Architecture helps piece together evidence of war crimes

Architecture helps piece together evidence of war crimes

Updated August 31, 2017 12:44:52 Photo: The emerging practice of forensic architecture can explain the recent history of sites of armed conflict. (Getty Images: Anadolu Agency) From the analysis of shrapnel fragments in a room struck by drones in Pakistan, to a recreation of a secret Syrian detention centre, forensic architects are using new research methods to expose state violence, war crimes and human rights violations. Architecture is typically understood as a creative process, a discipline concerned with the process of construction, the ways in our material world is built….

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Proposed charity changes a 'torpedo' to environmental groups, Bob Brown says

Proposed charity changes a 'torpedo' to environmental groups, Bob Brown says

Updated August 31, 2017 20:32:22 Video: Environmental group claim they’re being targeted by proposed changes to charity regulations (7.30) Related Story: Eco-charities could lose tax-deductible donations Related Story: MP threatened with legal action over eco-charity claims The Federal Government has denied it is trying to silence environmental activists, as prominent voices in the environment and charities sectors speak out against a series of regulatory changes. Key points: Federal government is proposing changes to regulations dealing with charities Some environmental groups could face the loss of their tax-deductible charity status Charities…

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Science funding: Will 'picking winners' work?

Science funding: Will 'picking winners' work?

Image copyrightSTFC Image caption In the 1980s, a Conservative government planned to make Britain’s computer industry the best i the world by subsidising its researchAn ambitious Conservative minister has set out a strategy to turn the UK’s scientific expertise into new products and services that will generate jobs and wealth for the economy. That was in 1983. The minister was Kenneth Clarke, who launched the £350m Alvey programme. It was designed to propel Britain to the forefront of advanced computing. But the policy of government subsidies for the research and…

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Al-Fayed spotted on Di and Dodi yacht

Al-Fayed spotted on Di and Dodi yacht

MOHAMED Al-Fayed has been spotted sailing on the same luxury yacht that his son Dodi and Diana once holidayed on with him. Al-Fayed, 88, was seen looking relaxed on his luxury yacht known as Sakara while in St Tropez on the 20th anniversary of the death of Dodi and Diana. Photos of the former Harrods owner show him looking pensive on the 112ft-long boat that he invited the late Princess Diana on with her children. She holidayed with Mohamed, his son and former lover Dodi, and her sons William and…

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How Houston's layout may have led to mass flooding

How Houston's layout may have led to mass flooding

Experts say better urban design and stricter regulations might have made the deadly storm less destructive. “Houston is not designed to handle this kind of rainfall,” said Professor Sam Brody, an expert on urban and floodplain management at Texas A&M University. But longtime Houston residents say the flooding from Harvey is the worst they’ve ever seen. “The water didn’t come in as much … last time,” said Maralyn Rice, who has lived in the city for 37 years. “This one here, this is much worse. I told my daughter, ‘We’re…

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