Christopher Velasquez

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Southern California's deadliest quake may have been caused by oil drilling, study says

On a March evening in 1933, the Newport-Inglewood fault ruptured violently along the Huntington Beach coast. The quake brought down scores of buildings from Santa Ana to Compton, with Long Beach hit particularly hard.<p>The Long Beach quake, the deadliest in Southern California history, focused …

Yahoo fait désormais partie d’Oath

Avant de continuer...<p>Yahoo est maintenant dans la Famille Oath. En raison de la réglementation européenne sur les données, nous (Oath), nos …

Minerals Discovered in a Siberian Mine Aren't Like Anything We've Seen in Nature

They shouldn't exist.<p>Researchers have discovered strange minerals inside a Siberian mine that are unlike anything previously found in nature.<p>What's …

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls Trump a 'faker,' he says she should resign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's well-known candor was on display in her chambers late Monday, when she declined to retreat from her earlier criticism of Donald Trump and even elaborated on it.<p>"He is a faker," she said of the presumptive Republican presidential …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

South Africa voted against Internet freedom: this is why

<b>South Africa recently voted</b> with countries like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to weaken a United Nations resolution that aims to protect …

What Europe is really listening to

From the French Madonna to the king of German ‘raop’, these are the continent’s true pop superstars

The Evolution of Diet

Top row: escargots, sardines, and fava beans (Crete); naan in salty yak-milk tea (Afghanistan); fried geranium leaves (Crete); boiled crab (Malaysia); raw beetroot and oranges (Crete); chapati, yak butter, and rock salt (Pakistan). Middle row: dried-apricot soup (Pakistan); boiled plantains …

House of Representatives prevails in Obamacare suit, but will decision withstand appeal on standing? [Updated]

Today, a federal district court in Washington ruled in favor of the House of Representatives — and against the Obama administration — in <i>House v. Burwell</i>, concluding that funds to pay cost-sharing subsidies to health insurers under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act had never been appropriated …

The quiet battle to save multilingualism in Europe

It is now well known that growing up with two or more languages brings a wealth of cognitive advantages. Multilingualism is not only a laudable …

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …

Medical Research

These 7 short animated films illustrate the beauty of Mexican indigenous languages

MEXICO IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S most linguistically diverse nations: the country has 364 indigenous dialects that belong to 68 distinct languages, all …

How To Visually Identify Any Language At A Glance

You don't have to understand every language in the world to be able to identify the language in which words are written, you just have to know a …

Beavers Returning to Sweden's Capital Can Be a Dam Nuisance

STOCKHOLM, Sweden<p>Extinct in Stockholm less than a century ago, the rebounding rodent is damaging the city's trees—and at the same time charming locals.<p>Stockholm may be best known as the home of ABBA and Alfred Nobel, but a newcomer is also leaving its mark on the city.<p>Walking along the Swedish …

Smoking Too Much Cannabis Causes Dopamine Deficits In The Brain

The Brain Photo credit: Smoking too much weed could lead to cognitive impairment. Pe3k/ShutterstockThere’s no doubt that getting high can make you do …

Cognitive Impairment

Bill Nye Challenges Climate Change Denier With $20,000 Bet

He's making a habit of staking his claim for science.<p>“The Science Guy” Bill Nye just schooled another prominent climate change denier and staked his fact-based claims in the best possible way.<p>Meteorologist Joe Bastardi wrote in a scathing opinion piece late last year that the educator, who …

Do Animals Have Culture?

Last week, I watched in awe as a river of crows made their way across the evening sky toward their roosts south of my house.<p>Listening to the cacophony of their cries, I found myself with a simple question — is what I'm seeing just instinct or do these crows have their own culture? In fact, do any …

Spanish language in the Americas. Countries marked with dark green have more than 50% Spanish speakers.

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

So You Want to Learn an Endangered Language...

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to go out and learn one of those endangered languages you're always hearing about, you might want to …

Language Learning

Loanwords: What percentage of words in English are borrowed from other languages?

I think the question was about borrowing from languages and not other language families. The following chart and section concisely shows the …

eurosong: “ Good afternoon, folks! Today’s statistical map looks at something that is a passionate cause of mine, and something to which I dedicate a fair bit of analysis every year. It is language...

eurosong:<p>Good afternoon, folks! Today’s statistical map looks at something that is a passionate cause of mine, and something to which I dedicate a …

The Price of Loving Someone Borderline or Narcissistic

In my clinical experience, I have found that having a relationship with someone who has severe narcissistic or borderline personality disorder often …

11 Great Signs That You’re Really Listening

Listening is a very essential characteristic people need to have. This is because with listening, you learn more, thus understanding more, and …

Self-help

Couch potatoes may have smaller brains later in life

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the February 10, 2016, …

Boston University

10 Weird Beings From Slavic Mythology And Folklore

Greek and Roman mythologies are so common in Western culture that most people have never heard of the polytheistic pantheon of other cultures. One of …

Why There’s No ‘Right’ Way To Speak English

The English language is the ultimate code-switcher, gaining multiple personalities when it travels.<p>A sign in Singapore with the four official …

Language

This web show explores the complicated world of gender pronouns

Wifey TV’s new language-themed web show, <i>The Dirty Word</i>, is back with their second episode and it’s all about gender-based pronouns. While their first …

How Human Sacrifice Propped Up the Social Order

James Frazer’s classic anthropological study <i>The Golden Bough</i> contains a harrowing chapter on human sacrifice in rituals of crop fertility and harvest …

Multilingualism: speaking with one voice

If you only speak one language, and you happen to live in a multilingual country like Canada or Switzerland, Graham Fraser is the guy to have on your …

Language Learning

Children with English as second language do better than those on free school meals, study finds

The poorest children in England are performing worse at reading, writing and arithmetic than their classmates who do not speak English as their first language, it can be revealed.<p>Campaigners are calling for urgent action to tackle poor performance after new research showed the gap between children …

Mathematics