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3Novices:The penny drops: ancient theatre’s legendary acoustics are just another Greek myth

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed.
Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin or a coin drop, or a match being struck, at any seat in the house. Even the British archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler raved about the…
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3Novices:White House announces plans for Donald Trump’s visit to China with North Korean nuclear programme set to top the agenda

US President Donald Trump will visit China between November 8 and 10 as part of his Asia tour, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The trips to China and Japan will be the longest legs of the tour, which will take in five Asian nations in total.
A statement from the White House said Trump would meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after his arrival in Beijing on November 8.
He will then travel to Danang, Vietnam on November 10, where he will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic…
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3Novices:Domestic helper arrested after Hong Kong mother accuses her of slapping five-year-old son in face

A Hong Kong domestic worker was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of slapping a five-year-old boy at their home in Kowloon City.
The boy’s mother, 36 years old and surnamed Fan, arrived at the family home on Tak Ku Ling Road shortly after 10pm to discover a 6cm mark on her son’s swollen face.
“The mother found the circumstances very suspicious, so she went through video from a surveillance camera installed in their home,” a police spokeswoman said.
“She claimed…
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3Novices:World’s biggest refugee camps ranked: Bangladesh prepares to host 800,000 Rohingya as crisis deepens

Bangladesh has announced plans to build a refugee camp that could accommodate around 800,000 Rohingya Muslims pouring over the border from Myanmar.
The camp would be the largest in the world and has raised concerns about the risks of concentrating vulnerable people, such as the spread of disease.
Around 550,000 Rohingya have fled communal bloodshed in Myanmar since the latest violence began in August 25.
While some have joined the roughly 33,000 fellow Rohingya living in the official camps of…
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3Novices:‘Everyone needs to be afraid’: alarm as ‘Krack’ Wi-fi encryption flaw exposes millions to hackers

A newly discovered flaw in the widely used Wi-fi encryption protocol could leave millions of users vulnerable to attacks, prompting warnings Monday from the US government and security researchers worldwide.
The US government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a security bulletin saying the flaw can open the door to hackers seeking to eavesdrop on or hijack devices using wireless networks.
“Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control of…
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3Novices:Lawyers who criticised jailing of young activists ‘misunderstand’ case and Hong Kong judicial system, Carrie Lam says

Hong Kong’s leader on Tuesday said a group of senior foreign lawyers who criticised the jailing of three young political activists in the city “had misunderstood the case” and the judicial system.
The comments from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor came a day after Hong Kong’s justice department issued its own rebuke of the 12 lawyers, who on Monday released a joint letter expressing concern over the imprisonment.
Former student leaders Joshua Wong Chi-fung,…
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3Novices:What does ‘property long-term mechanism’ mean and how will it affect the Chinese market?

The phrase “property long-term mechanism”, until now used only by policy wonks, has become a buzzword in China, especially among the state media and experts close to the government.
The phrase gained further prominence after Ning Jizhe, director of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, said last week that Beijing was drafting this mechanism “at a ferocious pace” and that its details would be announced at “an appropriate time”. Many observers took this…
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