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France Rode, inventor of pocket calculator HP-35 (feature) VIDEO

As a young electrical engineer, France Rode (1934-2017) joined Hewlett-Packard, where he worked on the team that invented the first pocket calculator. This was only one of his many ground-breaking achievements facilitating the development of modern electronics in what has since become known as Silicon Valley. Rode left Yugoslavia for the US in 1960 after graduating in electro-mechanics in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Although ...

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A Tower with a Dark History

The ruined Soteska Castle in the Krka River Valley has a long and colorful history, but it’s the mysterious structure nearby that still captures the imagination of both locals and passers-by. The building, a vertical garden pavilion shaped like a four-leaf clover, is known as the Devil’s Tower (Hudičev turn). According to local legend one of the noblemen who occupied ...

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Damjan Came to Ruka As Reserve For Slovenian Team, And Won! (VIDEO)

The Slovenian ski jumper Jernej Damjan’s victory was a sensation of the second race of the Olympic season. In the Slovenian team of seven he replaced Timi Zajc, and won for the second time in his career. The second place was taken by Johann Andre Forfang from Norway, and the third by Andreas Wellinger from Germany. The 34-year-old ski jumper from Ljubljana won for ...

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Slovenia – Europe’s new Silicon Valley?

Blockchain, the technology of the future, is in the spotlight of different governments today: several countries are fighting for the right to become Europe’s Silicon Valley in the field of decentralized technologies. Like Cyprus and Malta, known for loud statements of their politicians about blockchain, Slovenia strives to receive the title. Chances are high it will succeed. The country’s high ...

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AI Is the Future, And Slovenia Holds The Key

When artificial intelligence started becoming more than just a science fiction buzzword, Slovenia was one of the first countries to embrace it — as far back as the early 1970s. The investment continues to this day, and the Financial Times reports that Slovenia and the Czech Republic both continue to spend as much on research and innovation as other larger western European countries. Made Possible ...

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Slovenia’s President Pahor Wins Second Term In Close Race

Slovenian President Borut Pahor was re-elected for a second term in a runoff vote on Sunday, beating his challenger in a tight race. Pahor had won about 53 percent of the vote, with 99.9 percent of the votes counted, according to the Election Commission, while his opponent, ex-comedian Marjan Sarec, had 47 percent. Turnout was about 42 percent, according to ...

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Slovenian Language Course in Toronto “Slovenski dom”

The “Slovenski dom” (Slovenian house) in Toronto organises a Slovenian conversational language course for adults, which starts on November 7, 2017.  This year there is a new Slovenian teacher, dr. Darja Antolin, professor at University of Maribor. She recently relocated to Toronto and will be teaching the Slovenian Language Course.    

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Will The EU Abolish The Time Shift?

By turning the time back for one hour this past night, Slovenia has entered the winter time, which means that Sunday (and time to sleep) will last one hour longer. Several MPs of the European parliament have started an initiative for the EU to abandon the time shift. At 3 a.m. this night the clocks were turned back to 2 ...

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Bridging the Centuries

These days, the Slovenian town of Zidani Most is best known as a railroad junction. However, its name, which means “Stone Bridge” in Slovenian, serves as a reminder of several historic bridges built at the confluence of the Sava and the Savinja rivers – structures that helped to bring the Slovenian Lands closer together. Historians don’t know when the first ...

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