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Korean Universities Drop in Science Research

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Korea seems to be losing its recently acquired edge in basic sciences. The rankings of major universities such as Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea University and Seoul National University plummeted in the Nature Index 2016 out last week.

The index is regarded as the most authoritative barometer for measuring competitiveness in basic sciences, scoring universities and research bodies by analyzing articles published in 68 prestigious international journals...More

More Young Workers Embrace Gap Year

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

A growing number of young office workers are quitting their jobs to take a year out because they missed the gap year that high-school graduates in the West often take before university to see the world or do good.

They often see it as an opportunity to reflect on the rat race and their future in it, and do some general soul searching...More

Samsung Pivots to Cheaper Smartphones

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Samsung will launch a cheaper smartphone in China next month tentatively named the Galaxy C, signaling a shift in strategy from its insistence on high-end models in a saturated market.

The phone will have a 5.2-inch screen and cost around US$300. The announcement comes just two months after Samsung unveiled its latest premium phone, the Galaxy S7, and will mean that Samsung now has several) affordable phones in its lineup...More

Korean-American Chef Makes TIME Most Influential List

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Korean-American chef Roy Choi was included among TIME magazine's 100 most influential people this year.

Choi (46) is said to be the inspiration behind the 2014 movie "Chef" and is on the TIME list as a culinary trailblazer...More

Drunk Drivers to Face Stiffer Penalties

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Motorists convicted of driving under the influence are set to face stricter penalties. Under new measures unveiled by the National Police Agency on Sunday, repeat DUI offenders could even face a jail term, rather than mere fines...More

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