Maddi Nicholls

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Why English, Not Mandarin, Is the Language of Innovation

Last October, Mark Zuckerberg shocked the world when he addressed a group of students at Tsinghua University in Beijing completely in Mandarin. Media praised or lampooned his elementary grasp; some even called it mind-blowing.<p>The story reignited a decades-old debate: Will Mandarin overtake English …

Language Learning

25 Words For Other Words

One of the intriguing things about languages is that they eventually develop vocabularies comprehensive enough to describe themselves, often down to …

Libya crisis: Parliament votes for foreign intervention

<b>Libya's parliament has called for foreign intervention to protect civilians from deadly clashes between rival militia groups.</b><p>MPs were meeting in Tobruk in the east because of violence in the capital Tripoli and the second city Benghazi, and 111 out of 124 voted for the call.<p>Neither the UN nor any …

From Y'all To Youse: 8 English Ways to Make "You" Plural

<i>Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Lots of languages have distinct plural forms for "you." When talking to more than one person, the French use <i>vous</i>; the Italians, <i>voi</i>; …

Literature

Arrest over Chinese market bombings

CHINESE police have arrested one suspect in the Xinjiang bombing and believe four accomplices were killed in the Urumqi blasts that tore through a …

Extremism

Dozens reported dead in China blast

Two off-road vehicles drove into a crowd in the regional capital Urumqi, with one of them exploding, Xinhua said, in what state-run media called the …

Urumqi attack kills 31 in China's Xinjiang region

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Cyber espionage and the new Cold War of US-China relations

The members of China’s military charged over cyber espionage by the US will never see American justice, but the case does break new ground in a …

China

Ukraine crisis: UK warns Russia over Crimean incursion

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/politics/1057000/1057478_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524640708_1dfb92c0d1497732101902cb48cb14d9<p><b>Diplomatic, political and economic pressures will be put on Russia to send a "clear message" about its actions in the Ukraine, David Cameron has</b> …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

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Do the Poor Have More Meaningful Lives?

Jonathan Safran Foer, in the first chapter of “Eating Animals,” recounts a conversation he once had with his grandmother, in which she described the combination of fear and hunger that haunted her in Eastern Europe as the Second World War drew to a close. When she became so hungry that she couldn’t …

English as a Global Language

In Shakespeare's time, the number of English speakers in the world is thought to have been between five and seven million. According to linguist …

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.<p>The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that …

Nocookies

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Geneva II talks on Syria to go ahead without Iran; Bashar al-Assad to seek re-election

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn an offer for Iran to attend the Geneva II Syria peace talks after Tehran declared it did not support …

Syria's foreign minister Walid Moualem raises prospect of Aleppo ceasefire ahead of Geneva II talks

Syria's foreign minister has raised the prospect of a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo in a move that could see the government and opposition agree to …

Syrian Coalition Votes To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

The Western-backed umbrella group of Syrian rebels has voted to attend peace talks with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Swiss city of Montreux.<p>The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday after a vote held in …

Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Credit: Mean Girls, NPR<p>Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <i>Mean Girls</i> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>Women lead the adoption of clipped words. In …