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Europe and the region play an increasing role in funding of research and development

22-04-2015Dutch science gets more financial support from Europe, according to figures that the Rathenau Instituut published.

New book: ‘Science and Technology Governance and Ethics’

10-02-2015What are the limits of biotechnology? Do the promises of novel nanomaterials outweigh the risks? New book compares China, India and Europe.

New international report on the economy of the future

30-01-2015Will there eventually be fewer jobs, and a widened income gap? New report on technological trends and the policies of different countries.

Technology will make this world a better place

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Facebook as Public Sphere: The Black Pete Debate

10 October 2014 09:27

In 2013 UN investigator Verene Shepherd provided that the ‘Black Pete’ character, the blackface companions of Saint Nicholas tradition in the Dutch folklore (commonly...