Germany: the challenges of the new Chancellor Scholz

Editorial of the “World”. Every reign has an end, even that of Angela Merkel at the head of Germany. After sixteen years in power, the “Eternal Chancellor” – a nickname dating back to… 2013 – hands over, Wednesday, December 8, to the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz (SPD). Admittedly, the rupture is only relative, since the … Read more

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

Journal Reference: Bo Wang, Fei Li, Long‐Qing Chen. Inverse Domain‐Size Dependence of Piezoelectricity in Ferroelectric Crystals. Advanced Materials, 2021; 2105071 DOI: 10.1002/adma.202105071 Ferroelectric materials possess spontaneous electric dipole moments that can be reversibly flipped by applying an electric field. Domains are areas in the ferroelectric crystal that have the dipole moments aligned in the same … Read more

Peng Shuai affair challenges central Chinese power

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during a women’s singles match against Shelby Rogers of the United States at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, October 2, 2017. GREG BAKER / AFP «Zhoumo yukuai!» : According to a journalist from CGTN, the international version of Chinese state television CCTV, former tennis champion Peng Shuai wished … Read more

Energy: “Meeting the objectives of security, competitiveness and sustainability is one of the most formidable challenges of the 21st century”

Tribune. From the G20 in Rome to COP26 in Glasgow, the global conversation on energy and climate reveals a fundamental truth: Everyone wants to save the planet, but no one wants to see national energy bills increase. In their Rome declaration, G20 leaders underscored their commitment to ensure a “Just and orderly transition of our … Read more

Football: surprise team challenges Bavaria

“We have an initial situation that nobody could have expected,” said Freiburg captain Christian Günter. “Maybe after the third match day you can go to the top game in Munich as SC Freiburg. But after ten match days, I don’t think that was the case. ”In fact, this constellation is unique: the fact that both … Read more