Friday, 26 April 2019

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Czech ornithologists: first storks came early, spring migration and nesting patterns changing

Radio Prague |
25 March 2019

Spring is officially in the air, and the season's first returning white storks have already been spotted in some Czech villages, after having wintered in North Africa. In Slavic folk tradition, returning storks are not just a harbinger of spring but a good omen.

Czech plane manufacturer AERO celebrates 100th birhtday with retro exhibition

Radio Prague |
25 March 2019

The Czech military aircraft producer Aero Vodochody is marking the company's 100th birthday with an exhibition documenting the development of its aircraft over the years.

In memoriam: Gen. Milan Píka, son of war hero and first victim of judicial murder in Communist Czechoslovakia

Radio Prague |
22 March 2019

General Milan Píka, whose father also held that rank and was executed following a Communist Party-orchestrated show trial, has died at the age of 96.

Ikarie XB1: New release for Czech sci-fi classic

Radio Prague |
22 March 2019

The classic Czech sci-fi film Ikarie XB1 looks set to find fresh audiences with a new Blu-ray release next week.

Youngest chess grandmaster on his biggest victory

Radio Prague |
22 March 2019

Thai Dai Van Nguyen is one of many second-generation Vietnamese who are fluent is Czech, as in other foreign languages, hard-working, disciplined and ambitious. At just 16 Van became the youngest chess grandmaster in the Czech Republic.

Brno scientists create sun protection cream for albinos in Ghana

Radio Prague |
22 March 2019

Scientists from the Technical University in Brno have responded to an appeal to help albinos in Ghana, creating an affordable, high-factor sun protection cream that can be produced cheaply in local conditions from easily available ingredients.

Prague's Febiofest movie showcase "for everybody" gets underway

Radio Prague |
21 March 2019

Prague's biggest movie event, Febiofest, kicks off on Thursday. Now in its 26th year, the festival gives many movies set for local cinema distribution their first screenings but also showcases scores of works that film buffs would otherwise have trouble tracking down.

Japanese professor brings 'Raumplan' of visionary architect Adolf Loos to life in models

Radio Prague |
21 March 2019

Japanese professor of architecture Yoshio Sakurai has over the past twelve years visited every building ever realised by Adolf Loos, the Brno-born pioneer of European Modern architecture in the early 20th century. A sketchbook and camera in hand, Prof. Sakurai was on a mission that has now been fulfilled: to create exact scale models of Loos's best works.

Scientists reconstruct the face of St. John of Nepomuk

Radio Prague |
21 March 2019

A team of Czech anthropologists has reconstructed the face of one of the country's patron saints, John of Nepomuk, using recorded details of his skull. The resulting face is quite different from the image commonly used until now.

Parental leave benefit rises, value drops

Radio Prague |
21 March 2019

The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry on Monday announced its plan to increase the total parental leave benefit from 220,000 to 300,000 crowns. Despite the increase, the real value of the allowance will be lower than twelve years ago, Czech Radio's data journalism team reported on Wednesday. Daniel Prokop, sociologist from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University says one solution to problem would be an inflation adjustment of parental benefit allowance.

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