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Australian researchers create 3D-printed jet engine, breakthrough captures attention of Airbus and Boeing
27 February 2015 - Australian researchers have created the world's first 3D-printed jet engine in a manufacturing breakthrough that engineers expect will lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets. (more)

British Columbia to lead Canada with 3 per cent growth this year
27 February 2015 - British Columbia will lead the country in economic growth this upcoming year, according to a forecast from the Conference Board of Canada. British Columbia is also the only province to post a surplus budget so far this year. (more)

Canada: Economy, consumer confidence brighten in Ontario
27 February 2015 - Economists and consumers see brighter days ahead for Ontario, according to a forecast and opinion poll released separately on 23 February. Growth in Ontario's economy is projected to come in at a healthy 2.9 per cent this year, roaring ahead of the national average of 1.9 per cent for the first time since 2002, according to the forecast by the Ottawa-based economic think-tank. Meanwhile, Ontario consumers have replaced those on the prairies as Canada's most optimistic. (more)

Migrant and refugee youths use soccer tournament to send message of unity in wake of Sydney siege
27 February 2015 - More than 100 young migrants and refugees have taken part in a soccer tournament at Fairfield in Sydney's west to send a message of unity in the wake of the Sydney siege. The sporting contest was one of a dozen social events and activities held as part of a day of action across western Sydney. Ten migrant resource centres across the state joined Settlement Services International to bring together socially isolated youth through sport and social activities. (more)

Solar power set to become cheapest source of energy over next decade, German think tank says
27 February 2015 - Solar energy is set to become the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world within the next 10 years, according to a new report released by German think tank, Agora Energiewende. The report was commissioned by the independently funded organization, designed to steer Germany towards its 80 per cent renewable energy target. (more)

German consumers most confident since dot-com boom
26 February 2015 - Consumer confidence in Germany has hit its highest level in 13 years, leading an increase across Europe, as low energy costs and interest rates helped offset any concerns about the crises in Ukraine and Greece. The findings were echoed by a report on the wider eurozone, which saw confidence among both consumers and businesses increase to a seven-month high in February. (more)

New Yorkers return stolen church paintings to Bolivia
26 February 2015 - The discovery that two paintings held by a New York couple had been stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 has ignited a search for 10 other colonial-era paintings that were taken in the theft, one the largest such crimes in the country's history. Richard and Roberta Huber contacted Bolivian officials after learning from a New York museum that the two large works had been reported stolen. The Hubers had purchased the paintings legally from an art gallery in Sao Paulo and restored them. (more)

UK: Queen Elizabeth marks 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (Reuters video)
26 February 2015 - Queen Elizabeth inspected a copy of the Magna Carta at a reception marking the document's 800th anniversary. Though it's centuries old -- the legal principles outlined in the document helped inspire the British and US Constitutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The four surviving original copies were displayed together for the first time at London's British Museum earlier this month. To watch video see: (more)

US: Tech stocks soaring again, but with stronger wings this time
26 February 2015 - Whenever you hear, 'this time is different,' the wise move is usually to ignore it. But when it comes to technology stocks, which are flying at levels unseen since the dot-com boom was about to go bust, mutual-fund managers are insisting that this time really is different. And they're largely right. The Nasdaq composite index is trading near its record level set in 2000, but the lofty level is better supported this time. (more)

New Marriott heralded as boost to beleaguered Haiti hotel market
25 February 2015 - Haiti's meager hotel offerings got a major boost on Tuesday with the inauguration of a brand new Marriott in the heart of the capital, the latest in a series of modern additions to the impoverished Caribbean island's hospitality sector. (more)

French consumer confidence at highest in nearly three years
25 February 2015 - French consumer confidence rose to its highest level in nearly three years in February, adding to signs the euro zone's second-largest economy is slowly lifting itself out of stagnation. Households were more optimistic in February than they had been since May 2012, official data showed on Wednesday. (more)

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe
25 February 2015 - A black hole 12 billion times as massive as the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday. The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes and their host galaxies grew in relative lockstep over the eons. (more)

Few UK Muslims have sympathy for Paris attack motives, most oppose violence - poll
25 February 2015 - One in four British Muslims say they have some sympathy with the motives behind the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo but the vast majority think attacks on those who publish images of the Prophet Mohammad are wrong, a poll has found. Seventy-eight per cent felt it was 'deeply offensive' personally when images of Mohammad were published. However, 68 per cent said acts of violence against those who printed images of Mohammad were never justified, and 85 per cent said organisations which published such images did not deserve to be attacked. (more)

Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue
25 February 2015 - More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend. (more)

Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory
25 February 2015 - Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. The black hole was discovered a team of global scientists led by Xue-Bing Wu at Peking University, China, as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which provided imagery data of 35 per cent of the northern hemisphere sky. The ANU is leading a comparable project, known as SkyMapper, to carry out observations of the Southern Hemisphere sky. (more)

India's scriptures mention gravity 1500 years before Isaac Newton, says former ISRO Chief
24 February 2015 - One of the India's leading scientists and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman, G Madhavan Nair, on Saturday propounded the theory that some shlokas in the Vedas mention the presence of water on the moon, and that astronomy experts like Aryabhatta knew about gravitational force much before Issac Newton. The 71-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee said the Indian Vedas and ancient scriptures also had information on metallurgy, algebra, astronomy, maths, architecture, and astrology way before the western world knew about them. (more)

India: New pitch for organic farming at Chandigarh convention next week
24 February 2015 - Seeking adequate government's intervention to promote organic farming in a big way, thousands of farmers from across the country will assemble in Chandigarh for a three-day convention, beginning February 28. They will share their success stories with policy-makers and brainstorm on ways and means to make India a world leader in organic farming. (more)

India: Vastu expert made Telangana government adviser
24 February 2015 - Telangana is all set to become a vaastu compliant state with an expert in the ancient art taking charge as an advisor to the government on Monday. Suddala Sudhakara Teja will assume charge as an 'advisor on architecture' to the government. 'Vaastu is a time-tested branch of science, and by adopting it properly we can bring in efficiency to the system ensuring success. My job is to align the systems and process with the principles of vaastu so that the governance is effective and vibrant,' Mr Teja told The Times of India. (more)

Mexico: La Paz to be 100 per cent solar powered by the end of 2015
24 February 2015 - When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La Paz just last year and provides a whopping 64 per cent of the power requirements for the city of just over 200,000 people. (more)

Below the radar, growth in Europe starts swelling company profits
23 February 2015 - Signs of a long-awaited recovery in Europe are starting to show through in the profits of leading global companies, even if their bosses are still giving most of the credit to strong demand in Asia or the United States. Analysts say investors haven't fully factored in the extent to which the European Union -- whose year-on-year GDP growth of just 1.3 per cent in the last quarter of 2014 was around half the US level -- has begun to turn the corner. (more)

Apple to set up high-tech data hubs in northern Europe
23 February 2015 - Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centres in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday. (more)

Billions flow back into European equities as revenue outlook improves
23 February 2015 - Fund managers are pouring billions of dollars into European stocks as forecast-beating quarterly revenues bolster expectations for a recovery in corporate earnings. European equities saw their largest ever inflows last week, and investors are buoyed by improving domestic demand in Europe and a drop in the euro, which should boost export competitiveness. European shares are trading at seven-year highs in part because many in the market believe companies in the region have turned a corner. (more)

German business confidence rises for 4th straight month
23 February 2015 - A closely-watched measure of German business confidence released Monday rose for the fourth straight month in February in another positive sign from Europe's largest economy. (more)

Population 7,500, Guingamp, France takes on the world's best
23 February 2015 - With one of the puniest budgets in France's top division, Guingamp can't splash the cash like some of the mammoths. Out here in one of the most unlikely backwaters of top-class football, in a Brittany town of 7,300 inhabitants, euros and cents are counted in before being counted out. Guingamp defies the usual logic of modern football. The only French team among 32 still in the competition travels to Kiev this week, carrying a 2-1 lead. 'We like being the never-ending miracle, the little village of Gauls who resist,' said Fabrice Colleau, a Guingamp coach and former teammate of Drogba and Malouda. (more)

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