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Europe’s Oldest Human-Made ‘Megastructure’ Discovered under Baltic Sea

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.Archaeologists have identified what may be Europe’s oldest human-made megastructure, submerged 21 meters below the Baltic Sea in the Bay of Mecklenburg, Germany. This structure – which has been named the Blinkerwall – is a continuous low wall made from over 1,500 granite stones that runs for almost a kilometer. The evidence suggests it was constructed by Palaeolithic people between 11,700 and 9,900…

Europe’s Digital Services Act applies in full from tomorrow — here’s what you need to know

The European Union’s rebooted e-commerce rules start to apply in full from tomorrow — setting new legal obligations on the likely thousands of platforms and digital businesses that fall in scope. The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a massive endeavour by the EU to set an online governance framework for platforms and use transparency obligations as a tool to squeeze illegal content and products off the regional internet. If something is illegal to say or sell in a particular Member State it should not be possible to…

Gig workers: Europe’s bid to boost gig workers’ rights fails again

Europe's attempt to give workers at Uber, Deliveroo and other online platforms more social and labour rights failed a second time after France and three other countries abstained from voting on the watered-down political deal.Belgium, the current holder of the rotating EU presidency, is unlikely to muster enough support for yet another attempt, especially as the European Parliament which has to endorse a final deal, gradually winds down ahead of elections in June.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill…

First Phase of Europe’s Huge New Atom Smasher Could Be 20 Years Away : ScienceAlert

One of my favourite science and engineering facts is that an underground river was frozen to enable the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to be built!On its completion, it helped to complete the proverbial jigsaw of the Standard Model with is last piece, the Higgs Boson. But that's about as far as it has got with no other exciting leaps forward in uniting gravity and quantum physics.Plans are now afoot to build a new collider that will be three times longer than the LHC and it will be capable of smashing particles together…

Google launches €25M AI drive to ‘empower’ Europe’s workforce

Google has launched a €25mn training and skills programme to help Europe’s workforce “seize the opportunity of AI,” the tech giant announced today.  The initiative is targeted at “vulnerable and underserved” communities, who Google said risk getting left behind as the use of AI in the workplace skyrockets — a trend that is expected to continue. Google said it had opened applications for social enterprises and nonprofits that could help reach those most likely to benefit from training. …

Ax-3 Astronauts Splashdown, Completing Europe’s Historic Commercial Astronaut Mission to ISS

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying the Ax-3 crew splashed down off the coast of Daytona, FL on February 9. Credit: Axiom SpaceAx-3’s splashdown off the Florida coast concludes the first all-European commercial space mission, showcasing international collaboration and advancements in space exploration, with Axiom Space at the forefront of developing the world’s first commercial space station.After undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, February 7, the Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) crew safely splashed…

BYD’s EV lease deal with Arval will help electrify Europe’s roads

A mere two years removed from its initial entry into new markets of Europe, Build Your Dreams (BYD) is looking to expedite its expansion with the help of Arval – a major vehicle leasing company overseas. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become leasing partners and ensure more BYD passenger and light commercial EVs are available to drivers. Here we are, talking about BYD yet again. The Chinese EV automaker is quickly becoming a globally recognized name, recently garnering…

French fintech Pennylane becomes Europe’s latest unicorn

French accounting startup Pennylane has just become Europe’s latest unicorn after securing €40mn — its sixth major fundraise since the company was founded just three years ago.  “We weren’t even looking for fundraising, but we welcome any opportunity to grow even faster,” Pennylane’s CEO and co-founder, Arthur Waller, boldly stated. The fresh funds have doubled the company’s valuation to €1bn, making it the first French unicorn of 2024.  Pennylane — which has no relation to the famous Beatles…

Europe’s New AI Rules Could Go Global–Here’s What That Will Mean

As artificial intelligence applications become more advanced, lawmakers worldwide are grappling with the possibility of unintended consequences: not just potential existential danger to humanity but also the more immediate risks of job losses, discrimination and copyright infringement.The European Union, representing 450 million citizens across Europe, is a frontrunner in this regulatory race. Last Friday member nations signed on to the AI Act, which had been agreed upon last December by the European Council—a group of…

Unearthing Europe’s First Homo sapiens 45,000 Years Later

Stone tools from the LRJ at Ranis. 1) partial bifacial blade point characteristic of the LRJ; 2) at Ranis the LRJ also contains finely made bifacial leaf points. Credit: Josephine Schubert, Museum Burg RanisThe arrival of Homo sapiens in cold northern latitudes took place several thousand years before Neanderthals disappeared in southwest Europe.The three published studies describe the Homo sapiens fossils from Ilsenhöhle at Ranis and their associated context (Mylopotamitaki et al.), the diet and lifeways of these first…