Thirty years ago, a British computer scientist called Tim Berners-Lee went to his boss with a document titled “Information Management: a Proposal”. Tim was working at the CERN laboratories in Geneva and he wanted to help CERN scientists share the information regarding their experiments. Tim’s proposal, that his boss called ‘vague but exciting’, would become the WWW.
On February 15, thousands of UK school children will go on strike, and there will be a global student strike on March 15. All these kids are protesting against politicians for not doing enough to fight climate change. These and other inspiring initiatives are the product of children who have discovered that one is never too young to make a difference.
Last 12 November Stan Lee passed away. Lee was one of the most important authors in the history of comic books. He invented dozens of superheroes, such as The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. He did not simply create new characters with special powers, he also made them relatable and three-dimensional. His work helped comics become a complex and respected art form.
When the teenager Boyan Slat realized how much plastic pollutes our sea, he decided he had to do something about it. With ingenuity and determination, and thanks to the help of thousands of people, he built a special ship that he believes can clean the sea. On September 9 his 600-metre-long invention left San Francisco on its first incredible mission.
In 1973 Great Britain joined the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union (EU). Last year it decided to leave. Britain’s exit from the EU – Brexit in short – is a long and difficult process that will end up taking years to complete. Brexit is the latest chapter in the long drama between the UK and the Continent.
Columbus Day, the American national holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus, is becoming increasingly controversial. Over the past few months, statues of Columbus have been vandalised across the United States, and many American cities have stopped celebrating the Genoese explorer. These events are part of a larger story that deals with history, culture, racism and changing values.
On April 22, Earth Day was celebrated in more than 200 countries around the world. This yearly event was first held in the US in 1970. Earth Day wants to promote the protection of the environment. Its organizers say that we all have to act, and act now. We stand on the edge of environmental disaster and what is at stake is our very survival.
Last month, the most famous family in the world was probably that of Robert Kelly, a previously unknown professor of a South Korean university. Kelly and his family were the protagonists of one of the most viral TV fails in history, viewed around the world million of times. Interestingly, their family blooper raised not only laughs, but also some serious social debate about racial stereotypes.