Aaron Trappett

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Did The Language You Speak Evolve Because Of The Heat?

English bursts with consonants. We have words that string one after another, like angst, diphthong and catchphrase. But other languages keep more vowels and open sounds. And that variability might be because they evolved in different habitats.<p>Consonant-heavy syllables don't carry very well in …

Linguistics

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

30 Years in the Making, A Simple Gearbox is Posed to Change the Jet Engine

PurePower Geared Turbofan engines are quieter, more efficient, and took three decades to make their way to planes.<p>Jet engines can be much more efficient and much quieter than they are today. The trick to doing it is as simple as adding a gearbox, but the process of doing so has taken nearly 30 …

Pratt & Whitney

A former child slave speaks up: How to stop modern-day slavery

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Rani Hong was just seven years old she was taken from her family in India and sold into slavery. At an age when she should have been playing with dolls and making new friends at school, she was subjected to treatment that left her close to death.<p>"I was transported to another state, …

CNN

Understanding Obamacare at the Supreme Court

<b>Struggling to understand the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit ruled on by the Supreme Court? We break it down to the basics.</b><p>The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, and ever since has been the subject of legal and legislative battles.<p>Now, the Supreme Court has decided on King v …

Brides for sale: trafficked Vietnamese girls sold into marriage in China

A shortage of brides in China is putting young women in neighbouring countries at risk of being trafficked<p>When Kiab turned 16, her brother promised to take her to a party in a tourist town in northern Vietnam. Instead, he sold her to a Chinese family as a bride.<p>The ethnic Hmong teenager spent …

More dead as unrest continues in Bangladesh

At least four more deaths have been reported in Bangladesh as riots continue to surge following the execution of top opposition leader, Abdul Quader Molla.<p>Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to crack down on the violence on Sunday as opposition supporters torched houses and fought battles with …

Snow adds to Syrians' misery

THE WORLD<p>Snow adds to Syrians' misery<p>In a Lebanese valley, refugees' tents are filled with slush and heating fuel is scarce.<p>December 16, 2013|Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos<p>BEKAA, LEBANON — A makeshift bucket brigade hauled 14 pails of mud and slush from the tent that Um Mahmoud shares with a …

Middle East

Developing countries lose $1tn a year from 'illicit financial flows'

Watchdog cites poor governance and lax regulation for huge outflows, which have increased by almost 10% each year<p>Developing countries are losing more than $1tn (£614bn) a year in "illicit financial flows", stemming from crime and corruption, according to estimates. This fast-rising figure is …

Scientists Discover Surprisingly Bright Black Hole

Turns out black holes really aren't so black. A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light …

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There’s water in them thar planets – five massive “hot Jupiters” spied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

Universe

The Sad Disparity Between the Money the Philippines Needs, and What It Got

Polio adds one more heartbreak to a Syria wracked by war

Until the outbreak of Syria's civil war three years ago, it looked like polio had been eradicated there. The last reported case was in 1999.<p>But now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that ten Syrian children have been paralyzed by the virus. All of those affected are under the age …

France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest

There's a fight going on for the soul of France. Since 1906, Sunday has been deemed a collective day of rest in the country, and French law only allows stores to open on Sundays under very specific conditions — for example, if they're in a high tourist area. Sunday work is also tightly …

U.S. Spying Update: Europe Fumes And Protesters Rally In D.C.

Anger, distrust and possible punishments are the defining themes of Europe's reaction to news that a U.S. spy agency monitored the phone calls of millions of European citizens and some world leaders. The details are the latest to emerge from leaks attributed to former National Security Agency …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Minor Dies After Reportedly Being Gang Raped, Set On Fire In India

A minor girl died in India on Wednesday after reportedly being gang raped and set on fire.<p>The unnamed child was assaulted by three village youths in the Sirsa Kalaar district of the northern city of Orai on Tuesday, Oct. 22, according to the Indo-Asian News Service. The girl's assailants reportedly …

Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within

Re-election trouble is brewing for longtime Republican senators in deep-red states, from South Carolina to Wyoming. And the trouble is from within.<p>The GOP's restive Tea Party and libertarian wings, energized by their titular leader, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and funded in part by starve-government …

Syrian refugees face bleak time in Bulgaria's broken asylum system

Refugees escaping the violence in Syria face harsh conditions in Bulgaria, which is being overwhelmed by their numbers<p>In an abandoned schoolhouse outside the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, 380 migrants and asylum seekers are living in squalid conditions. They are part of a new wave of migrants and …

US Youth Unemployment: Six Million Young Americans Aren’t Doing School Or Work

A youth unemployment study finds that nearly 15 percent of Americans aged 16 to 24 are not working. The study’s figures include youth who aren’t in …

‘Bishop Of Bling’ Busted By Pope Francis

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, derided as the “Bishop of Bling,” was bounced by the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, Wednesday morning.<p>The Vatican …

White House defends legality of drone attacks

The United States has denied its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere infringed international law and said it did all it could to avoid civilian casualties.<p>The comments followed the publication of reports on the US drone war by two human rights groups, and came a day before Pakistani …

The Millennials' failure to launch: searching the jobs report for answers

Lazy and entitled, or product of their times? New reports and research shed light on the plight of unemployed young people<p>If this month’s jobs report is any indication, it appears as if millenials will continue to have trouble living up to President Obama’s description of them as the generation …

The Maryville Rape Case Will Be Reopened

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After a firestorm of national attention and pressure from local lawmakers, Missouri Prosecutor …

Breadth of modern slavery exposed by sobering new report

Nearly 30 million people are enslaved across the world, according to inaugural Global Slavery Index<p>Nearly 30 million people across the world are currently living in slavery, according to a report published Thursday. The inaugural Global Slavery Index, compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, estimates …

New Fifty Shades Freed Trailer Features A Wedding, A Pregnancy, And An Epic Chase

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>You can't unsee this<p>crystalbell<p>Movies<p>He …

Google launches Constitute, a tool for creating and comparing governments (video)

Countries frequently amend or draft constitutions, but they can't always find example constitutions to work from -- not every country publishes its founding documents in accessible formats. So, Google's simplifying nation building by launching Constitute, a website that puts all the world's …