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The Truth About Politics and Cartography: Mapping Claims to the Arctic Seabed

August 20th, 2015
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While maps can certainly enlighten and educate, they can just as easily be used to support certain political narratives. With this in mind, Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research (IBRU) has updated its map showing territorial claims to the Arctic seabed following a revised more »

Mass Grave Reveals Organized Violence Among Europe's First Farmers

August 19th, 2015
in econ_news

The discovery of 26 bodies with lethal injuries in a 7,000 year old mass grave in Germany provides more evidence of organised large-scale violence in Neolithic Europe. The findings, reported in the journal PNAS, also help us understand the sudden and perhaps brutal ending of more »

Tianjin: China's Cities have Made History, Now It's Time to Make Them Safer

August 18th, 2015
in econ_news

The Chinese city of Tianjin was not very well known to Western audiences until around midnight, or to be more precise 23:34 and six seconds, on August 12 2015, when two massive explosions took place in the city’s port. more »

2015-16 is Shaping Up to Deliver a Rollercoaster from Strong El Nino to La Nina

August 18th, 2015
in econ_news

The anticipation is growing that this year’s newly formed El Niño will turn out to be very big. All climate models surveyed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology are currently predicting a strong event later this year. more »

What the Expansion of the Suez Canal Shows About Shifts in Global Shipping

August 17th, 2015
in econ_news

Egypt has opened a second lane to the Suez Canal amid much fanfare. The US$8 billion dollar expansion adds 35km of new channels to the existing canal and another 35km where existing bodies of water were dredged to make way for larger ships. more »

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