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The first Belgian is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics

Francois Englert has put Belgium in the history books after receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics in Stockholm. Englert takes home the award with fellow scientist Peter Higgs, whose research together led to their discovery of the God Particle. The Nobel Prize comes nearly five decades after the two...

Mystery behind Belgium's secret Santa solved

Just when it appeared as though Santa may actually exist, a mystery gift giver has been revealed. For days, residents of the Belgian seaside resort town of Koksijde have been finding €20 notes in their mailboxes. The welcome surprise added up to roughly €2000 finding its way into the daily...

Countdown traffic lights announced in Brussels

Crossing any major road on foot in Brussels can be risky at the best of times. But now to the relief of pedestrians in Europe’s capital, they will begin seeing the installation of countdown traffic lights along one of the city’s major thoroughfares. Pedestrians will now know how many seconds they...

Culture beat – December 10

Brussels’ newest museum opened its doors this past weekend. The Fin-de-Siècle Museum is dedicated to the period between 1865 and 1914. During these years Brussels became an artistic as well as political capital, thanks to so many indefatigably modernist young Belgians. Among them were visual...

Pay gap between men and women still more than 10%

The gap in Belgium is narrower than in the EU as a whole, where the difference is 16.2%, also the same as in 2010. Women in Europe are therefore working 59 days in the year for nothing, said Viviane Reding, commissioner for citizenship and fundamental rights. “We have laws that guarantee equal pay...

Record sum paid for original Tintin drawing

Another work by the artist, whose real name Georges Rémi, also fetched six figures: a series of six panels in Indian ink from the Tintin album Prisoners of the Sun was sold at the same sale, organised by Millon, for €114,948. The sale was dedicated to original works by strip artists, including...

Premier League donates football pitch to Ypres team

In December of 2014, the new pitch will be inaugurated with an International Christmas Truce tournament, marking the centenary of the many unofficial cease-fires that took place around Christmas 1914 between German and British soldiers. The period is famous for seeing the mingling of the two sides...

VUB scientist receives European grant of €1.5 million

By using carbon-based materials, Vermeulen is working to improve the energy efficiency of lasers on a chip that emit a wide variety of colours, making them fit for large-scale applications. The light sources on chips could be used for biomedical purposes, for example, making sure that diabetes...

Electrawinds seeks protection from creditors

Electrawinds is currently in talks to strengthen its capital base and find new investors, and the filing aims to allow those negotiations to go ahead without the pressure of demands from creditors of the company’s €362 million debt. Last Friday, €40 million in bank debt fell due, and another €77...

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