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Acropolis Museum opens ancient Athens neighborhood site below its base

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s Acropolis Museum opened an excavation site underneath its modern building on Friday, allowing visitors for the first time to walk through an ancient Athenian neighbourhood that survived from the Classical era to Byzantine times. A part of an ancient neighbourhood is seen at the newly opened archaeological site underneath the Acropolis […]

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Cairo’s ‘mother of Egyptian museums’ set for revamp

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt on Sunday launched a revamp of the Egyptian Museum, promising to preserve and enhance the storied site even as it loses its most famous collection. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo Located in […]

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Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away – Ai-Da is a robot. Described as “the world’s first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot […]

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Developers sue Apple over App Store practices

(Reuters) – Two app developers on Tuesday sued Apple Inc over its App Store practices, making claims similar to those in a lawsuit brought by consumers that the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed to proceed. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo […]

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Procrastinating genius: did da Vinci have attention disorder?

LONDON (Reuters) – Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci’s litany of exquisite but unfinished work shows he probably had an attention disorder common to modern society. An illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of the altered connections, visualised with diffusion tractography (yellow tint), that are important for executive functions in people with ADHD, as created with MRI technique pioneered by […]

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Huawei unwanted: Asian shops shun phone trade-ins on Google suspension worries

SINGAPORE/MANILA (Reuters) – Mobile phone retailers in some Asian countries are refusing to accept Huawei devices for trade-ins, as more consumers look to offload their device on worries Google suspending business with the Chinese firm will disrupt services. A Huawei company logo is seen at Huawei’s Shanghai Research Center in Shanghai, China May 22, 2019. […]

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Dollar stalls near one-month high after Fed minutes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held near a one-month high on Wednesday after minutes from the May Federal Open Market Committee meeting showed officials agreed that their current patient approach to setting monetary policy could remain in place “for some time.” FILE PHOTO: An employee counts U.S. dollar bills at a money exchange […]

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Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long, Marianne’ love letters up for auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A collection of love letters written by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen to the woman who inspired his song, “So Long, Marianne” is going up for auction next month, two years after both of them died. FILE PHOTO: Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen performs during the first night of the 47th Montreux Jazz […]

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Gold miners must focus on returns, mergers to attract investment: Barrick CEO

LONDON (Reuters) – Gold miners must focus on maximizing returns and more mergers to attract investors seeking to diversify after years of under-investing in mines, Barrick Gold’s chief executive said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Mark Bristow, chief executive officer of Barrick Gold, speaks during an interview at the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference in […]

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Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side on Tuesday with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of the Chinese firm’s technology. The world’s second-biggest phone maker runs its devices on Google’s Android platform outside China, but the U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei […]

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