Security cooperation with Europe is ‘imperative’, MI6 chief to warn as no-deal Brexit threat grows

In a rare public address, Alex Younger will outline how cooperation with European allies has prevented multiple attacks in the UK and the continent by Isis and other terrorist groups.

…Speaking at St Andrews University in Scotland, he will reiterate that: “Russia or any other state intent on subverting our way of life not to underestimate our determination and our capabilities, or those of our allies.”

Security cooperation with Europe is ‘imperative’, MI6 chief to warn as no-deal Brexit threat grows | The Independent



Google May Shutter Google News in EU Over ‘Link Tax’ Laws

This set of rules says that technology firms like Google and Facebook that profit from content on the internet by linking to it should have to pay a fee to those sites.

…Many traditional media companies in Europe blame Google for siphoning off ad revenue that kept newspapers afloat. Musicians and artists are also largely in favor of the Digital Single market rules. However, many smaller websites rely on the traffic Google News and similar services drive.

Google May Shutter Google News in EU Over ‘Link Tax’ Laws – ExtremeTech


Living in a cold, dark climate linked to heavy drinking. Or not.

One expert attending, Prof Jurgen Rehm from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, cast doubt on any link between temperature, light and alcohol consumption.

He told BBC Scotland that research in Europe had found the highest rates of alcohol consumption and harm in a central belt of countries such as Ireland, the UK, Germany and Poland.

Lower alcohol use was found in countries to the north – such as Norway, Sweden and Finland – and further south in places like Italy, Malta and Greece.

He said: “Basically, we have found within Europe that this correlation that has been found in another study globally, plays no role.”

Living in a cold, dark climate linked to heavy drinking – BBC News


Archaeology: Treasure, animal skulls in 3,300-year-old Transylvania tomb

Transylvania perches on a plateau surrounded by the great arc of the Carpathian Mountains in central Romania. Richly endowed with medieval castles, cities, and ruins, Transylvania is the home of the real Count Dracula, portrayed in fiction as a vampire. In the Bronze Age, however, the province was famous for entirely different reasons. The area is rich in metal, and became a focal point in trade between the major cities in the eastern Mediterranean and northern Europe.

…Merchants and travelers alike followed the vast rivers – the Mures, the Danube and the Tisza – through flat floodplains and meadows nestled in the Carpathian Mountains.

Some of the smaller rivers were rich in gold, and in the mountains one could extract copper. Because of this the area became an important meeting point between peoples from North and South some 3,300 years ago.

…Not only did Cioclovina Cave have beads and glass originating from Mesopotamia and Egypt: the archaeologists also found 1,770 amber beads that came from Scandinavia. 

…Radiocarbon analysis carried out on animal bones found in the cave supports the timeline of between 1,428 to 1,263 B.C.E.

Treasure, skulls in 3,300-year-old Transylvania tomb were from nymph cult, archaeologists suggest – Archaeology –