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Wherever humans live or have lived, you will find art. It looms up on remote Pacific islands and on rocks in the Sahara. For students of human evolution it is what marks the coming of the “modern human mind”: the superb cave art of the last ice age reveals the arrival of homo sapiens – and our modern brains – in Europe.
But is seeing art as unmistakably human a complacent bit of self-regard?
By Carol McNaughton Nicholls, NatCen Social Research
Sexual abuse of children has been in the news in recent months; the coverage of a devastating report on the abuse of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham over a number of years, in the face of official ignorance and disbelief, is only the most recent example.
On one hand, this is coverage obviously to be welcomed.
A sign placed along the sidewalk reads ‘Common Sense Against Earthquakes’ as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez The agency that regulates oil and gas activity in Texas is considering new, tougher regulations governing the practice of injecting leftover water used to frack natural gas wells deep into the ground — a process which is believed to be responsible for an increase in human-caused earthquakes across the state.
The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6 percent this year even though it contracted by an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.
The economy went into reverse at the beginning of this year, reeling from an unusually harsh winter that disrupted consumer spending, factory production and other business activity.
Growth in the gross domestic product, the economy's total output of goods and services, recovered in the second quarter, advancing at an annual rate of 4 percent, according to the government's first estimate.
Republicans forced him to the negotiating table in 2011 and extracted more than $2 trillion in spending cuts over the following decade, though little of that savings came from big benefit programs such as Medicare.
A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.