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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IN A NUTSHELL 12/2019-20

IN A NUTSHELL 12/2019-20 ALL MUSIC IN ONE PLACE: YOUTUBE MUSIC Services like Tidal, Spotify or Apple Music have been available for a good couple of years. Their idea is essentially the same: you pay a monthly fee for which you get unlimited access to millions of songs and tens of thousands of artists, alternative ones included. The database of Spotify, for example, includes some 50 million tracks. All services let users download their favourite music and listen to it offline. In essence, the idea is really promising especially for people who love music and buy many albums of their

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IN A NUTSHELL 9/2019

IN A NUTSHELL 9/2019 THE LONGEST FLIGHT IN THE WORLD An Australian airline, Qantas, has just successfully tested the longest commercial flight in history. A Boeing 787-9 flew from New York to Sydney, which took 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air. The flight was not one which opens regular connection but a test flight. To make the journey safe there were four pilots on board, 6 other crew members and only 40 passengers. What is interesting the same plane could not complete the journey if there were more people or cargo on board. In fact, no other could.

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