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A Chinese journalist has been jailed for 4years due to her reporting of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

An independent Chinese journalist, Zhang Zhan, has been found guilty by the Shanghai court of law for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. She is the first citizen journalist known to have been sentenced to prison due to her reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.  According to her indictment, she was also twice detained for 10 days in 2019 but the document did not specify what had caused her detention.  Reason for Zhang Zhan arrest by chinese authorities  The 37-year-old former lawyer reported from Wuhan at the height of the initial coronavirus outbreak. She travelled over 400miles from S... Learn more...

Growing plants on Mars requires serious time and effort

Mars astronauts in the future could grow crops in the dirt to avoid relying only on resupply missions, and to grow a greater amount and variety of food than with hydroponics alone.  However, studies have shown that growing plants on Mars is a lot complicated than simply planting crops with poop as shown in the film—“The Martian”. In the film, the astronaut played by Matt Damon survived starvation on Mars by planting potatoes on Martian soil fertilized with feces.  Research into growing plants on Mars   Researchers tried planting food in three types of fake Mars dirt, similar in composition to... Learn more...

What is ETIAS and which countries are affected by this program?

Since 2016, the Commission of the European Union has decided to set up a system in order to control travelers who hardly need a Visa to enter the countries of the Schengen area.  This system, called the European Travel Information and Authorization System ETIAS, will not come into force until 2022. So, what should we know about ETIAS? What is ETIAS? Known in French as the European Information and Authorization System, ETIAS is a kind of Visa exemption program that will allow entry into the Schengen area to be controlled.  Indeed, populations of countries that do not need a Visa to enter the Sc... Learn more...