Washington Free Beacon
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Bush's crusade against terrorism, a phrase which, for Muslims, evokes barbarous campaigns by medieval Christians against Islam. Saudi Arabia in particular appears relieved at the departure of Barack Obama, who it felt considered Riyadh's alliance with Washington less important than negotiating a deal in 2015 to neutralize Iran's nuclear program. The relationship is a pillar of the Middle East's security balance. But it has suffered since Riyadh took issue with what it saw as Obama's withdrawal from the region, and a perceived inclination towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings. ANOTHER RONALD REAGAN There have been tensions over Syria, where Obama dismissed Gulf Arab urgings to give more aid to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, who has survived thanks to Iranian and Russian backing. Perception is important: Trump does not look like the kind of guy who will bend towards Iran or anyone else, said Abdulrahman al-Rashed, a veteran Saudi commentator.
Plymouth Herald
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Every man's home is his castle, but in the case of Treworgan on the outskirts of Falmouth, it is literally true. This spectacular six-to-seven bedroom property is on the market for £5 million, thought to be the most expensive home in Cornwall at the start of 2017. READ: Prominent Plymouth hotel faces demolition As stately homes go, it is a relative newcomer: Treworgan was built in the 19th century, testimony to the Victorians fascination with Britain's medieval past. READ:...
Live Science
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A medieval building that may have been used as a synagogue has been uncovered at the site of Huqoq near the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
Open Culture
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Bosch’s incredibly detailed paintingsfeel startlingly contemporary…. Reproductions of his paintings have adorned rock album covers, been parodied on The Simpsons and printed on silk bodices designed by Alexander McQueen.” And he was, in fact, namedTrendiest Apocalyptic Medieval Painter of 2014.” We might well wonder what Bosch would have done with the same technologies as those who now pay him tribute. Perhaps something very much like Pond has with her Bosch Redux series , a collection of photographs of very close-up details in several of Bo
Hackaday
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At the least, it takes a very long time to get results with a slow centrifuge. [M. Saad Bhamla] and his colleagues at Stanford started brainstorming on this problem. They thought about toys that rotate, including a yo-yo. Turns out, those don't spin all that fast, either. Then they considered a whirligig. We had forgotten what those are, but it is the real name for a toy that has a spinning disk and (usually) a string. When you pull on the string, the disk spins and the more you pull, the faster the disk spins. These actually have an ancient origin appearing in medieval tapestries and almost 2,500 years ago in China. [Bhamla] found that how the toy worked was poorly understood (from a scientific standpoint) and took pictures of one in operation with a high-speed camera. The team was able to create the paperfuge, a human-powered centrifuge that would spin at 125,000 RPM, enough to separate plasma from blood in under two minutes and isolate malaria parasites in 15.
Times of Israel
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Variety
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What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat... Read more »
Daily Mail - Home
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Daily Mail - Science
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Informed Comment
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In actual fact, the process often took six to eight weeks . Even an order from a federal court (that found as many as 300,000 voters may have been affected) failed to speed up the turgid Wisconsin bureaucracy. In the November election, voter turnout in Wisconsin, which Trump won by 22,748 votes, was the lowest in 20 years. It fell 13% in Milwaukee, where most of the states black voters live. Part of the problem was undoubtedly the unpopularity of the major candidates, but voter suppression seems to have played a significant role, too. As Ari Berman of the Nation points out , the active discouragement of poor and minority citizens from voting not just in Wisconsin, but in Virginia, North Carolina, and many other states was undoubtedly the most underreported story of 2016. Alas, Poor Hamilton The last kind of man whom Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, as architects of the new American republic, saw as a fit head of state was someone modeled on the character of a medieval prince: narcissistic, volatile, cruel, deceitful, and as vulnerable to manipulation by flattery as by insult.
BBC Parliament
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It stands alone among medieval documents in making that call. So we should remember that anti-Semitism and the consequences of it have been something with as -- that have been with us through the greater part of recorded human history. I want to say a word about the work of the foundation and establishments have taken part in the project since it was inaugurated in 2013, that is over two thirds of schools in Scotland.
Live Science
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The remains of at least 123 people have been excavated at a series of four cemeteries near the ruins of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.
Live Science
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Over the last two years, the remains of at least 123 individuals have been uncovered at a series of four cemeteries near a medieval Christian monastery at al-Ghazali in Sudan.
ABC News - Western Australia
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The WA Premier's comments on burkas — including that they are not part of Australian culture and he would prefer they are not worn — are medieval and unfounded, as almost no Muslim women wear the garment in the state, a senior Muslim leader says.
TIME - Top Stories
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Google Research Blog
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Posted by Colin Evans and Dayu Yuan, Software Engineers Understanding the various meanings of a particular word in text is key to understanding language. For example, in the sentence “ he will receive stock in the reorganized company ”, we know that “ stockrefers to “ the capital raised by a business or corporation through the issue and subscription of shares ” as defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD), based on the context. However, there are more than 10 other definitions for “ stock ” in NOAD, ranging from “ goods in a store ”to “ a medieval device for punishment ”. For a computer algorithm, distinguishing between these meanings is so difficult that it has been described as “ AI-complete ” in the past ( Navigli, 2009 ; Ide and Veronis 1998 ; Mallery 1988 ). In order to help further progress on this challenge, we’re happy to announce the release of word-sense annotations on the popular MASC and SemCor datasets, manually annotated with senses from the NOAD.
Dover Express
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Kent has a long list of famous and beautiful castles rich in history and architecture.The historic sites range from Norman and medieval ruins to grand and spectacular estates surrounded by moats and stunning gardens.Families can enjoy days out in all weathers at the castles, from exploring the interior, strolling around the gardens, and learning more about the history through re-enactments.We have compiled a list of 15 spectacular castles you can visit in the county- so you know exactly where to...
Voice Of America
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The Red Command responded by forming alliances with smaller regional gangs, including the North Family and Crime Union of RN. Brazil's 1,400 prisons are badly overcrowded and for decades have been sharply criticized for their medieval conditions and human rights abuses. They are largely under the control of state governments, which seem unable to stop the gang war. Leaders transferred Authorities have started transferring the leaders of the uprisings to undisclosed prisons, where they are placed in isolation. But in the past this has proved ineffective and has also stoked gang anger, prompting the PCC in particular to take the violence outside the prisons and onto the streets of major cities. Temer told Reuters in a Monday interview that the government plans to build 30 prisons — within a year, it is hoped — to ease the severe crowding in Brazil's penitentiaries.
Bristol Post
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As a youngster, did you dream of navigating the Aztec zone, conquering the Medieval zone, beating the odds in the Industrial zone and winning the crystal in the Future zone? If the answer is yes, then now is your chance!In the 90's, The Crystal Maze was one of the UK's favourite television shows. Now it's your turn to be the star of the show.You could be one of the lucky people to flail wildly at the silver and gold tokens in the Crystal Dome when the new version of The Crystal Maze is filmed in...
The Event Chronicle
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Students of the Middle Ages all know that the Holy Roman Empire was, in the words of Voltaire, neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire'. But did this agglomeration of medieval power and influence also saddle us with a bogus calendar? Could an emperormaybe two emperors, with the help of a friendly pope – have been responsible for shoving 297 years' worth of utterly fictitious history into our collective consciousness, there to fester and cause problems for innocent historical researchers? What year is it, anyway? To be clear: the Phantom Time Hypothesis, originally by Heribert Illig and Hans-Ulrich Niemitz 1 , states that the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto III, in collusion with Pope Sylvester II, misdated the Western calendar in order to celebrate the end of the first millennium297 years early. This theory claims that Otto and others then filled in the phantom time' with some pretty interesting, but totally imaginary, history.
The Week
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The opening ceremony on 28 January will see a live performance inspired by the Greek myth Pygmalion, which tells the origin of Paphos. The show involves volunteers from all over the country and even includes music from the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in a gesture of solidarity. One advantage Cyprus has over its Scandinavian counterpart is almost year-round sunshine. As such, Paphos will host many of its activities as 'open air factories' across the city, reflecting the programme's core theme of openness and connectivity. Expect al fresco music, walking tours and even film screenings on the beach. The goddess Aphrodite provides inspiration for many artistic ventures, including a new large-scale installation by local painter Mary Plant to go on display in Medieval Manor House on the archaeological site of Kouklia. Later in the year, The Many Faces of Venus interactive exhibition will showcase Western perceptions of Aphrodite throughout history, bringing artwork from the great museums of Europe to the shores of sunny Cyprus.
The Huffington Post
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Reaction in the halls of Sacramento to inaction on climate has been quick and decisive. From the governor through to the legislature the entirety of California government ain't going backwards. Perhaps most importantly it was visceral - Sacramento knows what is at stake. Oh and did we mention they have a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature? But outside of knee-jerk reactions to medieval scientific witch hunts how can Sacramento truly step up and make good on their climate progress? By taxing the bad stuff, exporting the good stuff, and filling the vacuum of leadership at both the national and international level. Brown's Climate Legacy - A Price On Carbon Let's start with the clear and present opportunity - AB32 and now SB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The ground-breaking passage of SB32 in 2016 which established the 2030 goal of reducing emissions 40% also includes the authority to adopt ambitious policies ranging from zero emission vehicles mandates to low carbon fuel standards.
Daily Mail - USA
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Deputies arrested a man from Oregon on menacing charges Saturday night after they say he threatened his wife with a 'homemade medieval weapon.' 31-year-old Matija Belavic was caught.
DW
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