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Genomic analysis details rise, fall of the Scythians

Genomic analysis details rise, fall of the Scythians

Science
March 26 (UPI) -- The Scythians of Eurasia have long been regarded as highly mobile, horse-riding warriors. Their cultural influence on the empires with which they both clashed and traded served as testament to the broad geopolitical range of the Scythians. Despite the prolificacy of the Scythians in the historical records of the Greek, Roman, Persian and Chinese empires, however, the origins, organization and evolution of the Scythians has remained unclear. Advertisement According to a new survey of ancient Scythian genomes, the decline of more sedentary Bronze Age groups and the rise of Scythian cultures during the Iron Age followed an uptick in genetic turnover across Eurasia. Researchers sequenced 111 ancient genomes from both Scythian and non-Scythian archaeological sites across the ...
Friends reunion filming date and details revealed by David Schwimmer

Friends reunion filming date and details revealed by David Schwimmer

Entertainment
After repeated delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans have been waiting for the highly anticipated Friends reunion special for a long time.But now, star David Schwimmer has revealed the show could be there for you very soon, with filming possibly taking place as early as April. The one-off Friends show was originally set to air on the HBO Max streaming platform in the US in May 2020, but was postponed as the COVID-19 crisis escalated. Image: She got off the plane! Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer as Ross and Rachel in Friends Of course, it's been 16 years since the final episode, so fans have been eager for a reunion for a long time.Schwimmer, who starred alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc a...
BA fine for losing customers’ credit card details dropped by £163m

BA fine for losing customers’ credit card details dropped by £163m

Technology
British Airways is to be fined £20m after losing the personal and financial details of more than 400,000 customers in a cyber attack.The fine is considerably lower than the £183m fine which the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had initially notified the company of last year. According to the ICO, the regulator took into account "representations from BA and the economic impact of COVID-19 on their business before setting a final penalty".It comes as the company's chief executive told MPs back in September that the business was "fighting for its survival" as a consequence of the pandemic.The ICO said it took into account the economic impact of its initial fine as part of its regulatory action policy, which is currently under review. ...
Tens of thousands march against Lukashenko as hackers leak police details

Tens of thousands march against Lukashenko as hackers leak police details

Technology
Tens of thousands of people marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday, calling for the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko in the sixth straight weekend of protests.It comes as hackers leaked the personal details of more than 2,000 senior police officers in two batches, pledging that "no one will remain anonymous, even under a balaclava", amid reports of violent crackdowns targeting demonstrators. At least 10 people were detained on Sunday, according to the Russian news agency TASS, which quoted a police spokesperson. Human rights group Spring-96 said at least 196 people were detained across the whole of the county. ...
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Court hears details of ‘violent’ marital rows

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Court hears details of ‘violent’ marital rows

Entertainment
Johnny Depp has claimed "all hell would break loose" if he failed to follow ex-wife Amber Heard's "rules".The actor, 57, told London's High Court during a libel hearing Ms Heard, 34, would often force him to give her attention.Ms Heard claimed he once threw a magnum of champagne at her, which he denied.Mr Depp is suing for libel over an article that called him a "wife beater" - but the Sun newspaper maintains the story was accurate.The April 2018 piece by journalist Dan Wootton was about the casting of Mr Depp in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film franchise. Mr Depp's lawyers say the article made "defamatory allegations of the utmost seriousness", by accusing him of committing serious assaults on Ms Heard.But the Sun is defending the article...