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Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world

Europe would have been a marginal player in world history without the continent’s natural resources and centuries of cheap African labour The post Excavating the role of Africans in the creation of the modern world appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Coffee, Europe, Books, Science, Technology, Guns, Opinion, Africa, Wealth, Cotton, Web, Development, History, War, Diplomacy, Christianity


Here’s one reason why SMEs aren’t meeting sustainability targets

According to the UN, we now have five times the number of recorded weather disasters than we had in 1970, from wildfires across Greece and Turkey to flash flooding in Indonesia, Germany, and Belgium. As Secretary General António Guterres said earlier this year, “we have reached a tipping point on the need for climate action.”  The EU has set ambitious targets with its new Green Deal, namely the goal to cut emissions by 55% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. But the solution is much more complex ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Science, Greece, Events, Eu, Turkey, Belgium, Un, Green Deal, Alternative Fuel, Antonio Guterres, Growth Quarters, Indonesia Germany


‘Sensational’: skeleton buried in Vesuvius eruption found at Herculaneum

Archaeologists find remains of fugitive during first dig at site near Pompeii in almost three decadesThe partially mutilated remains of a man buried by the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius at Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town close to Pompeii, have been discovered in what Italy’s culture minister described as a “sensational” find.Archaeologists said the man, believed to have been aged between 40 and 45, was killed just steps away from the sea as he tried to flee the eruption. Continue reading.....
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Italy, Volcanoes, Archaeology, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum


Lost in translation? The one-inch truth about Netflix’s subtitle problem

Subtitling is an essential art form. So why, as the streaming giant scores more global hits with shows like Squid Game and Call My Agent, isn’t it trying harder to find the right words?“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” So said the director Bong Joon-ho, as he accepted his best picture Oscar for Parasite in 2020, in a not-so-subtle dig at the dominance of English language content. The success of Netflix’s Korean serie...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, Science, Television, Media, Film, France, Russia, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Language, US television, TV streaming


‘Sophisticated’: ancient faeces shows humans enjoyed beer and blue cheese 2,700 years ago

Austrian Alps salt miners had a ‘balanced diet’, with an analysis of bronze and iron age excrement finding the earliest evidence of cheese ripening in EuropeIt’s no secret that beer and blue cheese go hand in hand – but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago.Scientists made the discovery by analysing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Austria, Anthropology, Alps, Hallstatt


New study of 2,600-year-old poop suggests Iron Age miners drank beer and ate blue cheese

An illustrated scene of the Hallstatt salt mountain in the early Iron Age. Reschreiter_Groebner/NHM Scientists analyzed the DNA in an ancient European salt miner's poop from some 2,600 years ago. They found the feces contained microbes consistent with the production of beer and blue cheese. Salt miners were previously thought to mostly eat gruel. The finding suggests they were more sophisticated. A new study of 2,600-year-old feces from an Iron Age salt miner suggested that workers at ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Trends, Austria, Italy, News UK, Slovenia, Prehistory, Unesco World Heritage, Frank Maixner, Hallstatt, Penicillium, Maixner, DNA analysis, Microbe, Brander


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Astronaut's photo shows a rare 'sprite' in Earth's atmosphere caused by lightning shooting up toward space

A sprite captured from the ISS. ESA/NASA-T. Pesquet Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut on the ISS, photographed a flash of red light in the upper atmosphere. The phenomenon, called a sprite, can be seen above a thunderstorm. The picture is a "very rare occurrence," Pesquet said. An astronaut onboard the International Space Station has captured a rare image of a red "sprite" above Europe while recording a timelapse from space.The picture, which was taken on September 9, is a "very rare occurren...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, India, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, News UK, European Space Agency, Storm, Astronauts, Iss, Columbus, Thomas Pesquet, Andreas Mogensen


French study of over 22m people finds vaccines cut severe Covid risk by 90%

Largest study of its kind also finds vaccines appear to protect against worst effects of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccination reduces the risk of dying or being hospitalised with Covid-19 by 90%, a French study of 22.6 million people over the age of 50 has found.The research published on Monday also found that vaccines appear to protect against the worst effects of the most prevalent virus strain, the Delta variant. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


French study of 22m people finds vaccines cut Covid deaths 90%

Largest study to date finds jabs are effective against Delta variantVaccination reduces the risk of dying or being hospitalised with Covid-19 by 90%, a French study of 22 million people over the age of 50 has found.The research published on Monday also found that vaccines appear to protect against the worst effects of the most prevalent virus strain, the Delta variant. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Father of the Cyborgs review – the Indiana Jones of neuroscience

This film exploring the ideas of Dr Phil Kennedy, who had an electrode implanted in his brain, throws up interesting prospects for the human futureDr Phil Kennedy is regarded by many as the Indiana Jones of neuroscience: a Limerick-born doctor who became a bioengineering trailblazer, making people excited – and then nervous – by the way he worked outside the system. Then finally, sensationally, he experimented on himself by having an electrode implanted inside his brain in a Belize clinic that s...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Film, Neuroscience, World news, Culture, Ireland, Indiana Jones, Kennedy, Belize, Limerick, Phil Kennedy, Documentary films


Russian actor and director arrive at space station to make first film in orbit

Pair likely to beat Hollywood project announced by Tom Cruise, Nasa and Elon Musk’s SpaceXA Russian actor and director have arrived at the International Space Station in an attempt to beat the US and film the first movie in orbit.The Russian crew are likely to beat a Hollywood project announced last year by Tom Cruise, Nasa and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Space, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Science, Film, Russia, US, World news, Culture, International Space Station, Tom Cruise Nasa


Sicilian coffee dream a step closer as climate crisis upends farming

As temperatures rise, one family hopes to establish the world’s northernmost coffee plantationFor more than 30 years the Morettino family had been trying to produce their own coffee on a small piece of land in Sicily. And for 30 years they had failed.But last spring 66 seedlings produced about 30kg of coffee, in a development that could turn the Italian island into the northernmost coffee plantation in the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Environment, World news, Italy, Agriculture, Sicily, Climate Crisis, Morettino


Robots: stealing our jobs or solving labour shortages?

From fast food to farming, Covid-19 has accelerated the rise of the worker robots. This in turn will put more jobs at risk and makes the need to reframe society ever more urgentAs the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Floor-cleaning and microbe-zapping disinfecting robots were introduced in hospitals, supermarkets and other environments. Some enterprises found that, given the new empha...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Technology, US, Eu, Work & careers, Robots, White Castle, Artificial intelligence (AI, UK Brexit, Coronavirus, Supply Chain Crisis


The jet stream has started an unprecedented shift north, which could wreak havoc on weather in the US and Europe

The German village of Insul in Rhineland was largely destroyed after rainfall caused devastating flooding in July. Boris Roessler/Picture Alliance/Getty Images The polar jet stream is a band of wind that separates cold Arctic air from warmer air to the south. A new study suggests that as the Earth warms, this band is moving north and out of position. That could cause more droughts and heat waves in southern Europe and the eastern US. See more stories on Insider's business page. The pol...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, Polar Vortex, New York City, Environment, US, Trends, Global Warming, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, Oceans


Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Latest developments in medical treatment for coronavirus

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential game-changer that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Gibraltar cave chamber discovery could shed light on Neanderthals’ culture

Researchers find space in Gorham’s Cave complex that has been closed off for at least 40,000 yearsResearchers excavating a cave network on the Rock of Gibraltar have discovered a new chamber, sealed off from the world for at least 40,000 years, that could shed light on the culture and customs of the Neanderthals who occupied the area for a thousand centuries.In 2012, experts began examining Vanguard Cave, part of the Gorham’s Cave complex, to determine its true dimensions and to see whether it c...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Evolution, Gibraltar, Neanderthals, Rock of Gibraltar, Gorham 's Cave, Vanguard Cave


German election: Greens poised to join government of Europe's biggest economy after voters reject Merkel's party

Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate for the SPD, September 27 in Berlin, Germany. Florian Gaertner/Photothek/Getty Images Germany's green party is likely to be a part of the next coalition leading the country. Preliminary results put them in a strong position to push its anti-climate-change policies. Either the leading SPD or the incumbent CDU could seek a coalition with the Greens. See more stories on Insider's business page. Germany's green party could soon be part of the gov...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Politics, Science, Climate Change, Germany, Angela Merkel, Politico, Russia, Trends, New York Times, News UK, Merkel, Green Party, Xinjiang, Election


A virtual reality 'empathy machine' to stop domestic abusers from reoffending to begin trials, report says

A stock image shows a man using a virtual reality headset. Getty Images France will trial "empathy machines," which use virtual reality technology, from October, per rfi. 30 male volunteers - all convicted of domestic violence - will take part in the experiment. The experiment is part of an effort to stop domestic abusers from re-offending, rfi reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. France is trialing a virtual reality "empathy machine" as part of an effort to deter men...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, News, France, Trends, Domestic Violence, News UK, Virtual Reality, Domestic Abuse, Recidivism, Experiment, La Voix du Nord, Radio France Internationale, Virtual Reality Headsets, UK Weekend


Amateur divers find an 'incredible' treasure trove of gold coins from the Roman Empire while cleaning up trash on the seabed

Amateur freedivers found a large collection of gold Roman coins off the coast of Spain. The University of Alicante Amateur freedivers in Spain have discovered one of the largest collections of gold Roman coins found in Europe. The collection of 53 coins date back to the 4th and 5th centuries and are nearly perfectly preserved. Researchers suggested the coins could have been hidden from barbarian looters. See more stories on Insider's business page. Freedivers off the coast of Spain hav...
Tags: Europe, Science, Trends, Spain, UK News, The Times, Archeology, Swiss Army, Molina, Mediterranean Sea, Roman Empire, El Pais, University of Alicante, Arcadi, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib


Donald Trump said that he did 'pretty much the opposite' of what Dr. Fauci advised during the COVID-19 pandemic

Former president Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, in April 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump said he did "the opposite" of Dr. Anthony Fauci's advice during the pandemic. Trump said he decided against firing Fauci because he would have "taken heat" for it. Trump and Fauci have often criticized each other for their differing approaches to the pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former president Donald Trump said he did "pretty much t...
Tags: Europe, Science, China, Trends, UK News, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Tony, Centers for Disease Control, Fauci, David Brody, Pandemic, COVID-19, White House Coronavirus Task Force Trump


Unvaccinated Americans abroad will need a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of flying home from November, rather than the current 3 days, the White House said

A health care worker tests a traveller at a COVID-19 testing station at LAX airport. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Unvaccinated Americans abroad will need a negative COVID-19 test within a day of their return flight from November. They will also need to buy a "viral test" to take when back in the US, the White House said. Currently, returning Americans need a test within 72 hours of flying, regardless of vaccination status. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Qantas, Biden, Test, Anthony Fauci, Lax


Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row

England’s deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British vaccine trial volunteers, the Observer can reveal.Jonathan Van-Tam made the extraordinary proposal after months of uncertainty for the 19,000 volunteers ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Science, Drugs, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Jonathan Van Tam


Why does world’s tallest populace seem to be getting shorter?

Dutch people born in 2001 are not as tall as previous generation – is it genetics, migration or nutrition?From brutal conflicts to periods of prosperity, pandemics to triumphs for equality, human history is full of highs and lows. But such fluctuations don’t just affect society: the human body can also be a sign of the times.Studies have shown that our height is not just a matter of genetics but is also influenced by the environment we live in, with key factors including our nutrition and experi...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Netherlands, Anthropology, Evolution


Rules on GM farming and cars to be top of UK bonfire of EU laws

Minister reveals plans to change laws inherited from EU, with rules on medical devices also in crosshairsRules on genetically modified farming, medical devices and vehicle standards will be top of a bonfire of laws inherited from the EU as the government seeks to change legislation automatically transferred to the UK post-Brexit.Thousands of laws and regulations would be reviewed, modified or repealed under a new programme aimed at cementing the UK’s independence and “Brexit opportunities”, Davi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, Law, Environment, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Medical Research, Farming, Gm


How Italian Physicist Laura Bassi Became the First Woman to Have an Academic Career in the 18th Century

The practice and privilege of academic science has been slow in trickling down from its origins as a pursuit of leisured gentleman. While many a leisured lady may have taken an interest in science, math, or philosophy, most women were denied participation in academic institutions and scholarly societies during the scientific revolution of the 1700s. Only a handful of women — seven known in total — were granted doctoral degrees before the year 1800. It wasn’t until 1678 that a female scholar was...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Gender, Science, College, America, History, Physics, Italy, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, Newton, Stanford University, Bologna, Laura, Josh Jones


Vaccine mandates are proving successful in European countries. That may bode well for the US.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Wales, UK. Matthew Horwood/Getty Biden's new vaccine mandates aim to boost lagging vaccination rates in the US. France, Greece, and Italy have all had success with this approach. Their vaccination rates rose shortly after instating new vaccine requirements. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden unveiled a spate of new vaccine mandates on Thursday, amid an ongoing struggle to convince unvaccinated Americans to seek C...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Greece, Wales, France, US, Trends, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Italy, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Associated Press, Pfizer


From coffee to microchips – how the supply chain crisis is disrupting UK plc

All you need to know about who is affected and why it’s the worst supply chain crisis since the 1970sFast food chains are running out of chicken. Hauliers’ wage bills are going through the roof. Crops are rotting in the fields. The scale of Britain’s supply chain meltdown is the worst since the 1970s, when the three-day week, power cuts and industrial disputes saw rubbish pile up in the streets.Fast forward four decades and the shortages in modern Britain stem from Covid-19 disrupting an intrica...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Environment, International Trade, Economics, House Prices, Petrol Prices, European Union, UK News, Housing Market, Commodities



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