IN A NUTSHELL 22/2019-20

MOTHER MEETS HER DEAD DAUGHTER THANKS TO VR After Jang Ji-sung’s daughter, Na-yeon, died from a blood-related disease three years ago she found it very difficult to cope with the loss. Recently, thanks to VR technology the mother could meet her child once again. To make the meeting possible producers made a digital avatar of Na-yeon using an actual seven-year old child as a model. They also prepared a suitable digital scenery which was a nearby park. The mother put VR glasses on and was able to see her daughter come to life again, exchange a few words and touch

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IN A NUTSHELL 21/2019-20

IN A NUSTHELL 21/2019-20 CHINA TRIES TO STOP CORONAVIRUS The whole world is now looking at China where coronavirus had infected over 1,500 people by January 29, 2020. Over a hundred of them died. This means more people have been infected already than during an outbreak of SARS, a virus which killed almost 800 people globally back in 2003. Coronavirus is spreading fast and more than a dozen countries have reported cases of infected patients. All kinds of preventive measures are being taken, including most airlines spraying every plane arriving from China with special chemicals that kill the virus. The

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IN A NUTSHELL 19/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 19/2019-20 HARRY AND MEGHAN QUIT THE ROYAL FAMILY Prince Harry and his wife Meghan shocked the whole world on Wednesday January 8, 2020 announcing they want to step back from their royal duties. The couple says they want to become financially independent, follow a new working model and share their time between the UK and US. Even though Harry is sixth in line to the throne and so the chance of him ever becoming the king are close to zero, things like this have not happened in the past. Even more surprising is the fact that Harry

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IN A NUSTHELL 18/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 18/20 IRAN STRIKES BACK AFTER SULEIMANI’S DEATH After the USA had killed Qassem Suleimani, an Iranian general, the country’s leaders promised to take revenge on America. The general was a very important person for the Iranians and the crowd which gathered at his funeral was more than 3 kilometres long. On the night on January 7, 2020 more than a dozen missiles were fired at a military base with American soldiers and troops of the coalition forces. There is no doubt the attack was the promised revenge. Iranian officials said they targeted the base which organised the

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IN A NUTSHELL 16/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 16/2019-20 POLISH STUDENTS SCORE GREAT IN PISA RANKING Each year OECD conducts a huge research testing how educational systems around the world works. The results for 2018 are especially interesting for Poland because our students showed themselves from very good light. The experiment involved 600,000 students aged 15 from 79 countries and checked their skills in three areas: reading comprehension, mathematics and science. The group from Poland were 5653 students from 227 junior high schools, that is to say schools currently shut down as part of educational reform. In reading comprehension our students had one of the

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IN A NUTSHELL 15/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 15/2019-20 MUSIC TO HELP REHABILITATE INMATES When you think about a prison you usually have in mind an institution where people are sent as a form of punishment. All too often we concentrate on this aspect of prison, punishing, and forget that that their main role is to help people correct their lives and return to society. What happens in a maximum security prison in South Carolina concentrates exactly on this second, more important aspect. Every year musicians from a chamber orchestra from New York come here for a week to write and practice music with inmates.

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IN A NUTSHELL 13/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 13/2019-20 PEOPLE STILL BETTER AT MAKING SHOES THAN ROBOTS When Adidas opened their first automated shoe factory four years ago it was definitely with an intention of getting rid of human workers at all in the perspective of a few years. Speedfactory, as it was called, used only machines to make shoes and operated in Germany (later also in the USA). Over four years the company learned robots can be very good at making shoes but are able to do it only for a limited number of models. Whenever something changes in the design or materials, machines

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