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'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

Science
Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making.The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said.Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.Previously, the earliest evidence of wine-making was from pottery dating from about 7,000 years ago found in north-western Iran.The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)."We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto."Wine is central to civilisation as we know it in ...
Georgia attorney general quits defense in server wiping case

Georgia attorney general quits defense in server wiping case

Technology
The Georgia attorney general's office will no longer represent the state's top elections official in an elections integrity lawsuit filed three days before a crucial computer server was quietly wiped clean. The lawsuit aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily questioned touchscreen election technology, which does not provide an auditable paper trail. The server in question was a statewide staging location for key election-related data. It made headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn't fixed for six months after he first reported it to election authorities. Personal data was exposed for Georgia's 6.7 million voters, as were passwords used by county officials to access files. The assistant state attorney general handling the cas...
Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Georgia

World
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Irma weakened further Monday afternoon as the center of the system moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located 10 miles east of Albany, Ga., and 150 miles south of Atlanta. Irma continues to move north-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.The NHC said Irma was likely to become a tropical depression Tuesday.The NHC discontinued several watches and warnings for southern parts of the state of Florida.A storm surge warning was in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River, as well as for North of Clearwater Beach to the Aucilla River.A tropical storm warning was in effect from the North of Altamaha Sound to the South Santee R...
With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

Finance
As forecasters issue hurricane and storm-surge watches for parts of Florida, airlines and cruiselines are making it easier for U.S. travelers to troubleshoot their plans and stay out of Hurricane Irma's way.The latest advisories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center predict that the "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 storm will move over Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday."Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," according to the advisory.A long list of areas are under hurricane warnings, including parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas; areas under a hurricane watch now in...
Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

Irma causes at least 9 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm

World
Hurricane Irma lashed the Caribbean today, causing at least nine deaths, while in the U.S., Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are facing states of emergency as residents brace for the monster storm. The storm -- called "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) -- currently has sustained winds of 180 mph and even higher gusts. On Wednesday afternoon, Irma was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said. In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least eight people died and 21 were injured, according to the French Interior Minister. At least one person died in Barbuda, where there is widespread damage, said Midcie Francis, a spokeswoman for Antigua & Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services. Aer