Science, Technology and Innovation

Archaeologists digging in search of common people

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In Angkor Wat research, the focus has long been on temples and high society. A new project there is taking a different approach, laying the foundation for a new understanding of the iconic empire. The Phnom Penh Post – Brent Crane A team excavating a dirt mound at Angkor Wat is hoping to shed light on one of the enduring ... Read More »

Greenhouse gas blamed for ‘climate expulsion’ driving temperature rises across Pacific nations

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Australian Bureau of Meteorology study finds temperatures across 13 Pacific nations will keep climbing, even with radical cuts to greenhouse gas emissions The Guardian – Graham Readfearn @readfearn Sometime in the mid 1990s, probably unnoticed by anyone, a region of the Pacific that is home to more than a dozen nations experienced something known as a “climate expulsion”. That was the ... Read More »

Are churches playing Big Brother?

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The Times reported that some churches are using facial recognition technology to track attendance by their members. OnLineOpinion - By Mal Fletcher As yet only a small number of churches are using CCTV cameras in this way, matching photos with their internal databases using platforms like Churchix, a surveillance software system devised in Israel. Churches in the US, Portugal, Spain, India and Indonesia are ... Read More »

Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

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The dazzling thought-world of the Greeks gave us our ideas of democracy and happiness. Yet learning classics tends to be restricted to the privileged few. It’s time for ‘elitist dinosaurs’ to embrace a citizens’ classics for all The Guardian - Edith Hall Just how special were the ancient Greeks? Was there really a Greek “miracle”? The question has become painfully ... Read More »

The future of undersea warfare

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Much has been made of the recent release of the report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) into the emerging era of undersea warfare. The wide coverage that the report received in Australia (see here, for example) focussed largely on the assertion that ‘submersibles drones would make submarines obsolete’. The Strategist – Graeme Dunk The report’s author Bryan ... Read More »

Compassion Helped Fuel Human Evolution

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A new study of early humans has challenged one of the main tenets of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, the idea of the survival of the fittest, by suggesting compassion and the ability to accommodate “defective” members of the community actually played a significant role in how humans developed. New Historian – Posted By: Irina Slav The study, by anthropologists Isabelle Winder and ... Read More »

Philae comet lander wakes up

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BBC – The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November. It worked for 60 hours before going to sleep when its solar-powered battery ran flat. The comet has since moved nearer to the sun and Philae has ... Read More »

Decentralisation Made Ancient Greece Economic Success

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A classics professor from Stanford University has suggested that ancient Greece, unlike its contemporaries, was not only a cultural but also an economic success. New Historian – Posted By: Irina Slav Josiah Ober’s findings are detailed in a book titled “The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece” and are based on the digitisation of a massive amount of data, including archaeological ... Read More »