Happy New Year! On the first day of 2013, we take a look at a number of pressing global developments, and look back on a number of top discoveries, technologies, and headlines that shaped 2012; all found below!
- The US Senate has approved legislation aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff" by stopping most tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that were due to begin with the new year.
- Egypt's draft constitution, which is being voted on in a referendum Saturday, is made up of an introduction, an 11-part preamble and 236 articles. Critics have raised concerns over issues including Islamic law and women's rights
- Belgium's federal public prosecutors have decided to prosecute the Church of Scientology in Belgium and several of its high-ranking members. The organisation and several of its members face charges in connection with extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violations of privacy legislation.
- The United Nations Security Council has approved an open-ended resolution authorizing military operation to secure northern Mali from terrorist organizations. The design of this gradual intervention, authored by France and to be led by African forces (Ecowas) and supported by the UN military, has been repeatedly demanded by the African Union.
Business & Economy
- The French are responding to Europe's stagnant economy by sharing rather than consuming. People have seen that, statistically, most people with a power drill use it for 12 seconds each year, so now they are wondering, why bother buying one?
Nearly two years ago, an Ecuadorian court found the oil giant liable for the pollution and ordered it to pay more than $18bn to the plaintiffs. But Chevron, calling the case fradulent, has sought to block enforcement of the ruling in US and international courts.
Two former executives at an Icelandic bank which collapsed in the 2008 financial meltdown were sentenced to jail on Friday for fraud which led to a 53 million euro loss, in the first major trial of Icelandic bankers linked to the crisis.
Energy & Environment
Science, Technology, & Design
- Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage.
- Autodesk, the industry leader in CAD software, has announced it is partnering with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3-D design software for designing and printing living tissue.
- A devastating storm, a new phase of Mars exploration, a recipe for a pandemic flu—these and other events highlight the year in science and technology
- As biodiversity declines, tropical diseases are thriving and threatening dense urban populations and straining healthcare systems
- Amazing new house proves that green doesn’t have to mean expensive
Unexpected and Intriguing
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