Sam Rohoman

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This Chaotic New Cloud Could Be The Coolest Thing Since Cumulus

This raging airmass seems likely to become the first cloud formation the World Meteorological Organization will recognize in more than 60 years.<p><i>(GIF cut from video by Alex Schueth)</i><p>There is something new under the sun.<p>Gavin Pretor-Pinney hopes a wild, turbulent cloud he calls "<i>undulatus asperatus</i>" …

Check out the church in Britain that celebrates John Smith, Pocahontas and the expansion of the English language

Willoughby, Lincolnshire is a village a few miles inland from the North Sea.<p>It’s also the birthplace of adventurer John Smith. Smith was baptized in the village church, St Helena’s.<p>The church dates back to the 14th century. There have been several additions in the past few decades — gifts from …

India's new leader favors the Hindi language, which is a problem for the country's 50 million Urdu speakers

I spent several months in Lucknow, India, studying Urdu.<p>I knew that it would be a daunting task. But I had a leg up — it wasn’t going to be completely new. Several years ago, I’d studied Hindi, which the native tongue of about 25 percent of Indians. The country’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, …

A University of Kansas linguist is risking Russia's ire in helping Kazakhstan change its writing system

Kazakhstan has decided that its national language, Kazakh, needs a new writing system.<p>For decades, it has been using the Cyrillic script, a legacy of Soviet times. Now, though, Kazakhstan's long-term president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has been re-orienting his country away from Moscow, and toward the …

Parliamentary-style debates take off in China — even if some topics are off limits

The inaugural Shanghai International Debate Open kicks off with 100 fidgety students in a small auditorium. Volunteers wear black t-shirts with English lettering that say: “Go back and read more.”<p>Then the first topic — or motion — appears on a screen. It reads: “This house regrets the …

We love fairy tales — maybe we'd love them more if they were translated right

Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty... they are some of the best-known stories of our time. But how well do we really know these and other fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm? Probably not well at all, since we have generally read sanitized translations.<p>Take Snow White. Her stepmother — …

You are what you eat — and how you translate the menu

You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. And much of what we eat — and how we eat it — is influenced by what linguist Dan Jurafsky calls the "grammar" of food.<p>“The grammar of cuisine is the idea that every culture has a different way of thinking about what makes up a meal," says Jurafsky, whose …

How the Nuremberg Trials changed interpretation forever

Lynn Visson was a UN interpreter during the height of the Cold War. She can still rattle off grandiose Soviet titles like it was yesterday.<p>“General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party — you had that practically memorized,” Visson recalls.<p>After 23 years, she's still at it, …

The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

Mini pizza bagels? Now we're talking.<p>In 2010, a Minnesotan named Erwin Lingitz was arrested in a Supervalu grocery store after spending an excessive amount of time at the deli counter. In the words of a Supervalu spokesperson, Lingitz had violated “societal norms and common customer understanding …