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Artifacts, skulls at ancient cemetery reveal early multicultural community in Europe

Artifacts, skulls at ancient cemetery reveal early multicultural community in Europe

Science
April 30 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have recovered evidence of the formation of a multicultural community during Europe's Migration Period. During the first half of the 5th century, the Huns invaded Central Europe, triggering the collapse of the Roman Empire. As the Romans retreated from the Pannonia provinces of western Hungary, migrants from elsewhere -- many seeking refuge from the hordes of Huns -- moved in. To better understand this transitional period, researchers used a combination of archaeological, anthropological and isotopic analysis techniques to survey the artifacts and human remains -- including a group of deformed skulls -- recovered from the 5th century Mözs-Icsei dülő cemetery, located near the town of Szekszárd. "Archaeological analysis of grave forms and grave goods is al
Will NHS contact-tracing app work? Experts reveal concerns

Will NHS contact-tracing app work? Experts reveal concerns

Technology
A new contact-tracing app developed by the NHS will be released across the UK within the next few weeks, but experts are concerned about whether it will work.Speaking to a committee of MPs on Tuesday, Matthew Gould, the head of NHSx, confirmed that the app would not keep data decentralised despite a request by Apple and Google. Mr Gould also confirmed that the app will allow people in the UK to self-report if they were experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, potentially allowing them to send false reports and force people to self-isolate when they don't have to.The app could start being rolled out in the UK in a test area next week, before being deployed across the country in "two to three weeks", according to Mr Gould. Apple and Google are updating their mobile operating systems, which...
Apple and Google phones to reveal if you’ve been near someone who has coronavirus

Apple and Google phones to reveal if you’ve been near someone who has coronavirus

Business
Apple and Google have announced they are working together to create contact tracing technology aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.In a rare collaboration, the two companies - whose operating systems power 99% of the world's smartphones - plan to add new software to devices to make it easier to track down people who may have been infected with COVID-19. To be effective, the system would require millions of people to opt into the system and trust the technology giants' safeguards. Image: Google and Apple's operating systems power 99% of the world's smartphones Under the plan, smartphones with the contact tracing technology will emit unique Bluetooth signals. Phones within about 6ft can then record anonymous information about the...
Astronomers reveal source of ‘red sign’ in ancient Japanese literature

Astronomers reveal source of ‘red sign’ in ancient Japanese literature

Science
March 31 (UPI) -- In the early 7th century Japan, a fan of bright red feathers flamed across the night sky. Onlookers likened the cosmic phenomenon to the tail of a pheasant. In written accounts, witnesses speculated about the cosmic origins of the "red sign," but until now, the phenomenon's true identity was a mystery. In a new study, published this week in journal Sokendai Review of Culture and Social Studies, astronomers claim a powerful aurora best explains the red light that flashed above Japan in 620 A.D. "It is the oldest Japanese astronomical record of a 'red sign,'" Ryuho Kataoka, an expert on space weather and an associate professor at Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, said in a news release. "It could be a red aurora produced during magnetic storms. However, convin...
Cash handouts for self-employed expected as Sunak to reveal new COVID-19 package

Cash handouts for self-employed expected as Sunak to reveal new COVID-19 package

Business
A coronavirus bail-out for the self-employed is being unveiled by the chancellor after pressure from MPs, but handouts could go to only one in three of the five million who work for themselves.Rishi Sunak will announce an emergency package at Boris Johnson's daily Downing Street news conference, promising help for groups such as builders, taxi drivers, hairdressers and childminders. But while he will promise to match the 80% of earnings he promised staff employees last Friday, the monthly cap is likely to be lower than the £2,500 in that coronavirus scheme because many self-employed pay less tax.And it is likely only about 1.7 million, a third of the UK's self-employed, will qualify, with those who have separate earnings as company employees and those on Universal Credit - already promised