Historic sites that have been victims of war The seizure of Palmyra by Islamic State militants has fueled international concern about the future of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient oasis city suffered damage in 2012 during clashes between combatants engaged in the Syrian Civil War, and is now on the frontline of the battle against ISIS. Read on for more historic sites that have been victims of war.
Earliest known 'music scene' in Israeli archaeological history found Archaeologists believe they have unearthed the oldest known music scene in Israeli history. The image is of a rite in a “sacred marriage” ceremony for a Mesopotamian king and a goddess. Depicted on a 5,000-year-old cylinder seal impression, the image dates back to the Early Bronze age and illustrates a wedding banquet with music and dancing, the meeting between the king and the goddess, as well as their sexual union.
Taxing organic products could solve California water problem, experts say Environmental experts Terry L. Anderson, and Henry I. Miller, both fellows at Stanford University are touting a solution to California's ongoing water problems. In their proposal “How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage,” published last week on National Review Online, Anderson and Miller state the need for a revenue–neutral tax on all organic products (which would diminish their demand), while outlining how organic agriculture is less efficient and more wasteful than conventional and genetically engineered agriculture.
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