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Bacteria found in North Sea produce electricity

An international team of marine researchers from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have found so-called “living batteries” in the North Sea off the coast of Ostend. The long, wire-shaped bacteria produce electricity, creating a sort of...

Royal Army Museum director shown the door

Dominique Hanson was replaced yesterday as the head of the Royal Military Museum in Brussels, writes De Standaard . Curator Piet De Gryse made the announcement to the staff of the museum yesterday, bringing an end to the mandate of director Dominique Hanson. "Referring to the note from Minister of...

Another peregrine falcon nest in Brussels

For the eleventh year in a row, a pair of peregrine falcons has taken up nest in the tower of the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in the centre of Brussels. A viewing cabin is being set up today at the foot of the cathedral to allow curious passers-by to observe the peregrine falcons, the...

Belgium not ready for wolf’s return

France and Germany and, more recently, the Netherlands have a so-called “wolf plan” in place. Belgium’s neighbours are prepared for the return of the wolf, a comeback that has been slowly taking place over that past 50 years, since the European Union and Western European nations began stepping up...

The Best Belgian Inventions

Question: what do the following have in common? The Mercator projection, the saxophone, the birth control pill and the incandescent lamp. Answer: they were all invented by Belgians. Also, they were all on the long-list of DBBU, a Radio 1 poll to find the best Belgian invention. The list ran to 36...

Belgium's former US ambassador: "It was no fun to be me"

Howard Gutman, the former US ambassador to Belgium, spoke publicly last week in the Flemish TV talk show Reyers laat about his final weeks in Belgium last summer, which saw him leave the country in a firestorm of controversy. Gutman specifically thanked Belgian leaders for supporting him at the...

Belgium's Eén and BBC co-produce new drama series

Eén, the leading channel of the Flemish public broadcaster VRT, has begun shooting a new series in co-production with the BBC. The Missing stars Belgian actors Titus De Voogdt ( Small Gods, 22 Mei ) and Emilie Dequenne ( A perdre la raison ), as well as British actors James Nesbitt ( The Hobbit )...

Street food comes to Brussels

The City of Brussels has identified 15 potential sites for mobile food stalls, or food trucks. The sites are located mainly in the centre, but also in the North, at the end of Avenue Louise/Louizaan and Neder-Over-Heembeek. Food truck managers can submit their applications until the end of April...

Citizens determine speed camera locations

Yesterday the federal police launched a campaign inviting citizens to go online and tell the police where they see a need for speed cameras. As of 17.00 yesterday, the website www.ikflitsmee.be of the Belgian Road Safety Institute (IBSR/BIVV) received requests for speed cameras at 10,290 locations...

Seven out of ten kids go to day care

Close to 70 percent of children in Belgium between three months and three years of age attends day care. That can be formal day care in a nursery or under the supervision of professional child minders, or informal, under relatives’ care. The figure has remained stable since 2009, but the choice of...

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