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Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy

FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Tintin will mark his 90th birthday this year with a return to controversy as his Belgian creator’s heirs release a new edition of “Tintin in the Congo”, a work from 1930 that draws accusations of racism. The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a…

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Racism and stereotypes in colonial India’s ‘Instagram’

Image copyright Stephen Putnam Hughes and Emily Rose Stevenson Image caption Picture postcards pieced together stories about life in British Indian cities In the early 20th Century, picture postcards served as a kind of Instagram, giving Europeans a glimpse of the life their family and friends led in British colonial India. A recent exhibition at London’s SOAS university showcased more than 1,000 such postcards that were sent from India to Europe between 1900 and the 1930s. “We don’t want the postcards to be a vehicle of colonial nostalgia. It is…

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Science 

Ecuador’s colonial past ‘written in soil’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ecuador’s “cloud forest” grows in a narrow corridor on the slopes of the Andes The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country’s population and environment. This is according to new findings from The Open University. Researchers studying soil cores from the Quijos valley found that they revealed a detailed story of the area’s history after Spanish settlers arrived in the 1500s. The subsequent decimation of the region’s indigenous population is told by surprising historians – plants. Image copyright…

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Technology 

Aliens killed by spelling mistake in 2013 Colonial Marines game

Image copyright SEGA An infamously dreadful 2013 Aliens video game is now believed to have fallen victim to the most chilling of threats in the universe: a typo. Aliens: Colonial Marines was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to terrible reviews. Many of them mentioned how badly the artificial intelligence (AI) behaved. But it has now emerged that a single stray “a” in the game’s code may have been to blame. Videos on YouTube show the game’s AI characters – the aliens and human teammates the player doesn’t…

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Sports 

Golf: Rose triumphs at Colonial for ninth PGA Tour win

(Reuters) – Justin Rose used a blistering start to cruise to his second win of the PGA Tour season with a three-shot victory at the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas on Sunday. The Englishman, who began the day with a four-stroke lead, fired six front-nine birdies en route to a six-under-par 64 at Colonial Country Club that left him one shot off the tournament record score of 21-under 259 set by Zach Johnson in 2010. With the victory, Rose tied Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an…

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Fort Worth Invitational: Justin Rose wins at Colonial to take ninth PGA title

Rose carded eight birdies on his way to a six-under-par final round Fort Worth Invitational final leaderboard -20 J Rose (Eng); -17 B Koepka (US); -16 E Grillo (Arg); -14 K Na (US) Full leaderboard England’s Justin Rose claimed his ninth PGA Tour title with a three-shot win at the Fort Worth Invitational. The world number five carded a six-under-par closing round of 64 to progress with a 20 under total – three clear of nearest challenger Brooks Koepka, of the USA. It was Olympic champion Rose’s fourth global success…

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