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  • Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English? October 17, 2018
    Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat“Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “Kaffi og kleina” – in the language […]
    Ragnar Jónasson
  • Science Fair review – riveting lessons from the smartest kids in school October 17, 2018
    This sharp, refreshing documentary charts the fortunes of high-school students in the unashamed pursuit of excellenceThis National Geographic documentary is a really watchable, distinctly enjoyable account of America’s annual International Science and Engineering Fair, a gigantic competition open to high-school science students from all over the globe. At the annual final in Los Angeles, 1,700 […]
    Peter Bradshaw
  • Archeological find changes date of Pompeii's destruction October 16, 2018
    Inscription suggests Mount Vesuvius erupted weeks later than previously thoughtA newly-discovered inscription at Pompeii proves the city was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius after 17 October AD79 and not on 24 August as previously thought.Archeologists recently discovered that a worker had inscribed the date of “the 16th day before the calends of November”, meaning 17 October, […]
    AFP in Rome
  • Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues | Letter October 16, 2018
    It is not transphobic to investigate this area from a range of critical perspectives, say 54 academics who are also concerned about proposed changes to the Gender Recognition ActWe represent a newly formed network of over 100 academics, most of whom are currently employed in UK universities. We are concerned, from a range of academic […]
  • 'She's better than the Maybot': PM upstaged by actual robot October 16, 2018
    Sadly the education committee failed to ask Pepper the robot the naughtiest thing she’s ever doneOn Monday, the prime minister spent the best part of two hours failing to explain why she had bothered to come to the House of Commons to give a statement on the progress of the Brexit negotiations when she didn’t […]
    John Crace
  • Snubbed, cheated, erased: the scandal of architecture's invisible women October 16, 2018
    They are among the most talented architects of their age. Yet the credit, praise and awards have gone to the men instead. Meet the women who are tired of being written out of historyDenise Scott Brown was an associate professor when she married Robert Venturi in 1967. She had taught at the universities of Pennsylvania […]
    Oliver Wainwright
  • Frontline training scheme poses a threat to social work education October 16, 2018
    Government should halt £50m tender to extend the fast-track children’s social work training programmeA recent Society Guardian piece suggested social work academics and the Frontline fast-track training scheme should end their “feud”. This distracts from important questions about what Frontline means for the future of social work education and practice.Frontline is seen by the academic […]
    Anna Gupta and SocialWhatNow
  • The UK's green discoveries: plastic-eating enzymes and seawater biofuels October 16, 2018
    Researchers across the UK are working hard to prevent further climate breakdown. Here are their latest findingsWe don’t have long to get our act together on climate change, according to a UN report released earlier this month. In the next 12 years, we need to reverse the trend of Earth’s increasing temperature or face drought, […]
    Zofia Niemtus
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