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World Diabetes Day: 'What I wish people knew about my condition'

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On World Diabetes Day, we speak to three people who live with the condition.
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China's Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter

China's Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it
The state news agency Xinhua says the nameless presenter will help reduce news production costs.
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Duolingo Makes a Bid to Help Dying Languages Flourish in a Digital World

Duolingo Makes a Bid to Help Dying Languages Flourish in a Digital World | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it
Duolingo is branching out into endangered languages, but can it save under-spoken languages from extinction?

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Dutch language besieged by English at university

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So extensive is the spread of English, a group of lecturers warns of a looming "linguicide".
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Macro Photographs Composed of Nearly Ten Thousand Images Show the Incredible Detail of Insect Specimens

Macro Photographs Composed of Nearly Ten Thousand Images Show the Incredible Detail of Insect Specimens | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it

Commercial photographer Levon Biss typically shoots portraits of world-class athletes—sports players caught in motion. His new series however, catches subjects that have already been paused, insect specimens found at the Oxford Museum of Natural History. The series originally started as a side-project capturing the detail of bugs that his son would catch at home, and is now displayed at the museum in an exhibition titled Microsculpture.

 

During the course of his selection from the museum’s collection Biss rejected more than 99% of the bugs he came across, only choosing those that were of the right size and color. To capture these subjects in such immense detail, each part of the insect required a completely different lighting setup.

 

“I will photograph an antenna and light that antenna so it looks as best as it possibly can,” said Biss. “Once I move onto the next section, for example the eye, the lighting will change completely. I work my way across the whole body of the insect until I end up with 30 different sections, each photographed individually.”

 

Working in this comprehensive manner required between 8,000 and 10,000 shots for each final image, moving the camera just ten microns (1/7th of the width of a human hair) between each shot. With this volume of imagery, it takes over two weeks for Biss to complete each photograph start to finish.

 

You can see Microsculpture through October 30th at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History where the images are displayed next to their actual specimens. In case you can’t make it to the UK, you can take a detailed look at all 22 of Biss’s images on his interactive Microsculpture website. (via PetaPixel)


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Dyson chooses Singapore for new electric car plant

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Work will start on a new factory later this year with car production scheduled to begin in 2021.
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Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

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A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars.
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How translation apps are ironing out embarrassing gaffes

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The goal of real-time natural language translation is getting closer, but mistakes still happen.
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Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane

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Cathay Pacific misspelled its name as "Cathay Paciic" on the side of one of its planes.
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A Town in Norway Heated Entirely by a Data Center

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In a new town called Lyseparken, being built from scratch on vacant land near Bergen, Norway, a data center will help heat surrounding businesses–part of a design that could create the world’s first energy-positive city.

 

As data centers use energy (globally, they used 416 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2016, more than the entire United Kingdom), one big chunk of that electricity is used to keep servers cool. In the design for the new data center at Lyseparken, instead of fans, a liquid cooling system will send extra heat to a district heating system, which connects to businesses in the area, heating each building via the floor. The liquid loses heat as it travels, so the buildings that need heat most are located closest to the data center. Eventually, the liquid is cool enough that it can loop back to the data center to cool it down–and as that happens, it heats up again to start the process over.

 

In Lyseparken, the data center will sit at the heart of a new business park with 600,000 square meters of office space. The businesses will each have a stake in a local power company, and will each produce and consume electricity from a mix of renewable sources including solar and thermal energy. The data center–which can handle data for businesses or government–will buy solar energy from the power company, and then sell heat back. The arrangement offers low power bills, dividends from the power company for building owners, and, for the data center and other businesses with waste heat, the opportunity to make money from that energy. The new development will also include 3,000-5,000 new houses, which will house people working in the new area. The new town will be close enough to the city of Os that people can bike there.


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Festo's Flying Animal Robots Are Real and Magnificent

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They put even the coolest drones to shame.

 

Just barely making it under the wire of a year full of bizarre and adorable robots, the fancy animal robot-makers at Festo are back with three new flying robots. An industrial automation company, Festo's robotic menagerie also includes herring gulls, kangaroos, ants, an elephant's trunk, and a gripper inspired by the tongue of a chameleon. Festo showed off three new animalistic flying drones at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC last summer, and they can seen beautifully gliding through the air in a video captured by IEEE Spectrum.

 

The eMotionButterfly uses a camera tracking system to fly autonomously, avoiding crashes into the ceiling and walls without human guidance. A kaleidoscope of up to 15 butterflies can work together at once, using the tracking cameras to navigate without crashing into one another.

 

AirJelly, a giant flying jellyfish, is gently propelled up and down by eight tentacles and directed remotely with a bearing inside the helium body. It only weighs about two pounds, and can fly for two hours on one small battery.

 

Last but not least, the AirPenguin is a chubby silver blimp-bot with flippers that help it glide forward through the air, and moveable tail fins and a beak. Each of these creatures seems plucked from alternate reality, where mechanical zoos and Atomic Age-style penguins reign the skies. We'll allow it, even though real penguins don't fly.


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These beautiful maps show our impact on the planet

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From global shipping to undersea cables and population density, these maps highlight our impact on the planet.

 

In a short amount of time, humans have changed the face of planet Earth. Our impact has been so profound, in fact, that scientists have declared the dawn of the Anthropocene epoch, or the age of human influence. Today’s ambitious graphic comes to us from Reldresal, and it looks at this human footprint from a number of different angles. Here are some of the ones we found most interesting.

POPULATION DENSITY

While there are humans present in nearly every part of the world, the overall distribution of population is far from even. As the map above vividly demonstrates, humans cluster in specific places that have the right conditions to support a large population. Massive river deltas such as Ganges-Brahmaputra (Bangladesh) and the Nile (Egypt) are obvious bright spots on the map. Not surprisingly, sparsely populated countries like Australia and Canada are nearly indistinguishable as most people cluster in more habitable places.


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Beards galore at British championships

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Hirsute competitors were judged in 21 categories of facial hair.
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Finland: Where second-hand comes first

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As concern grows about climate change and resources, is it time to re-use more of our junk?
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Edinburgh's road signs hacked by artist

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Art experts say they hope the signs in the centre of Edinburgh will not be removed.
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What should I do with my broken kettle?

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Our household appliances could have much longer lives if they were designed to be easily repaired.
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Lidl launches new scholarship for Oxford University students to study German

Lidl launches new scholarship for Oxford University students to study German | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it
Budget supermarket Lidl have launched a new scholarship for students at Oxford University to study German. The supermarket chain will fund one master’s degree for a student of Modern German whilst sponsoring competitions with cash prizes for undergraduates from next year.
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Scientists discover what shapes language diversity

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A team of international researchers, led by Colorado State University's Michael Gavin, have taken a first step in answering fundamental questions about human diversity.

 

Humans collectively speak nearly 7,000 languages. But these languages are not spread evenly across the globe. Why do humans speak so many languages, and why are there so many languages in some places and so few in others?

 

In a new study published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, the team was the first to use a form of simulation modeling to study the processes that shape language diversity patterns. Researchers tested the approach in Australia, and the model estimated 406 languages on the continent; the actual number of indigenous languages is 407.

 

The team - which includes linguists, geographers, ecologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists based in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Canada, and Sweden - adapted a form of modeling first created by ecologists to study the processes shaping species diversity.

 

The researchers began with a grid on a blank map. The computer model placed a population of people in one cell on the grid and then used a series of simple rules that defined how the population grew, spread across the map, and divided into separate populations speaking different languages.


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The bang on the head that knocked English out of me

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Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon - it all started with a cycling accident.
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In pictures: Autumnal colours across the UK

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We look at misty sunrises, fields of ripening pumpkins and leaves of red, orange and gold.
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Mid-Autumn mooncakes: Tasty treats and fancy packaging

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Chinese people around the globe are celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival, with mooncakes centre stage.
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Why do we hate wasps and love bees?

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Both are as ecologically useful, say scientists, and the same effort must be made to protect them.
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12-year-old engineer invents device to combat ocean #microplastic #pollution

12-year-old engineer invents device to combat ocean #microplastic #pollution | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it

"Du created an underwater remotely operated vehicle that uses infrared light to detect, photograph and help remove microplastics from marine environments without harming living creatures.

“Plastics are already a huge problem, and then there are microplastics,” Du told AccuWeather. “When fish eat it, they get a toxin called bisphenol A inside their bodies, and even if they poop the plastics out, they still keep the toxin inside of them.”

The health of humans also faces detrimental impacts from consuming plastic-contaminated fish.

Anna chose to use infrared in her remotely operated vehicle because it can help scientists distinguish microplastics from other nonhazardous materials underwater without having to send samples to a lab.

“I first decided I wanted to do an ocean-related project when I found out that plastics in the ocean were a big problem; I went to the beach at Boston Harbor and I saw plastics everywhere,” Du said."


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14m bolivars for a chicken: Venezuela hyperinflation explained | World news | The Guardian

14m bolivars for a chicken: Venezuela hyperinflation explained | World news | The Guardian | Technical Translations and more | Scoop.it
As South American country faces soaraway prices, what is hyperinflation and why is it bad for the economy?
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11 Surprising Facts About Language

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By understanding the range language has, you can develop a better appreciation of the subject overall and prepare your mind for your language program.

(Newswire.net -- August 17, 2018) -- If you’re curious about how to learn Spanish or any other language, then it helps to have an understanding about language in general. Beyond linguistics, grammar, and speech, languages themselves have other unique characteristics. There’s more to fluency than foreign language learning programs. By understanding the range language has, you can develop a better appreciation of the subject overall and prepare your mind for your language program.

There are 7097 Languages that Exist Today

How can there be so many different languages? It’s best to think of language as a tree. There is the main trunk or the base of the language, and it breaks into smaller and smaller branches. These branches are language families and dialects. While 7097 is undoubtedly a lot of languages, this doesn’t mean that many of these languages are widely spoken. Many of these languages only have 10,000 speakers. This means that many are at risk of dying out.

2400 Languages Are Endangered

Thousands of languages are endangered. This happens because of a dwindling population of native speakers for those niche languages. People in these areas gravitate towards popular languages as a means of accessing better jobs prospects, more trade, and greater living. The result is that there is less emphasis placed on learning their native languages. At this rate, roughly 40% of the world languages will disappear within 100 years.

A Language Dies Out Every 2 Weeks

While many languages exist in the world, roughly one goes extinct every two weeks. This is because a handful of people only speak the language. As more and more niche cultures experience the cultural mainstream, their identity gets absorbed into it. Disease and war can also cause a language to die out. Children of native speakers who become bilingual often lose fluency in their native language. Their children will typically learn the language of the culture they grow up in as well. This also leads to a language becoming extinct.

573 Languages Are Extinct

When you think of extinct languages, you might think of dead languages like Latin, Ancient Greek, or Old English. However, there is a difference between an extinct language and a dead language. Dead languages are languages that are still in use despite not having any native speakers. Whereas, extinct languages are languages without a community of native speakers. There are currently over 573 extinct languages.  

Half the World’s Population Use Only 23 Languages

While there may be over 7000 languages currently in use around the world, half of the world’s population only uses 23 languages. In descending order based on the population of native speakers, the top ten of these most spoken languages are Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Lahnda.

The Bible Is the Most Translated Book in the World

The most translated book in the world shouldn’t come in as a surprise. The Holy Bible in its entirety has been translated into 650 different languages. However, if you’re counting partial translations, the New Testament has been translated into 1521 different languages as well.  Alice in Wonderland, Tintin, and Harry Potter are also widely translated around the world. The second most translated book on the list is the Little Prince, with over 300 translations. Previously the title had been held by Pinocchio with 260 translations in existence.

Languages with the Biggest and Smallest Alphabets

The language with the largest alphabet is Khmer. Over 8 million people, mainly Cambodians, speak this language worldwide; it has 74 letters.

The smallest alphabet belongs to the language Rotokas with a population of 4300 speakers in Papua New Guinea. This language only has 12 letters in their alphabet.  

Papua New Guinea Has the Most Languages

With a population of under 8 million people, Papua New Guinea has the most diverse collection of language in the world with 856 different languages used throughout the country. For comparison, the US has just over 300 languages used across the nation with a population that is 40 times greater.

Learning a Second Language Can Improve Mental Health

Learning more than one language can improve brain health by increasing brain use. Learning a language requires using your brain to concentrate and focus. And brain use helps brain health. Whether it’s through puzzles or games that require you to think, these activities keep your brain active and fight off degenerative brain conditions. It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s attempted to learn a second language or who already has learned one that there is a great deal of mental effort required to maintain fluency.

The US Has No Official Language

Despite what some may think, English is not the official language of the US. The US has no official language. This doesn’t mean that attempts haven’t been made to make English the official language. However, they have been stopped because it is seen as a clash with the constitution, specifically, the freedom of speech.

The US has a history of cultural diversity dating all the way back to the colonies. And while English was the major language used at the time, there was still a rich history and collection of people from different parts of Europe who had settled there with their own established languages. Pushing English might have jeopardized the colonialists’ willingness to work together.

Welsh Is Used in Argentina

In the mid-1800s, Welsh settlers came to Patagonia, Argentina. They brought with them their language that they still use throughout the area today. Unlike other traditional settlers who traveled in search of fame and fortune or to escape from religious persecution, Welsh immigrants came to Patagonia to keep their culture and language alive. In exchange for the land to create a settlement there to preserve the culture of their people, they agreed to submit to Argentinian rule. Today it holds the highest population of Welsh speakers outside of Wales.  

Language Is Diverse

There are plenty more interesting facts about languages. And understanding the unique history and characteristics of language can help build an appreciation for the vast collection of culture and ideas expressed by them throughout the world. While it’s great to search for a quick way to learn Spanish, it’s also important to know other unique facts about language as well. It’s more than simply trivia, it’s a snapshot of one of the most defining characteristics of what it means to be human.   


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