Archive for January 4th, 2013

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January 4, 2013, by The Sofia Globe staff

Two courts issued orders to impound the property of Vesselin Georgiev, a former head of Bulgaria’s road infrastructure agency, at the request of Bulgaria’s asset forfeiture commission, the commission said […]

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Bulgaria’s 2012 birthrate lowest since 1945

January 4, 2013, by The Sofia Globe staff

The number of babies born in Bulgaria in 2012 – about 62 000 – was the lowest in the country since 1945, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Tel ...

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Controversy continues over Czech president Klaus’s amnesty announcement

January 4, 2013, by The Sofia Globe staff

The New Year announcement by Czech Republic president Vaclav Klaus of an amnesty that is freeing about 7000 people from jail continues to cause widesp ...

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Investigations find widespread violations of Bulgaria’s smoking ban

January 4, 2013, by The Sofia Globe staff

Six months after the introduction by Bulgaria of a full ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces such as restaurants and bars, and a few weeks after f ...


  • In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust. The fractured Link outcrop has blocks of exposed, clean surfaces. Rounded gravel fragments, or clasts, up to a couple inches (few centimeters) in size are in a matrix of white material. Many gravel-sized rocks have eroded out of the outcrop onto the surface, particularly in the left portion of the frame. The outcrop characteristics are consistent with a sedimentary conglomerate, or a rock that was formed by the deposition of water and is composed of many smaller rounded rocks cemented together. Water transport is the only process capable of producing the rounded shape of clasts of this size.
    Water found in two-billion-year-old Mars rock
    January 4, 2013, by VOANews

    Scientists examining a 2 billion-year-old rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert say it holds a large amount of water for a Martian meteorite. Experts at the University […]