Analysis

Y-chromosomal analysis of Greek Cypriots reveals a primarily common pre-Ottoman paternal ancestry with Turkish Cypriots

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Genetics can provide invaluable information on the ancestry of the current inhabitants of Cyprus PLOS A Y-chromosome analysis was performed to (i) determine paternal ancestry among the Greek Cypriot (GCy) community in the context of the Central and… Our haplotype-based analysis has revealed that GCy and TCy patrilineages derive primarily from a single gene pool and show very close genetic affinity (low genetic differentiation) to Calabrian Italian and… In terms of more recent (past millennium) ancestry, as… Y-chromosomal analysis of… ... Read More »

Brexit: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to let Europe down gently, now she has other worries

May - ABC

Breakups can be brutal — a phone call, or maybe in person, with the old standby excuse of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. Lisa Millar ABC This one came in a hand-delivered letter. And the words… Brexit: Britain’s Prime… Read More »

Populism, defined in 170 words

Populism in USA

The term “populism” is often used but rarely understood. Sean Illing VOX In the 2016 presidential election, populism became a catchall to describe both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Populism was a… Populism, defined in… Read More »

‘Who decides what’s fake news and what isn’t?’

Fake news - RT

When you consider what comprises fake news… do you ponder, for example, reports that there were weapons of mass destruction? Lionel RT Or is that flawed news? Lionel, legal and… ‘Who decides what’s… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Bach - The Conversation

In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Map - VOX

In 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the very worst risks of a hotter planet. Brad Plumer VOX See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century. One problem with… Scientists made a… Read More »

Measuring the cost of living worldwide

Cost of living

Asia dominates the top of the latest index while Britain plummets down the rankings The Data Team The Economist SINGAPORE retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest cost-of-living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. The survey, which… Measuring the cost… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

18C - ABC

18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism – Part II

France - Gatestone

Meklat’s tweets, threatening women, gay celebrities and Jews, were shared by around a million on social networks. Yves Mamou Gatestone Institute Then whole country discovered what the most “integrated” young Muslims had on their minds. The scandal is… France: The Taboo… Read More »

A Brexit lexicon

May - Politico

A mighty messy departure — from A to Z. Tunku Varadarajan Politico After months of dithering and unkempt debate, the British government has announced that it will seek to commence formal divorce proceedings later this month, giving effect to the referendum in which a wispy majority of Brits… A Brexit… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

Trump - Voltaire

Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »

Does monetary policy still matter?

Monetary - Asia Times

Economic data suggests that the transmission mechanism between monetary policy and the real economy is extremely loose, if not completely broken David P. Goldman Asia Times Whether the Federal Reserve raises the overnight rate to 1% from 0.75% tomorrow rather than at its May meeting, as expected earlier, is a matter of compelling interest in the financial world. It shouldn’t be — not the way in which… Does monetary policy… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

Health - ABC

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Enough Kims, thanks

Kim - Asia Times

Memo to son of murdered Kim Jog-nam: North-Korea doesn’t need another Kim Bradley K. Martin Asia Times The appearance on YouTube last week of the son of the murdered Kim Jong-nam has sparked speculation that the young man may be next on Pyongyang’s hit list. The theory goes… Enough Kims… Read More »

Warm for the human form, from Rodin’s bronzes to stone slabs

Arti - The Con-ion

Since the beginning of art as we know it, the human body has been central to artistic concerns. James Moss The Conversation Classical sculpture set the bar very high in exploring the representation of bodies, and the history of the medium over the past millennium reflects this heritage. However, by the… Warm for the… Read More »