Andrei Oros

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Prosecutors investigate corruption in Romanian Government’s mortgage program

Romanian prosecutors are investigating possible corruption offenses related to the state-backed First House mortgage lending program. Policemen …

Corruption

Romanian President promulgates one of the three controversial justice laws

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Thursday that he promulgated the changes to the law on the organization of the judiciary in Romania (Law n. 304 …

Democratic Party

Romania may pay penalties for failing to adopt anti-money laundering EU directive

The European Commission (EC) referred Greece and Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering …

Money Laundering

Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t

Long thought promising, viruses that target bacteria may be edging closer to use.<p>Due largely to overuse, we're at risk of seeing many of our …

Biology

Potential DNA damage from CRISPR has been ‘seriously underestimated,’ study finds

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping DNA — creates an unholy …

Genetics

Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record

Scientists have just packed 18 qubits — the most basic units of quantum computing — into just six weirdly connected photons. That's an unprecedented …

Quantum Physics

Venice Commission warns on justice reform effects in Romania

The three bills amending the existing judiciary legislation in Romania, which were adopted by the Parliament at the end of last year, would “likely …

Europe

90 people, companies sent to court in illegal medical service reimbursements case in Romania

The National Anticorruption Department (DNA) sent to court 90 defendants in a case targeting illegal medical service reimbursements in Romania, in …

Health Care

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene

Groundbreaking research shows, for the first time, how the most well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease causes signs in human brain …

Dementia

Tiny Gold Specks Can Generate Hydrogen From Water 4 Times More Efficiently Than We Can Now

And store solar energy.<p>Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently …

Nanotech

Romania’s former DNA chief prosecutor will continue anticorruption fight at new job

Laura Codruta Kovesi will use the experience acquired during the years she worked as chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) …

Romania

EC revises downwards economic growth forecast for Romania

The European Commission (EC) has revised downwards its economit growth forecast for Romania, for both 2018 and 2019, according to its Summer 2018 …

Romania

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

Neutralising the safety issue has opened the door to the biggest prize of all: the Internet of Things<p>On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, …

Public Health

Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes

Several new studies have rejuvenated a long-dismissed idea that links the common brain disease to the viral infections.<p>In 1907, the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer published a description of a 50-year-old woman who suffered from memory problems, hallucinations, and delusions. In the woman’s …

Dementia

SiliconX: Scientists hail new alloy as missing ingredient for next-gen batteries

For years, scientists have seen silicon as a hugely promising material in the world of lithium-ion batteries. The primary reason for this is that …

Electric Vehicles

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory. But not so much anymore. On …

Neuroscience

EC president to Romanian PM: Return to a normal political discourse in the country

European Commission (EC) president Jean-Claude Juncker urged Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila to work towards returning to a “normal political …

Europe

Romanian MP invites former anticorruption head to join his party

Romanian MP Dan Barna, who is also the president of the opposition party Save Romania Union (USR), said he proposed Laura Codruta Kovesi, the former …

Corruption

Romanian president explains decision to dismiss anticorruption chief prosecutor

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, July 11, that his decision to sign the decree to revoke the National Anticorruption Department – DNA’s …

Klaus Iohannis

Epigenetics study finds fathers pass cold weather "experience" down to kids

While your genes are more or less set in stone, the way they're expressed can be changed by environmental or lifestyle factors, and there's evidence …

Genetics

Romania’s anticorruption department sends 68 officials to court in 5 years – report

The Romanian National Anticorruption Department (DNA) sent 68 officials to court in five years, namely 14 ministers and former ministers, 53 MPs and …

Europe

Romanian anticorruption head reacts to dismissal: Today’s episode is not a defeat

Laura Codruta Kovesi has reacted to president Klaus Iohannis’ decision to revoke her from the position of head of the National Anticorruption …

Corruption

Ford is saying goodbye to cars and hello to batteries

Ford made waves recently when it announced it would stop producing cars (except for the iconic Mustang) -- in favor of SUVs, trucks and other large vehicles -- for the United States. It wasn't a big surprise and if anything it was expected since SUV and truck sales are growing while car sales …

Electric Vehicles

Romanian president dismisses anticorruption head

President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree to revoke the National Anticorruption Directorate – DNA’s chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, in …

Klaus Iohannis

Romanian Senate president supports ruling coalition’s plan to suspend president Iohannis

Senate president <b>Calin Popescu Tariceanu</b>, who is also the leader of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE), the Social Democratic Party – PSD’s …

Klaus Iohannis

Democracy’s slow fade in Central Europe

AS POPULIST political parties advance their agendas in Poland, Hungary and Romania, pluralist democratic norms are being subverted, and a slide toward authoritarianism is giving way to incipient authoritarianism. The assault is focused on the rule of law and its guarantor, an independent …

Europe

HIV vaccine on horizon as jab triggers immunity in humans and stops monkeys being infected

A vaccine against HIV is on the horizon after scientists showed a new drug triggered a protective immune response in humans and stopped two thirds of monkeys becoming infected.<p>In the 35 years since the HIV epidemic began, just four vaccines have been tested on humans, with the best only lowering …

Public Health

Researchers develop a new method for turning skin cells into pluripotent stem cells

Our bodies consist of many different kinds of cells, each with their own role. The Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka had made earlier the discovery, …

Stem Cells

MIT researchers automate drug design with machine learning

Developing and improving medications is typically a long and very involved process. Chemists build and tweak molecules, sometimes aiming to create a new treatment for a specific disease or symptom, other times working to improve a drug that already exists. But it takes a lot of time and a lot of …

Machine Learning

Bill ‘Damaging to Democracy’ Passes in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — The Romanian Parliament approved changes to the criminal code in unusually swift fashion this week, overhauling abuse-of-power legislation that critics say will have damaging and long-lasting effects on the rule of law in the country.<p>“What is happening these days could be …

Europe