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Role-playing game for international personnel deployed in conflict zones provides soft skills training

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Republication from phys.org/

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Image Credit: Panchenko Vladimir, Shutterstock

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Effective cooperation may be crucial for peacekeepers working in EU missions, but it isn’t always easy. The diverse cultures and genders of police, military and civilian personnel and the different organisations they come from often make effective communication and coordination a challenge. However, current training doesn’t devote enough resources to teaching critical soft skills.

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Sanctuary of Nereidai in Xanthos, Lycia: Architecture

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A modern representation of the Hellenistic Sanctuary of Nereidai in Xanthos, Lycia, Asia Minor.
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Walking Hadrian’s Wall

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Republication from Following hadrian

Image credit: Carole Raddato

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By Carole Raddato

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Hadrian’s Wall has long attracted hikers and history fans and is now the heart of an 84-mile-long (135 km) National Trail through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. Hadrian’s Wall stretches coast to coast across northern England, from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.

Three years ago, I set out to explore Hadrian’s Wall, following in Hadrian’s footsteps and of the Roman soldiers who once patrolled the empire’s frontier. Hadrian’s Wall consists not only of the visible remains of the Wall itself, but also of its associated forts, milecastles, turrets and earthworks. The sites of several Roman forts lie along the route including Segedunum at Wallsend, Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Birdoswald. Naturally, I visited all of them and I will certainly report on them in the future.

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Scientists solve the mystery of Terracotta Army weapons

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Republication from  sciencedaily.com

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Source: University College London

The chrome plating on the Terracotta Army bronze weapons — once thought to be the earliest form of anti-rust technology — derives from a decorative varnish rather than a preservation technique, finds a new study co-led by UCL and Terracotta Army Museum researchers.

The study, published today in Scientific Reports, reveals that the chemical composition and characteristics of the surrounding soil, rather than chromium, may be responsible for the weapons’ famous preservation power.

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Shaiginskoye: urban/topographical plan of a Jurchen city

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P.  Deligiannis

A rare and interesting urban and topographical plan of Shaiginskoye, a Jurchen settlement of the Middle Ages centuries in Primorye Territory of the modern Russian Federation. Shaiginskoye is a unique monument of the Jurchen people who inhabited the Primorye Territory in the Middle Ages before the coming of the Russians. It was a large town with many ramparts, residential buildings and factories.

The Jurchen were a tribal confederation of  Tungus and affiliated peoples. They were the founders of the Jin dynasty (1115–1234) in Manchuria and China proper, and the ancestors of the even more powerful Manchu people who conquered the entire Chinese area (around 1644) establishing the Qing dynasty who ruled China until 1912.

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Ιταλικός χάρτης της Ελλάδας του 17ου αι

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Ενας σημαντικός αναγεννησιακός χάρτης της Ελλάδας του 17ου αι, από Ιταλό χαρτογράφο όπως φαίνεται. Οι ιταλικές ναυτικές πόλεις-κράτη της εποχής (Βενετία, Γενουα, Πίσα κ.α.) και λιγότερο τα άλλα ιταλικά κράτη (πχ το Βασίλειο των Δύο Σικελιών
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