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What this ancient Babylonian tablet teaches us about the politics of discovery

Recent coverage of the Plimpton 322 has made inflated claims about the importance of its discovery – but does it hold up to scrutiny?
 
Artefact Plimpton 322 has been in the news lately – an ancient Babylonian clay tablet inscribed with numbers (now known as Pythagorean Triples) which has recently been hailed as a key unearthing in the existence of trigonometry. Read more...

Student network launches campaign for fair migrant reporting

An Oxford-based student campaign network group has today launched a set of principles aimed at improving media’s portrayal of migrant issues.

People & Planet developed the list in coordination with migrant activists, young migrants, and members of the media. It includes proposals such as a moratorium on the use of the phrase “illegal immigrants” in favour of more humanising terms, more direct input from migrants in coverage of their issues, and the neutralisation of racial prejudice in media coverage. Read more...

Students at top universities boycotting satisfaction surveys as protest

Students at some of the UK’s top universities have snubbed the 2017 National Student Survey to try and prevent the government from using the results to justify rising tuition fees.
 
Data from Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, University College London and King’s College London will all be missing from this year’s results, as less than half of the students eligible to vote responded. Read more...

Why your phone might not be the reason you can’t sleep at night

The harmfulness of blue light to our sleep cycles has been widely reported on in the past few years, but a new UTM study suggests that our restless nights might in fact be due to our hunter-gatherer ancestry.

 
The study, recently conducted by David Samson Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UTM, supports the sentinel hypothesis, according to which restless sleeping and waking up during the night served as means of survival in hunter-gatherer groups back when sleep made humans vulnerable to predators and other threats. Read more...

Game of Thrones scripts leaked by hackers demanding ransom

US television network HBO have been targeted by hackers who have released 3.4GB of files, including the phone numbers and emails of Game of Thrones actors.
 
In a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, the hackers demand a ransom of several million dollars in bitcoin, saying that if the network does not pay within three days they will release a further 1.5 terabytes of confidential corporate data. Read more...