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January, 2018

IDC Japan report: 3D printing mainly used for production, transport, electrical machinery

The Japanese arm of research giant IDC (International Data Corporation) has released the results of its domestic 3D printing user survey. Amongst other findings, the survey revealed that 85.7 per cent of responding companies are using 3D printers to make prototypes. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180131-idc-japan-report-3d-printing-mainly-used-for-production-transport-electrical-machinery.html

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Lux Research: 18 technologies most likely to transform the world over the next decade

Business leaders need to be able to spot emerging technologies that present big growth opportunities or serious competitive threats, but are often stuck relying on either subjective opinions or an excess of raw data without context or insight. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180131-lux-research-18-technologies-most-likely-to-transform-the-world-over-the-next-decade.html

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Truck driver ploughs through Peru’s ancient Nazca lines

The Peruvian government has ordered increased security at the country’s world famous Nazca lines after a truck driver ploughed his vehicle through the ancient archaeological site. This Peruvian Ministry of Culture picture shows damage caused by a truck that illegally entered the archaeological site where the ancient Nazca lines are located on January 27 [Credit: AFP]In future, the 450-square-kilometre area …Continue reading →

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Rare Arabic-inspired chess piece found in Tønsberg, Norway

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) found the small medieval chess piece before Christmas during an excavation in Anders Madsens gate in Tønsberg. The chess piece [Credit: Lars Haugesten, NIKU]Tønsberg is Norway’s oldest city and excavations there are followed closely by historians and archaeologists. Arabic inspired chess piece The archaeologists found the piece in a house …Continue reading →

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The Greeks and Alexander the Great

To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage — one of history’s greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India. A statue of Alexander the Great in Salonica, Greece, which is in a 27-year dispute with FYROM over its name [Credit: Fayez Nureldine, AFP]But …Continue reading →

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Hittite temple damaged in Syria by Turkish raids

Syria’s antiquities department and a war monitor on Sunday said a 3,000-year-old temple has been damaged in Turkish air strikes on a Kurdish militia in the country’s north. A picture taken on January 29, 2018 shows destruction at the ancient temple of Ain Dara, some seven kilometres from Afrin,  after it was damaged in Turkish air strikes according to Syria’s …Continue reading →

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Thessaloniki’s Palace of Galerius prepares to reopen to the public

Lovers of history will have another site to add to their list when travelling to Thessaloniki, with the Palace Complex of Galerius due to reopen on Tuesday. The historical complex, which dates back to the 4th century, is one of the city’s most significant archaeological sites [Credit: ANA-MPA]Dating back to early 4th century AD, the ruins have been closed to …Continue reading →

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Greek sacred spring dating back to 1800s discovered in northern Turkey

A historical holy water spring called ‘ayasma’ was discovered Wednesday in Turkey’s northern Black Sea province of Samsun, the Doğan News Agency reported. DHA PhotoThe ‘ayasma’, which is considered sacred by Orthodox Christians, was found in Tekkeköy district’s rural area and is estimated to date back to the 1800s. Tekkeköy Mayor Hasan Togar told reporters that the sacred fountain was …Continue reading →

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Unique knife of early medieval scribe discovered in Poland’s Pasym Castle

Archaeologists found the an unusual knife during last year’s excavations in the early medieval fortified settlement in Pasym, in the northern Polish district of Szczycień. The medieval scribe’s knife from Pasym [Credit: S. Wadyl]”This is the only Prussian settlement with such an early metric, it dates back to the 7th-9th century,”  says Dr. Sławomir Wadyl from the Institute of Archaeology …Continue reading →

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Ancient burial chamber in Turkey’s Adıyaman looted

Treasure hunters carrying out illegal excavations in Turkey’s southeastern Adıyaman province have discovered a burial chamber from the Roman-era, reports said Wednesday. IHA PhotoPeople who saw the illegal excavation in Elmacık Village immediately informed gendarmerie officials, who discovered the ancient burial chambers. Security officials launched an investigation to find the suspects and informed local museum officials about the… [[ This …Continue reading →

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