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Today β€” April 21st 2019Science&Space

Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

Archeological treasures found during metro construction in GreeceThe construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city. Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. They were found in what would have been the thriving commercial centre of the ancient city, which was the second most important conurbation in the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople. During the construction of the metro network, archeologists found a stone-paved road, the Decumanus Maximus, which would have run through the heart of Thessaloniki in the sixth century AD, as well as the remains of villas, shops, workshops and an early Christian church. More than 5,000 tombs and graves were uncovered, some of them containing exquisite golden wreaths. “The excavations are the biggest archaeological project of recent years in Greece,” Yannis Mylopoulos, the chairman of Attiko Metro, the company building the network, told The Telegraph. Early Byzantine Amphorae, Demokratias Station, Thessaloniki Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture “The quality and the quantity of the findings is really impressive. They reveal the continuity of the history of Thessaloniki and Macedonia.”  Several statues of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, were discovered, and she was also depicted in mosaics, with one showing her lying back on a couch in front of Eros. “A large number of statues depicting Aphrodite have been found in the city centre, while several more came to light in the area around the Church of the Acheiropoietos (a fifth century AD Byzantine church),” Dr Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, the head of the antiquities department in Thessaloniki, told a recent conference on the discoveries. The fact that statues of Aphrodite dating from as late as the fourth century AD were found shows that “Thessaloniki served as a powerful bastion of the old religions until late antiquity,” said Prof Adam-Veleni. Thessaloniki was established in the fourth century BC and became an important trading and military hub of the Roman Empire and, later, the Byzantine Empire. It remained a powerful city into the medieval era, with a population of more than 100,000 in the 14th century – greater than that of London. Work on the new metro system, which is designed to ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution in the city, began in 2006. Gold crown from a burial dating to the late 4th - early 3rd century. BC found at Syntrivani Station, Thessaloniki Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture The network of 18 stations was supposed to have been finished in 2012, but progress was stalled by the discovery of so many antiquities. It is now due to be operational next year. The 100 yard-long paved road – the Decumanus Maximus – will remain in situ and will be incorporated into one of the network’s stations, Eleftherios Venizelos, named after a prominent politician and national hero from the early 20th century. “People will be able to see it when they enter and exit the metro station and can even go down and walk on it if they want,” said Prof Mylopoulos. Figurines, jewellery, ceramic and bronze vases from Hellenistic era graves, found during Metro excavations in Thessaloniki The station of Hagia Sophia, named after the city’s Byzantine church, will also feature a permanent exhibition of archeological discoveries, including funerary monuments. Incorporating ancient archeological sites into an underground rail network was a huge challenge in terms of both engineering and expense – the cost of the archeological excavations ran to 130 million. Rome unveiled a similar initiative two years ago – a brand new metro station in the city centre in which ancient artefacts found during its construction are on display in glass cases. The items on display at San Giovanni metro station include bronze fish hooks from an ancient Roman fish farm, iron spearheads, gold coins decorated with emperors’ heads and marble statues of scantily-clad nymphs. As passengers descend the station’s escalators, they travel back in time, from the Middle Ages to Imperial Rome and right back to Republican Rome.  The deeper they go, the further back in history they find themselves. The rest of the findings from the metro excavation will be displayed in various museums in Thessaloniki.


  • April 21st 2019 at 22:01

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday urged hundreds of climate-change protesters in London to never give up their campaign to save the planet as police arrests over disruptions to the city's landmarks rose above 830. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites such as Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience with the aim of stopping what it calls a global climate crisis.


  • April 21st 2019 at 21:47

Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under β€˜Medicare for All’

By REED ABELSON

Private insurance pays hospitals much more than the federal government does for patient care. If Medicare for all means Medicare rates, expect an industry backlash.

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnessesThe Libyan National Army (LNA) force loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar allied to a parallel government in the east started an offensive more two weeks ago but has been unable to breach the southern defenses of the Tripoli government. The latest flare-up in the cycle of anarchy gripping Libya since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 threatens to disrupt oil flows, foment migration across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and allow jihadists to exploit the chaos. Forces loyal to Tripoli managed to push back the LNA several km (miles) in the southern Ain Zara suburb, Reuters reporters visiting the area said.


  • April 21st 2019 at 21:04

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGC

Exclusive: U.S. carves out exceptions for foreigners dealing with IRGCThe exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives who do business in Iran, where the IRGC is a major economic force, as well as humanitarian groups working in regions such as northern Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to do so without fear they will automatically trigger U.S. laws on dealing with a foreign terrorist group.


  • April 21st 2019 at 20:54

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to Sudan

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to Sudan"Our dealings with the political committee had been positive but it deals with us in the same old manner, which prompted us to suspend dealings with it," a leader of the group known as Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, told Reuters. Sudan's TMC is under pressure from protesters who have kept up a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry since Bashir was ousted on April 11. TMC head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told state TV that the council had received many blueprints on how to manage the transitional period and that the formation of a joint military-civilian council - one of the demands put forward by Sudanese activists - was being considered.


  • April 21st 2019 at 20:39

SpaceX Astronauts Will Almost Certainly Beat Boeing to ISS

SpaceX Astronauts Will Almost Certainly Beat Boeing to ISSWhen it comes to the space race, even if Boeing loses, it can still be a winning investment.


  • April 21st 2019 at 19:20

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flightA mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. “Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.


  • April 21st 2019 at 18:06

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protectionHONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by global warming overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.


  • April 21st 2019 at 17:45

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falconsLAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.


  • April 21st 2019 at 17:32

Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capabilityΒ Β 

Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capability  London. 16th April 2019 – Elliptic has created the new role of Vice President of Engineering as it continues to strengthen its senior leadership team during a period of rapid growth for the company. The cryptocurrency compliance provider has appointed Jon Bradshaw to lead the engineering team as it expands its capability. Bradshaw, a former member of the UK Government’s Technical Advisory Board, has 20 years’ experience building technology companies, including several startups and scale-ups. He was previously Chief Technology Officer at ad tech data company Smartpipe. He brings expertise in developing broad engineering capability to deliver SaaS and data-oriented products in the ad tech and telco industries. This includes a 15-year specialism in data management, transaction processing, and high-performance computing. The post Elliptic recruits VP of Engineering to support growth and bolster capability   appeared first on Coin Rivet.


  • April 21st 2019 at 17:00

London climate protesters seek talks with government

London climate protesters seek talks with governmentClimate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the British government will discuss their demands. Some 963 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. Organisers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue next week -- if the government enters talks.


  • April 21st 2019 at 21:55

SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky

SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the skyA SpaceX Crew Dragon experienced an "anomaly" during ground tests that manifested as a column of smoke rising from the spacecraft's thrusters. The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is currently unclear whether recent tests could delay that.> Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral https://t.co/W4Cj2bcN6y via @Florida_Today> > -- Code Tripping (@Code_Tripping) April 21, 2019Though few details are available, SpaceX did release a statement to SpaceNews confirming the incident."Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a spokesperson told SpaceNews. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."Images from Cape Canaveral show a column of smoke visible from local beaches. The ground test anomaly came from an engine test, specifically the SuperDraco engines which provide power for astronauts to get to safety during an aborted launch. Beyond fire and smoke, the anomaly even showed up on radar:> Dragon's static fire anomaly was big enough to show up on radar! ☁️SpaceX CrewDragon FLwx LowCC (Non-meteorological radar signature) pic.twitter.com/WpebHEo6Az> > -- Jabes (@GISRockstar) April 20, 2019NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also shared a statement to Twitter:> NASA has been notified about the results of the @SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test. We will work closely to ensure we safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program. pic.twitter.com/yE2J5yGzA7> > -- Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 21, 2019 WATCH: NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine warns India's anti-satellite test could be dangerous for the ISS


  • April 21st 2019 at 16:08

Earth Day 2019: High temperatures, rising waters, wild weather β€” who is to blame? We are.

Earth Day 2019: High temperatures, rising waters, wild weather — who is to blame? We are.Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. Here are the latest scientific facts on this human-caused shift to weather systems.


  • April 21st 2019 at 15:13

Former Astronaut On Watching For Life-Destroying Objects From Space

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to former astronaut Ed Lu, who co-founded a planetary defense nonprofit, about a meteor that exploded with the energy of 10 atomic bombs over the Bering Sea.

  • April 21st 2019 at 13:46

Former Astronaut On Watching For Life-Destroying Objects From Space

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to former astronaut Ed Lu, who co-founded a planetary defense nonprofit, about a meteor that exploded with the energy of 10 atomic bombs over the Bering Sea.

  • April 21st 2019 at 13:46

The Lyrids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

It can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.

The Lyrids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

It can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reported

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly during engine test; no injuries reportedSpaceX suffered a setback in preparations for its first crewed launch to the International Space Station today when one of its Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an anomaly during an engine test firing in Florida. No injuries were reported, but the anomaly threw up a huge pillar of smoke from SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 during testing of the Dragon’s Super Draco thrusters. The static-fire test was being conducted in preparation for an in-flight abort test. Via .@Florida_Today – Photographer .@cbphoto1 captures the smoke of the ‘anomaly’ out at #SpaceX LZ-1 https://t.co/wFHoxPR0Ov — Gene J. Mikulka, CC (@genejm29) April 20, 2019 The… Read More


  • April 21st 2019 at 02:59

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian voters

Environment emerges as major issue for Australian votersThe environment has emerged as a major issue for Australian voters, a poll showed on Sunday, but healthcare and the cost of living are the top concerns ahead of next month's elections. For 32 percent of Australians, access to affordable health services is the biggest worry, followed by the cost of living at 31 percent and crime at 25 percent, according to the Ipsos Issues Monitor, cited by the Sydney Morning Herald. At the last federal election in 2016, the environment ranked ninth at 14 percent.


  • April 21st 2019 at 04:54
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