Monday, June 17

Author: Anderson W. White

The stars sing under the stars: a global gala celebrates opera
World

The stars sing under the stars: a global gala celebrates opera

Although much of the campaign for recognition occurred under a previous center-left government, inclusion on the list by the United Nations agency, UNESCO, was something of a coup for Italy's conservative government, the whose Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, has made it his mission to exalt Italianness. One of his projects is a museum of Italian culture, to highlight the "contribution that Italy has made to humanity", and his positions at the direction of the most important museums have favored local choices where the previous government looked for international talent. His choice in April of a director for La Scala, Milan's grand opera house, came with a statement trumpeting that the new boss, Fortunato Ortombina, was Italian, "after three foreign general directors." At Friday...
The United States leads the way in antitrust investigations into Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI
Economy

The United States leads the way in antitrust investigations into Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI

For months, Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI have largely escaped the brunt of the Biden administration's regulatory scrutiny. But things started to change when generative AI, capable of producing human-like text, photos, video and audio, hit the scene in late 2022 and created a frenzy in the industry. Regulators have recently signaled that they want to get ahead of developments in artificial intelligence. In July, the FTC launched an investigation into whether OpenAI had harmed consumers through data collection. In January, the FTC also launched a broad investigation into strategic partnerships between tech giants and AI startups, including Microsoft's investments in OpenAI and Google and Amazon's investments in Anthropic, another young AI company . artificial intelligence. However, the ...
Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield
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Drink wine for breakfast, put on a 51-pound suit and go to the battlefield

In the combat study, soldiers fought on foot and in chariots, using replica weapons including a spear with blunt edges and a point, and spent a lot of time walking and riding in chariots. They also followed a meal plan created by the researchers, which included a breakfast consisting mainly of dry bread, goat cheese, green olives and red wine. They could not wear Dendra armor, which dates back to around 1450 BC. Instead, the soldiers wore a copper replica, the closest alloy to the original bronze available, the study says. The replica was made in 1984 by students and staff from the metalworking department at the now closed Bournville College of Art in Birmingham, England. Wanted: soldiers as big as the ancient Greeks The researchers looked for Marines who had body proportions similar t...
How the Israeli mission to save four hostages unfolded
World

How the Israeli mission to save four hostages unfolded

Israeli troops have overrun much of Gaza since their ground invasion began in late October. But they managed to save only seven living hostages in three separate military operations, with around 120 prisoners remaining in Gaza. Several proposed rescue missions did not go ahead for fear that hostages or law enforcement would die in the process, according to two Israeli defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. In December, Israeli special forces attempted to rescue a hostage from Hamas captivity, according to the two defense officials. Sahar Baruch, an Israeli hostage, was killed during the firefight and two Israeli officers were seriously injured. According to one of the defense officials, Israeli intelligence first learned that Ms. Arga...
Modi in India, humiliated by voters, faces serious economic difficulties
Economy

Modi in India, humiliated by voters, faces serious economic difficulties

The humiliation of Modi's party resonates in part as an expression of popular frustration that India remains a land of economic peril for hundreds of millions of people, as well as a country characterized by startling contrasts in wealth. In big cities, five-star hotels boasting luxurious spas look down on teeming, unsanitary slums. In rural areas, malnutrition prevails under many roofs and families struggle to find the money to send their children to school. Even though its working-age population numbers about a billion, India has only 430 million jobs, according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, an independent research institute based in Mumbai. And most of those considered employed are stuck in precarious circumstances as day laborers and farm workers, lacking reliable wa...
Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge
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Live updates: Israeli attack kills dozens of people in the former school where civilians had taken refuge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened further military action against Hezbollah in Lebanon on Wednesday, amid growing talk of another full-scale war, even as Israel battles Hamas in the Gaza Strip.Two days after Hezbollah militants fired a barrage of rockets and explosive drones from Lebanon into northern Israel, setting off several fires, Netanyahu visited soldiers and firefighters in the area and said the Israeli army was ready to strike . “Whoever thinks they can harm us and that we will respond by sitting on our hands is making a big mistake,” he said, according to the Israeli government. “We are prepared for very intense action in the north. One way or another we will restore security in the north." Other Israeli officials have threatened war in Lebanon against Hezbol...