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Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

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Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period The Guardian -  Agence France-Presse Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta ... Read More »

Middle Eastern leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Aug. 25 to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia’s military industry. Hurriyet - MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse Jordanian King Abdullah II and the strongman of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin ... Read More »

CSIRO gives fishing trawlers a clean bill of health

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FISHING trawlers have minimal impact on the environmentally sensitive ocean floor, a new CSIRO study has revealed. EMMA FIELD From: The Weekly Times This is good news for the fishing industry, which has long been criticised for damaging marine habitat. The CSIRO studied the impacts of trawling over Australia’s southeast marine region and found only 6 per cent of trawling ... Read More »

Trust is the most tragic casualty of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal

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A range of implications associated with the Ashley Madison hacking scandal have emerged over the weekend after hackers released private details identifying clients of the “cheating” website late last week. Duplicitous spouses have been outed, celebrity clients identified and pursued, extortion and blackmail attempted, law suits initiated and divorce lawyers instructed. The Conversation - Jayne Lucke * Some time ago ... Read More »

Passage of time: why people with dementia switch back to the past

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People diagnosed with dementia often have a distorted sense of time passing. My friends who are clinicians often comment on their patients with dementia preparing and arriving for their appointments many hours before they’re scheduled. The Conversation – Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease progressively impair cognition, causing problems with memory and planning, and day-to-day functioning, making it difficult to do things ... Read More »

The Case For Buying Antiquities To Save Them

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Nobody should purchase art from Islamic State, but barring all sales from dubious sources isn’t the solution. The Wall Street Journal – By Gary Vikan The barbaric murder by Islamic State of Khaled Asaad, the archaeologist overseeing the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria, reported on Tuesday, brings fresh focus on the antiquities that Islamic State, or ISIS, alternately destroys ... Read More »

Quick fixes aren’t the answer, alcohol and violence have a complex relationship

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The NSW Sentencing Council is considering proposals to change the laws designed to address alcohol-related violence, including whether people who commit crimes while intoxicated should always be treated as more culpable when being sentenced. The Conversation – Authors * Like many attention-grabbing quick fixes to society’s ills, this is a really bad idea. If adopted, the reform could lead to ... Read More »

Don’t panic, but the universe is slowly dying

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We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying. The Conversation – Aaron Robotham * The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International Astronomical Union’s General Assembly in Hawaii. But ... Read More »

Doctors with borders

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European Research Networks risks creating some precedents. Politico -Peter O’Donnell  Sharing Europe’s medical expertise across borders sounds like a no-brainer, particularly for rare conditions — but it’s easier said than done. The European Union has worked for years to create networks of specialized hospital departments and research centers to treat challenging diseases. Last month, it called for bids from independent assessors who ... Read More »