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Corbyn says he wants to hand the ‘stolen’ Elgin Marbles back to Greece if he becomes Prime Minister

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Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he wants to hand the Elgin Marbles back to Greece if he becomes Prime Minister. By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline The Labour leader made clear he viewed the ancient statues as ‘stolen’ and they should be returned. Many Parthenon sculptures have been housed in the British Museum since 1816 after they were bought by the government from Lord Elgin. Greece has long campaigned for their repatriation, but supporters insist they were purchased legitimately and ... Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn would give British Museum’s Elgin Marbles back to Greece

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The UK should start “constructive talks with the Greek government on the return of the sculptures”, Mr Corbyn says. SkyNews Jeremy Corbyn has said he would give the Elgin Marbles back to Greece if he became prime minister. The Labour leader told Greek newspaper Ta Nea “the Parthenon sculptures belong to Greece” when asked whether he would consider returning the carved figures and stelae. The Parthenon sculptures, as they are also called, have been housed in the British Museum since ... Read More »

Your personal space is no longer physical – it’s a global network of data

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In the digital world, any action we do generates data – whether browsing the internet, answering emails or messaging our friends. Translated into radio waves, this information can travel almost effortlessly through space in a split second. Silvio Carta The Conversation Data are all around us, invisibly occupying the space between ourselves and other objects in the built environment. My colleagues and I conducted a study to understand how the presence of all this data alters our understanding of personal ... Read More »

In praise of doing nothing

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In the 1950s, scholars worried that, thanks to technological innovations, Americans wouldn’t know what to do with all of their leisure time. Simon Gottschalk The Conversation Yet today, as sociologist Juliet Schor notes, Americans are overworked, putting in more hours than at any time since the Depression and more than in any other in Western society. It’s probably not unrelated to the fact that instant and constant access has become de rigueur, and our devices constantly expose us to a ... Read More »

Germany targets the atom

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It’s part of a broader push to shut nuclear power in Europe. Kalina Oroschakoff Politico Germany is coming after its neighbors’ nuclear reactors. Berlin is getting rid of its own nuclear plants — the last is supposed to shut down by the end of 2022 — and is turning its attention to the danger posed by rickety reactors in Belgium and France. “Germany has made a decision in favor of a nuclear power exit. It would be desirable if our ... Read More »

Operator of world’s top internet hub sues German spy agency

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The operator of the world’s largest internet hub challenged the legality of sweeping telecoms surveillance by Germany’s spy agency, a German court heard on May 30. Berlin Hurriyet The BND foreign intelligence service has long tapped international data flows through the De-Cix exchange based in the German city of Frankfurt. But the operator argues the agency is breaking the law by also capturing German domestic communications. “We have grave doubts about the legality of the current practice,” said a statement Wednesday on the website of De-Cix Management GmbH, ... Read More »

Having an abortion does not lead to depression

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A study of nearly 400,000 women is the first to explore the risk of antidepressant use around an abortion as a proxy for depression University of Maryland EurekAlert! Having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk for depression, according to a new study of nearly 400,000 women published today in JAMA Psychiatry. While previous research has found abortion does not harm women’s mental health, studies claiming that it does continue to be published and state policies that restrict access ... Read More »

Infant mortality rates higher in areas with more Christian fundamentalists, study finds

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The odds of an infant dying before their first birthday are higher in counties with greater proportions of conservative Protestants, especially fundamentalists, than in counties with more mainline Protestants and… Portland State University EurekAlert! The study, published online in May in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, supports the idea that the more insular, anti-institutional culture of fundamentalists can lead to poorer health outcomes. Ginny Garcia-Alexander, a sociology professor in PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and ... Read More »

Have you got an end-of-life plan?

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Lawyers are encouraging us to think about how we want our lives to end as part of a campaign to record end-of-life wishes with a free online tool called Advance Care Directive. Melissa Coade LawyersWeekly While the topic of death and dying remain uncomfortable subjects for many, lawyers in South Australia are urging members of the community to think seriously about the end. These can include questions about whether a patient wishes to be resuscitated or placed on life support ... Read More »

BBC historian suggests the British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where every country has two minutes to take back their artifacts

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The British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where countries have two minutes to take back their artifacts, a BBC historian has suggested. By Jim Norton for the Daily Mail David Olusoga said there was a ‘moral imperative’ for relics to be returned and that it could help our relationship with the Commonwealth after Brexit. Born in Nigeria, he said he felt strongly that the Benin Bronzes should be given back to the country of his heritage after they were ... Read More »

Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say

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Children need opportunities to develop hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils Amelia Hill The Guardian Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior paediatric doctors have warned. An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently to enable them to hold a pencil correctly, they say. “Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 ... Read More »

‘Give addicts overdose cure’ Doctors desperate to keep opioid epidemic at bay

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TENS of thousands of drug addicts should be given anti-overdose medication to keep at home, according to new advice on preparing for a possible opioid epidemic. Kate Devlin Express Doctors and health experts fear a death toll to rival that in the US, where the drugs have been implicated in overdoses and the deaths of pop stars Michael Jackson and Prince. New guidance says addicts should be given an emergency “antidote” called naloxone – which keeps them alive until an ... Read More »

Cryptos rise as Hong Kong regulators apply the brakes

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Are HK regulators striking a delicate balance, between staying on good terms with Beijing while staying relevant in Asia’s booming FinTech markets? Pete Sabine Asia Times Alarm bells have been ringing in the cryptocurrency industry in Hong Kong, with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) alerting investors to the risks of using cryptocurrency exchanges and… On these censures, law practice Charltons Quantum noted that: “Most of the Hong Kong ICO issuers and crypto exchanges contacted, however, confirmed that their activities ... Read More »

Hope and fear surround emerging technologies, but all of us must contribute to stronger governance

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It’s been a big year for companies pushing the boundaries of technology – and not in a good way. The Cambridge Analytica scandal led to a public outcry about privacy, the Commonwealth Bank’s loss of customer data raised concerns about cybersecurity, and a fatal self-driving car crash put the safety of automated systems in the spotlight. Authors: The Conversation These controversies are just the latest warning signs that we urgently need better governance of the technologies redefining the world. There ... Read More »

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? A neuroscientist explains

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Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut feeling. This would be met with disbelief – surely important decisions have to be thought over carefully, deliberately and rationally? Valerie van Mulukom The Conversation Indeed, relying on your intuition generally has a bad reputation, especially in the Western part of the world where analytic thinking has been steadily promoted over the past decades. Gradually, many have come to ... Read More »

Yanny or Laurel? It’s your brain not your ears that decides

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As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word. Jennell Vick The Conversation The clip, which went viral after being posted on Reddit, is polarizing listeners who hear a computer voice say either “Laurel” or “Yanny.” @AlexWelke tweeted, “This is the kinda stuff that starts wars.” While I can’t prevent a war, I can explain some reasons why this sound file has created such a controversy. Basically, the “word” ... Read More »