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Dig resurrects a feud over which town is a state's oldest

Dig resurrects a feud over which town is a state's oldest

Technology
An archaeological dig is rekindling a feud between two towns over which was the first in Connecticut. Experts have unearthed artifacts they believe date to the 1630s in Wethersfield, where town signs declare it the state's "most ancient," founded in 1634. But a few miles up the Connecticut River to the north, Windsor boasts it is the state's "first town," settled in 1633. The long-running dispute on which was the first English settlement in Connecticut centers on how you define "town." Settlers from Plymouth, Massachusetts, established a trading post in Windsor in 1633. Advocates for Wethersfield say settlers from Watertown, Massachusetts, made Wethersfield their home in 1634 and claim Windsor didn't become a town until 1635, when people there built homes. "I don't think it ever will be ...
Black Sea ship: 'World's oldest intact wreck' found

Black Sea ship: 'World's oldest intact wreck' found

Science
A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world's oldest known intact shipwreck.The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases.The rudder, rowing benches and even the contents of its hold remain intact."It's like another world," Helen Farr from the expedition told the BBC. "It's when the ROV [remote operated vehicle] drops down through the water column and you see this ship appear in the light at the bottom so perfectly preserved it feels like you step back in time."The r...
KKR seeks to log out from Aricent, its oldest investment in India

KKR seeks to log out from Aricent, its oldest investment in India

Finance
MUMBAI: US private equity giant KKR is in early talks with strategic and financial investors including American late-stage tech investor Silver Lake Partners and Accenture to sell its oldest India investment, Flextronics Software, now known as Aricent, for about $ 1.5 billion. KKR has mandated JP Morgan to run a formal process and the investment bank has reached out to French technology giant Capgemini to buy a controlling stake in the Santa Clara, California-based technology firm, multiple sources in the know told ET. The deal, if successful, will mark KKR’s exit from its oldest investment in an India-focused company. When contacted, KKR and Capgemini declined to comment. Accenture and Silver Lake did not return mails seeking comments till the time of going to press. Founded in 1991
'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 ...
Astronomers observe one of the oldest galaxies in the universe

Astronomers observe one of the oldest galaxies in the universe

Science
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Astronomers have observed the second most distant dust-filled, star-forming galaxy in the cosmos. The galaxy was spotted using the Large Millimeter Telescope, the most powerful telescope of its kind.The LMT is positioned at the top of Sierra Negra, the fifth tallest peak in Mexico, and jointly operated by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Mexico's National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics.The newly imaged galaxy was likely one of the earliest star-forming galaxies in the universe."The Big Bang happened 13.7 billion years ago, and now we are seeing this galaxy from 12.8 billion years ago, so it was forming within the first billion years after the Big Bang," Amherst astrophysicist Min Yun said in a news release. "Seeing an object within the first b...