum tubes, just like toothpaste. They […]

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New way to treat cancer

    TWO scientists, James Al­lison at the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo at Kyoto University in Japan, who pioneered an entirely new way to treat cancer have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their work led to a fourth class of treatment – alongside surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – that […]

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