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Brussels contemporary arts museum sooner than planned?

The idea for a museum of contemporary art in Brussels has been around for quite a while but, with the support of one hundred famous Brusseleirs - among which singers Arno and Stromae and director Michaël Roskam - plans for the MAK (Musem on the Canal) are now beginning to gain momentum. "If you can...

Women who freeze their eggs ‘wish they had done it earlier’

A new Belgian study finds that women who freeze their eggs in hopes of improving their fertility later in life often wished they'd done it at an earlier age. ‘Egg banking’, the practice of freezing eggs to circumvent age-related fertility, is becoming a popular trend in many countries, according to...

Giant 'corpse flower' blooms in Belgium

A flower that smells like ‘a dead body lying in Florida for two weeks’ attracted some 5,000 people to the National Botanical Garden of Belgium in Meise this week, ten times their usual draw, reports NBC News’ Dana McMahan . The plant, a striking violet flower unfurled around a green stalk, looms...

Belgium defence ministry opts for non-EU official vehicles

The Belgium unit of South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors has announced last night that its Sportage crossover vehicle has been chosen as the official car of Belgium's defence ministry, the Korea Times reports. Kia said it delivered the first vehicle to the defence ministry in a ceremony earlier...

Belgian and Dutch domain name registrars hacked

The Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (SIDN) has been forced to shut down several of its websites and temporarily limit access to the domain name registration system due to a security breach, while hackers have also defaced DNS.be, the organization that manages the .be...

Joining forces to beat Alzheimer’s

Earlier this year, the American neurologist Dennis J Selkoe received an honorary doctorate at the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Following the ceremony, the 70-year-old Harvard professor gave an inspiring lecture called “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease” in front of a crowded auditorium. The speech...

Mussels making us wait

A long and unusually cold spring is to blame for the mussels' delayed debut this year. Today in Yerseke, Zeeland, growers and merchants are gathered to measure quality. This annual mussel inspection is used to determine the current state of the shellfish and where the best ones will come from this...

Wildlife bridge helps animals cross Brussels ring

The two sides of the Sonian Forest are now separated by the busy ring road , but the tubular bridge , suspended from ropes, will change this. The bridge is part of the defragmentation measures of the Flemish government, which is required to reconnect animal h abitats that are separated by roads ...

Belgian Ramadan starts today

A ccording to the Muslim calendar, Ramadan begins as soon as the first crescent of the new moon is visible, meaning that t he exact start of Ramadan can differ from country to country . That explains why some Arab countries began fasting already on Tuesday. During Ramadan , Muslims do not eat ,...

Unnecessary eye operations cost government millions

This evolution is accompanied by a large increase in costs (84 percent) for the Belgian government, or up to €55million, according to De Tijd . One example is the decreasing number of prescriptions handed out for reading glasses, previously thought to be the ideal solution for hyperopia. Instead,...

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