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Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Trump Administration

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Honeybees are amazing and adorable, and they suffer when people spray pesticides or mow down wildflowers. We've heard plenty in recent years about collapsing bee colonies.<p>So Jonas Geldmann, at the University of Cambridge, says he understands how the honeybee became a symbol of environmental …

Honey Bees

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Quantum Physics

Why Minimum Wage Laws Actually Hurt the Poor

Opinion<p>As a Matter of Fact, Minimum Wage Laws Hurt the Poor<p>Posted: Jan 10, 2018 11:44 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not</i> …

How Bitcoin and Amazon Are Ravaging the Middle Class

As 2017 drew to an end, it was perhaps fitting that Congress chose to close out the year with the passage of a tax bill that does more to …

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Mass Shootings

New Mini-Antennae Could Pave the Way for Brain-Computer Interfaces

Tiny Antennae<p>If the prospect of implanting a phone into your hand sounds exciting to you, the latest development from Northeastern University in …

No, poor people don't eat the most fast food

Eating fast food is frequently blamed for damaging our health.<p>As nutrition experts point out, it is not the healthiest type of meal since it is typically high in fat and salt. More widely, it's seen as a key factor in the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. and throughout the world.<p>Because it's …

Household income plays crucial role in determining a child's prospects – report

LSE review of 61 childhood studies sheds new light on the role of money on cognitive and educational outcomes, social development and physical health<p>The importance of money in determining a child’s life prospects is highlighted in a major new study published today – with household income found to …

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of …

China

Mobile App Gives Felons a Fresh Start

“All these companies have you run a background check," said Castañeda. "Well, I’ve changed. I’ve reformed from my old life and I can be a productive …

A Leftist and a Conservative Join Forces to Defend Free Speech

Two of the most prominent public intellectuals in America, Cornel West and Robert P. George, have joined forces in defense of old liberal truths.<p>The sleeping giant of classical liberalism is awaking with a start, as if beset on all sides. Its most powerful foe is presently the illiberal right, due …

Same-sex Marriage

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables our intelligence, scientists say

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables us to not just recognize a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but the intelligence to ponder the broader …

Researchers Find Evidence of Original 1620 Plymouth Settlement

Three hundred and ninety-five years after Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, researchers from UMass Boston’s …

A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English

English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee.<p>Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're using a word "correctly."<p>It's all a matter of taste and context. But there are opinions. And some count more than others.<p>Steven Pinker is probably as good an expert to …

Photos: The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant opens in the Moroccan desert

Morocco, a country used to importing almost all its energy, is building the biggest concentrated solar power station in the world. The first phase just opened.<p>Masen<p>Once it’s fully operational—around 2018, the builders hope—the plant will produce enough energy for more than 1 million Moroccan homes, …

For the first time ever, older albums outsold new ones last year

Ambitious garage bands are hereby advised to stop practicing, and all up-and-coming songwriters might as well enroll at DeVry right now. Conversely, …

The Creator of JavaScript Is Out to Upend the Ad Industry

Brendan Eich reinvented the web. Now he wants to upend the advertising industry.<p>Eich created JavaScript, the world's most widely used programming …

TrumpScript Is Donald Trump in a Programming Language

A group of computer science students wants to make Python great again.<p>TrumpScript, tagline "making Python great again," is Donald Trump in a programming language. The creation of four computer science students at Rice University—who put it together in a 36 hour hackathon—it's surely a novelty …

Taiwan elects its first female president; China warns of 'grave challenges'

<b>Taipei (CNN) —</b> Taiwan has elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing.<p>Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won the presidency with 56.1% of the vote, the official Central News Agency said, after eight …

Vegetarian Fast Food: Not an Oxymoron

Superiority Burger’s Brooks Headley on the joys of opening a vegetarian fast-food joint—and the one dish that’s kept him sane. (Hint: It’s not the burger.)<p><i>In this edition of Back of the House, Superiority Burger’s Brooks Headley on the joys of opening a vegetarian fast-food joint—and the one dish</i> …

Food

Diversity Policies Rarely Make Companies Fairer, and They Feel Threatening to White Men

U.S. companies spend millions annually on diversity programs and policies. Mission statements and recruitment materials touting companies’ commitment to diversity are ubiquitous. And many managers are tasked with the complex goal of “managing diversity” – which can mean anything from ensuring equal …

For Internet To Go, Check The Library

In Spring Hill, Tenn., people often lurk outside the library on their laptops — before it opens and after it closes.<p>Librarian Jennifer Urban says it's not that they're just mooching the free Wi-Fi. The cost may be one aspect, but this town of about 30,000 people is also growing fast, she says, so …

New York Is Finally Replacing Its Phone Booths With Wi-Fi Hotspots

New York is finally getting its public-access Wi-Fi hubs, courtesy of some pretty outdated infrastructure. More than 7,500 phone booths across the …