Misc.

Cultureteca 21.05.17

Best-Preserved Nodosaur Goes on Display in Alberta This week the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada unveiled what has been described as the world’s best-preserved armoured dinosaur. A newfound species of nodosaur, with thorny armour to deter predators, it would have stretched 18-feet long and weighed almost 3,000 pounds during its lifetime between 110 million and 112 million years…

Cultureteca 06.03.16

Home Office Publishes Revised Investigatory Powers Bill On Tuesday the Home Office in the United Kingdom published a revised Investigatory Powers Bill, meant to address some of the criticisms and recommendations made by the Intelligence and Security Committee of parliament and by a Joint Select Committee which held sessions across December and January. Home Secretary Theresa May put the draft…

Cultureteca 28.02.16

Russian Ice Swimmers Play Chess in a Near-Freezing Urals Lake In Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg – the administrative centre of the Urals region which straddles Europe and Asia – Russian ice swimmers have taken to playing chess in just their underwear, as a means of physical and mental preparation ahead of their swim meets. The idea emerged…

Cultureteca 21.02.16

Kendrick Lamar Heads 58th Annual Grammy Awards Owing to Presidents Day and the long weekend, the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held on Monday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a change from the ceremony’s usual Sunday slot. Otherwise the Grammys remains firmly stuck in a mire of inert presentation, inane collaborative performances, and excessive and increasingly…

Cultureteca 14.02.16

First Phase of World’s Largest Solar Power Station Opens in Morocco Within the last week Noor 1, the first phase of the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, was switched on by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Located on the edge of the Sahara desert in the area of Souss-Massa-Drâa, being built in three phases and four parts, and expected to produce…

Cultureteca 07.02.16

Myanmar’s New Parliament Holds Opening Session Following the Myanmar general election which took place last November – the first open general election held in the country since an annulled vote of 1990 – on Monday the new parliament held its opening session. In the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of Myanmar’s bicameral legislature, 255 members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League…

Cultureteca 13.03.16

A new week for Cultureteca brings a drugs ban for Maria Sharapova, International Women’s Day 2017, minimal music courtesy of a La Monte Young reissue, news on the Myanmar presidency, the latest in Hyperloop technology, Game of Thrones, a solar eclipse, To Kill a Mockingbird, and more. * * * Maria Sharapova Has Tested Positive for the Prohibited Substance Meldonium…

Cultureteca 31.01.16

Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers to Meet at Super Bowl 50 Last Sunday, the NFL Conference Championships determined the two teams who will meet on 7 February at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California to compete Super Bowl 50. Led by their strong defence – which managed to sack Tom Brady on four occasions, intercepted two of his passes, including one in…

Cultureteca 24.01.16

Idris Elba Delivers Keynote Speech to UK Parliament on Diversity in the Media Amid the ongoing controversy over the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards – with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominating only white actors for the second year running – Idris Elba spoke before parliament in the United Kingdom on Monday on the theme of diversity. Asking…