VietNamNet Bridge - Going to the village of Dao Thuc to watch water puppetry or to Thach Xa Village to learn how to make bamboo dragonflies are trips that you should try.Thach Xa Bamboo Dragonfly Village For a long time, memories about peaceful childhood in bucolic areas revolved around the image of kites, the blue sky and beautiful swarms of dragonflies. However, this memory is gradually becoming strange to young people. Now, they do not fly kites or catch dragonflies to make it "bite their umbilical" like the older generations did in the past. … [Read more...] about Weekend visit to craft villages in Hanoi suburbs
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VietNamNet Bridge - Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investmentthinks he knows how to streamline Vietnam's complex foreign investment process: eliminate the investment certificate mechanism.Foreign investors, however, are not so sanguine about the idea. … [Read more...] about Don’t be so hasty to end investment certificate policy: investors
North Korea must do more if stalled six-party talks on ending its nuclear drive are to resume, a US envoy said Thursday as he wrapped up an Asia tour aimed at gauging if Pyongyang is ready to negotiate. Stephen Bosworth, Washington's point man on North Korea, was in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday for talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Beijing's special Korea envoy Wu Dawei on how to revive the negotiations. "We are convinced of the need to resume diplomatic activities and we will also continue the exchanges of views in the coming weeks and months," Bosworth told reporters. "It is clear that the six-party process does not just depend on the five. It also depends on what we hear and see from the DPRK," he said, referring to North Korea by its official acronym. "The burden is quite clearly on the DPRK." The so-called six-party talks involving North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States had previously secured North Korean pledges to give up its … [Read more...] about Burden on N.Korea to kickstart nuclear talks: US
If you thought the monkey-like robot AMEE seen in the Val Kilmer sci-fi flick Red Planet was a tad far-fetched, think again. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen are working on an ape-like robot called the iStruct Demonstrator that it classifies as a "Space Robot." Lately the mechanical monkey has been practicing how to walk and balance in the center's mock lunar landscape. Exploring the hazardous lunar landscape calls for a variety of forms, and researchers at the DFKI are exploring their options (including a combination of legged and wheeled robots). An ape-like body has certain benefits over a wheeled robot; its four-legged stance is stable when scrambling over obstacles or hilly terrain, and it can easily right itself if it falls over. Then when it needs to do something with its hand(s), it could feasibly balance on its hind legs to free them up for manual work. The CHIMP robot currently being developed for the DARPA Robotics … [Read more...] about DFKI’s robot ape to colonize the Moon?
U.N. observers were on their way to the central Syrian village of Tremseh on Saturday, two days after activists said some 220 people had been killed there by helicopter gunships and militiamen, prompting international outrage. The United States has branded Syria's leaders murderers after the attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops, but there was no break in the deadlock among world powers over how to bring about an end to the bloodshed. "We have sent a large integrated patrol today to seek verification of the facts," U.N. spokeswoman in Damascus Sausan Ghosheh said in an email. She said the patrol consisted of both civilian and military experts. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned what a U.N. reconnaissance mission on Friday said was "indiscriminate" bombardment on the central Hama province town, including rocket-firing helicopters. He questioned Assad's commitment to a U.N.-sponsored peace plan for Syria. Syria said the attack was a successful military … [Read more...] about U.N. observer patrol heads to Syria massacre site