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VUB investigates authenticity of Manneken Pis

The Free University of Brussels (VUB) will put the city’s most famous statue, the Manneken Pis, under the microscope to verify, once and for all, whether the current statue is the original, Brusselnieuws reports. Since its creation in 1619, the legendary bronze statue has been stolen many times,...

Shepherd breathes life into old practice, and moorland

“Look, this is what it should be like.” Leen Ricour kneels and points to the ground. “Heath and ling [a heather variety], interspersed with flowering sundew.” This carnivorous plant, unsightly yet beautiful, has become rare in Flanders. A bit later, we spot a lizard scampering away. The rare plants...

Brussels region launches campaign against stereotyped career choices

Brussels region’s secretary of state for equal opportunities, Bianca Debaets, has joined with the regional business federation BECI to launch a programme aimed at tackling gender stereotypes in choice of career. According to research, young people in Brussels tend to make career choices along...

Belgians living 218 days longer

The life expectancy of a person born in Belgium is 218 days longer than it was two years ago, the Federal Public Service Economy has announced. Today the average Belgian lives to be 81.07 years old, according to De Standaard. Over the past 20 years life expectancy has risen sharply in Belgium, on...

Taking the pill protects against uterine cancer

A study by The Lancet Oncology confirms that in the last 10 years 200,000 cases of uterine cancer have been avoided by using the birth control pill. British researchers compared 27,000 women across 36 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa who had been diagnosed with cancer of the...

5 best jogging routes in Brussels

Running is one of the most accessible sport activities one can do in Brussels. All you need to start is a pair of shoes, serviceable weather and some vague sense of direction. This ease of entry might explain much of its wide popularity – Brussels is home to several running clubs, including the...

Asylum seekers sleeping in streets

Asylum facilities are full, says the Belgian Immigration Office, which yesterday turned away 50 asylum seekers, many of whom were then forced to sleep in the street and public parks. Asylum seekers, who can usually enter one of the asylum facilities the same day they register with the Immigration...

1,700 Belgian drivers ticketed per day in France

In July, 52,669 Belgian drivers were picked up by France’s automated speeding detectors along its highways, according to mobility organisation Touring. That makes 1,700 caught per day, say De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad. The number is lower than the previous year, when some 60,000 Belgians were...

International UGent students report “alarming” air quality in home country

The air quality in African and Asian cities with more than 10 million inhabitants is “alarmingly bad”, according to a Ghent University (UGent) project in which international students collected air samples in their home countries. Students of the Master’s degree in environmental sanitation took...

UGent develops “sponge” to extract CO2 from exhaust gases

The centre for molecular modelling at Ghent University (UGent) and the University of California in Berkeley have developed a new technology to extract carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from exhaust gases. The universities focused on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), a technology that captures exhaust...

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