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  Still a huge gap between the sexes

Photo of article It is common knowledge that despite significant efforts to reduce the education and employment gap between the sexes, the issue remains unresolved. Women still earn less than men, and are still a minority in political decision-making and senior management positions. Women also form the majority of the unemployed, and perform most of the part-time and unpaid jobs. In the latest data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, a four-year Structure of Earnings Survey produced detailed information on the distribution of earnings in the EU. Perhaps one of the most startling facts to come to light is the news that one out of every six employees in the EU-27 was a low-wage earner in 2010.

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Published: 18 January 2013

  Study finds why parasites can be good for society

Photo of article Ants are tough, loyal and hard workers, all working towards a common goal. New research from Germany, France and the United Kingdom suggests that political and economic theorists could learn lessons by examining how ant colonies allocate food resources. Current political systems use legislation and regulations to ensure that resources are not overexploited. The findings, presented in the journal The American Naturalist, show how ant colonies reap rewards when an external 'parasite' enters the picture, effectively helping curb resource overexploitation by resident queens. More female offspring with queen potential is the result, which in turn gives colony efficiency and fitness (or health) a big boost.

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Published: 13 February 2012

  High-end summer school fosters pan-European scientific cooperation

Photo of article This week 200 students and experts are meeting at a European summer school for advanced computer architecture in the Italian medieval town of Fiuggi from 10 July to 16 July. The aim is to build up networks and promote international contacts among scientists from both academia and industry, and to disseminate advanced scientific knowledge. Forging stronger ties and building solid cooperation is important for both researchers and industrialists, say the partners of the HIPEAC ('High performance and embedded architecture and compilation') project, which is organising the event. HIPEAC is backed with EUR 4.8 million under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). What sets this summer school apart from others is its broad scope, ranging from low level technological issues to sophisticated compilation techniques. So students, regardless if they are at either the entry or advanced level, receive the information to meet their needs.

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Published: 14 July 2011

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