James Bond is From Odessa

Everyone knows the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. British author Ian Fleming’s hero has been a box office star for more than half a century. Bond is celebrated around the globe for his brilliant mind, wild adventures, and debonair charm. “Women want him, and men want to be him”. What most people don’t […]

Do Drivers Really Want To Give Up Driving?

A leading research firm has confirmed this week what many nay-sayers to autonomous vehicles have long suspected. People don’t really want tech that drives the cars for them. J.D. Power and Associates’ annual technology experience study shows a high percentage of drivers today so dissatisfied with tech like lane-centering and other driver-assistance alerts that they […]

Netherlands Ambassador Reminisces about Amsterdam and ‘Going Dutch’

The Dutch reputation for thriftiness is not entirely without justification, acknowledged Hendrik Jan Jurriaan Schuwer as he prepared to wrap up his mission as the Netherlands’ ambassador to the United States. His countrymen have long believed that “what you don’t have, you cannot spend,” Schuwer says in explaining the philosophy behind the expression “go Dutch,” […]

“Meaningless words” by Mraia Zakharova, or a hustle around the slipping G7

Just yesterday, some were biting their nails, while some, in a frenzied fit of greatness, rejoiced over the issue of Russia’s return to the G7 as part of a conversation between U.S. and French presidents. It would seem that all that was left was to launch the #MacroNash (#MacronIsOurs) hashtag and pack the bags, but, […]

Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019: Disordered Proteins As Drug Targets

Decades ago, scientists identified a particular class of proteins driving illnesses from cancer to neurodegenerative disease. These “intrinsically disordered proteins” (IDPs) looked different from the proteins with rigid structures that were more familiar in cells. IDPs were shape-shifters, appearing as ensembles of components that constantly changed configurations. This loose structure allows the IDPs to bring […]

Green Banks: Financing The Low-Carbon Future

On the evening of July 10, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted a  conversation on green banks, where climate finance leaders openly discussed the role of green financial institutions as tools that work to unlock investment for clean energy initiatives. Following brief welcoming remarks by David Livingston, deputy director for climate and advanced energy […]

Black Sea twice as polluted by marine litter as Mediterranean Sea – EU/UNDP project’s survey

Odesa, 30 July 2019 – The amount of marine litter in the Black Sea is almost twice as high as in the Mediterranean Sea, while concentrations of some pollutants exceed their toxicity threshold value. These are the results of the Joint Black Sea Surveys presented by the EU/UNDP-funded project “Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black […]

Should We All Take the Slow Road to Love?

Millennials are going on fewer dates, having less sex and marrying later. Do they know something about love that the rest of us don’t? Is the secret to lasting love to take it slow? As in really, really slow? The millennial generation is putting that theory to the test, opting for what the biological anthropologist […]