Fight against fake news
The EU Commission wants to introduce a media freedom law next week to protect people and the media from attempts to influence them. Fake news should have fewer chances, Vice President Vera Jourova announced in Brussels. “When we see such a negative trend – political pressure, economic pressure, increasing threats and violence against journalists – we have to act,” Jourova said. According to them, the aim is, among other things, to make the allocation of state advertising funds more transparent. Journalistic sources should also be better protected. Jourova made it clear that she expects strong opposition from some EU states to the planned proposal for the legal act.
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CERN plans for energy crisis
Europe’s nuclear research center CERN wants to do its part in the coming months to save electricity during particularly high demand. Plans are currently being drawn up how some of the eight particle accelerators could be switched off – if necessary even the Large Hadron Collider. Serge Claudet told the Wall Street Journal that he is responsible for the energy management of the huge facility. At peak times, CERN uses about 200 megawatts of electricity, which is about a third as much as all of Geneva. 200,000 people live in the big city at the gates of which CERN is located.
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ESA no longer wants to work with Roskosmos
The head of the European Space Agency cannot imagine that ESA will again cooperate so closely with Russia as it did before the Russian attack on Ukraine began. He speaks for all member states, Josef Aschbacher assured the US magazine ArsTechnica. One cannot work with a partner who tramples on European values. The Russian-European Mars mission ExoMars is also affected. Russia’s space agency Roskosmos was to provide not only the rocket but also the landing platform for transporting the Rosalind Franklin rover. It is unclear how this will continue. It will probably start in 2028 at the earliest.
Maker Faire in Hannover
Finally, a message on our own behalf: This weekend, September 10th and 11th, Germany’s largest maker meeting point – the Maker Faire – will finally take place again in Hanover after a two-year break due to the pandemic. At 200 exhibition stands in and around the Hannover Congress Centrum, makers from a wide variety of subject areas are showing their exhibits. At almost all stands there are hands-on activities and small walk-in workshops that invite you to try things out and learn.
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