A Roman mosaic and villa was discovered beneath a farmer's field in the UK.
The mosaic depicts scenes from Homer's "The Iliad" and lies within an elaborate villa complex.
The rare mosaic was found by the family that owns the land during lockdown last year.
The first Roman mosaic of its kind in the UK has been discovered.
The initial discovery of the rare mosaic was made during the 2020 lockdown by Jim Irvine, son of the landowner, Brian Naylor.
The mosaic depicts scenes from Homer's "The Iliad," and part of the story of the Greek hero Achilles. Along with the mosaic, lies a surrounding villa complex.
John Thomas, deputy director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services and project manager on the excavations, called it "the most exciting Roman mosaic discovery in the UK in the last century," according to The Guardian.
Both have been protected as a scheduled monument, and during the 2020 lockdown, Historic England was able to secure funding for urgent archaeological investigations of the site.
Staff and students from the University of Leicester's School of Archaeology and Ancient History further examined the site in September 2021.
Mosaics were often used in private and public buildings across the Roman Empire. Some feature famous figures from history and mythology. This mosaic is particularly unique to the UK because in it features Achilles and his battle with Hector at the conclusion of the Trojan War, making it one of only a handful of examples from across Europe.
The villa that was discovered is also surrounded by a range of other buildings and features, including aisled barns, circular structures and a possible bath house.
The complex is likely to have been occupied by a wealthy individual, from the late Roman period, with a knowledge of classical literature.
The site is on private land and not accessible to the public.
The pilot project was conducted in September to find out whether pigs might be able to help ward off birds from aircrafts. Birds are a danger for airports and planes because they can cause damage if they get sucked into plane engines. They can also damage to the plane exterior, cause crashes, and harm passengers.
How it works: the pigs would be able to come and eat the crop leftovers, which attract birds, removing a source of food.
The pigs grazed on a plot of land between two runways where sugar beets were recently harvested. Bird activity in the area with the pigs was compared to a plot without pigs.
Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and one of the biggest transport hubs in Europe. It's the third busiest airport in Europe, following London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Koster said that the project was "informative," and that the data collected will be examined in the coming months, and a decision on the longer-term use of pigs is expected early next year.
In 2020, the airport saw around 150 bird strikes, Koster told CNN. Birds tend to cause serious danger to aircrafts when the animals are sucked into the engines.
Schiphol is also taking structural measures to keep birds away from aircrafts. For instance, 20 bird controllers were set up to keep track of bird activity at the airport.
The controllers work throughout the airfield to keep the birds away at all hours of the night and day by using special sounds and laser beams. Other measures are also in place, like using special types of grass that's unappealing for birds.
Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the business of influencers, creators, and social-media platforms.
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Instagram creator Amy Lefévre, who modeled for Chanel and Dior, is releasing a fashion line with INSPR.
JP Mangalindan wrote that Lefévre's knitwear collection, due out in October, was the product of a seven-month collaboration.
Founded in 2018 by Chantel Waterbury, INSPR has developed and released seven limited-edition capsule collections to date with creators. Lefévre's upcoming line is one of 11 influencer collaborations in the works at INSPR.
Hover is a startup hoping to help solve Twitch's discoverability problem.
Michael Espinosa wrote that on the platform, users can scroll through gaming clips, with the option to like, comment, and share, and it allows users to quickly follow streamers on Twitch and tune into Twitch streams without leaving the app.
So far, the platform's userbase is small, with only about 27,000 mobile app downloads, but it boasts high engagement.
Katherine "Katliente" Pan, a streamer who judged one of the "Next Top Streamer" broadcasts, told Insider that Hover had been an effective place to network with other creators and find partners to collaborate on content with.
The latest viral hashtag is centered around a popular series of videos from TikTok creator Jonathan Graziano and his pug, Noodle. "No-bones days" are named after Noodle flopping back into bed in the mornings. These videos have been taken as predictions about how the day will go.
And before you go, check out the top trending songs on TikTok this week to add to your playlist. The data was collected by UTA IQ, the research, analytics, and digital strategy division of United Talent Agency.
There's a growing class of breakout stars who are gaining popularity online by sharing personal-finance advice.
On YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, these influencers give tips on how to save money and invest.
To highlight the women making an impact in the space, Insider is launching a new power list of the top women personal-finance influencers.
We want to know: What are the must-follow personal-finance accounts run by women?
We will feature women creators on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. The list will be determined by Insider based on our reporting and the nominations that we receive, and we'll take into consideration factors like audience size, advice, and impact on the influencer business as a whole.
How much influencers make selling direct-to-consumer products and merch
Social-media stars are increasingly leveraging their presence online to create consumer products to sell directly to their followers.
Influencer-lead DTC brands first began popping up earnest in 2012, with companies like the fitness program, "EmFitChallenge"; the phone case company, Wildflower Cases; and the cold-press juice line, Suja.
How much influencers make promoting songs, especially on TikTok
One of the most popular ways to earn money as a TikToker is by promoting songs in videos. Music marketers and record labels regularly pay TikTok users to post on the app in an attempt to make a new track go viral.
Read more about how TikTok creators make money from song promotions:
Many YouTube creators earn money off the ads that play in their videos and receive a monthly payout.
Creators who are part of the Partner Program can monetize their videos with Google-placed ads. Creators must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past year to apply for the Partner Program. Google then pays creators 55% of the revenue their channels earn from the ads that run on them.
Here's a breakdown of how much money YouTubers make in a month from the Partner Program:
YouTube's central creator monetization metric is called revenue per mille (RPM). That rate shows how much revenue a creator earns per every 1,000 video views (after YouTube's 45% cut). No creator consistently makes the same rate, which depends on factors like the viewers and advertisers the video attracts.
Here's a breakdown of how much money some YouTubers have made for 1,000 views (RPM), for 100,000 views, 1 million views, and the most they've made from a single video:
To earn money directly from TikTok, users must be 18 years or older, meet a baseline of 10,000 followers, and have accrued at least 100,000 video views in the last 30 days. Once they reach that threshold, they can apply for TikTok's Creator Fund through the app.
Read more about how much TikTok creators make from the Creator Fund:
Social-media creators who are part of the YouTube Partner Program can earn money off their videos with Google-placed ads.
To start earning money directly from YouTube, creators must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past year. Once they reach that threshold, they can apply for YouTube's Partner Program, which allows creators to start monetizing their channels through ads, subscriptions, and channel memberships.
Creators on YouTube can earn their money a number of ways, from sponsorships to selling merchandise.
But revenue from Google ads is a big chunk of many YouTube stars' incomes.
For instance, finance YouTuber Nate O'Brien made $444,000 in revenue from YouTube ads in a year with about 1 million subscribers. Those Google-placed ads were his top source of income.
But YouTube creators can make money with far fewer followers. Nano influencer Jen Lauren, who had 1,900 YouTube subscribers when she spoke with Insider, earned $195 in a recent month.
When it comes to a viral video, how much money a YouTube creator makes can vary wildly. We spoke with YouTubers who broke down how much they'd made on videos with 1 million views, and their answers ranged from about $3,400 to $40,000, depending on the type of content and viewer demographics.
Navigating the gaming industry can be particularly challenging for women.
The male-dominated space has faced a slew of problems, from a lack of diversity and inclusion to continued sexism and harassment.
Just last month, California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard claiming the company fostered a culture of sexual harassment. As a result, employees staged a walkout at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles and J. Allen Brack stepped down from his role of CEO at Blizzard.
To highlight the women making an impact in the space, Insider is launching a power list of the leading women in the esports and gaming industries. In this list, we will feature women creators and execs who are driving change and helping build successful businesses.
"I think it's super important if you want to take this seriously," Macy Mariano said of media kits. "I send them now to everyone I get in touch with. It's just a good way to express who you are and what you've done so they can see your past and current work."
Venmo has added new privacy options after reporters found President Joe Biden's account in "less than 10 minutes" of searching.
Venmo, an app for digitally transferring money to and from people you know, added in-app privacy controls which let users set their friends list to be public, visible to friends, or private.
This change comes after the President's Venmo account was discovered after just a few minutes of searching, Buzzfeed News reported on May 14.
Venmo accounts by default display connections, or "friends." Accounts for Biden's children and grandchildren were among those connected to the president's account, according to Buzzfeed.
The search for Biden's account began after The New York Times on Friday published an inside look at Biden's time in the White House. The story said: "One advisor said he had sent the grandchildren money using Venmo."
A Venmo spokesperson told Insider the company is "consistently evolving and strengthening the Venmo platform for all of our customers."
" As part of these ongoing efforts, we have added in-app controls providing customers an option to select a public, friends-only, or private setting for their friends list. We look forward to continuing to provide customers with a seamless payments experience," the spokesperson said.
Software developer Jane Manchun Wong was first to share the news on Friday: "Venmo is working on friends list privacy settings after Joe Biden's Venmo friend list was uncovered. Users will also be able to choose whether to appear in other users' friends lists."
"As of now, Venmo's Friends List Privacy is on "Public" by default The screenshot shows "Private" was picked because I tapped the option as soon as I saw it," Wong added.
To set your friends list to be private, tap the three stacked lines on the upper right of the main feed, then tap "Settings," "Privacy," and then "Friends List." From here, you can make your friends list visible to any logged in Venmo user, your friends, or only you. You can also choose if you want to appear in other users' friends lists.
Twitter is pausing public verification requests for the coveted blue check.
This comes eight days after the company announced it was reopening its verification process for the first time since 2017.
Twitter announced on Friday that the public process has been paused to review the requests that have been submitted.
The company announced the update in a Tweet on May 28: "We're rolling in verification requests. So we gotta hit pause on accepting any more for now while we review the ones that have been submitted. We'll reopen requests soon! (we pinky swear)."
Twitter said users who are approved will immediately receive a blue check mark, while those who are rejected can apply again after a 30-day waiting period.
The public application system was paused in 2017, with high profile figures still able to receive verification on the app. This came after the company gave one of the "verified" badges to the organizer of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally.