IN “AVENGERS: ENDGAME”, a superhero blockbuster, the baddy’s Infinity Gauntlet gives him the power to snuff out the universe with the snap of a finger. This may sound impressive, but—although few realise it—ordinary people possess an infinite power, too: language. Write a new sentence and Google it. The chances are good that it appears nowhere among the billions on the internet. Steven Pinker, a professor of linguistics, reckons a conservative estimate of the number of grammatical, 20-word sentences a human might produce is at least a hundred million trillion—far more than the number of grains of sand on Earth. Most can easily be made longer (try adding “She said that…” to the beginning of any declarative sentence). In theory, the only thing preventing this power from being literally infinite is the human lifespan: some possible sentences would be too long to say even in threescore years and ten. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade … [Read more...] about A new book spells out the magic of language
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News / UK and world by Press Association August 23, 2019, 12:21 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter An abandoned dog who struggled to find a new home because people thought she was “ugly” is now living life to the fullest after she was adopted. Morissa, a 13-year-old hairless Chinese crested dog, has a number of health problems including failing eyesight. Staff at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home near Braintree in Essex said she struggled to find a new home “because potential adopters thought she was ugly”. But when 28-year-old Rio Maye, from Wilstead in Bedfordshire, visited Morissa it was love at first sight. Ms Maye has renamed her adopted dog Morticia and brought her home to live with her 14-year-old chihuahua called Pea. “Morticia settled in straight away. She was so thrilled with her new bed that she dived straight into it and rolled around in joy,” Ms Maye said. “We introduced her to Pea … [Read more...] about ‘Ugly’ abandoned dog finally finds a new owner
UK Politics James Landale Diplomatic correspondent @BBCJLandale on Twitter 18 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48853721 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsHong Kong extradition protests Boris Johnson and … [Read more...] about Six global issues the UK’s new PM will have to tackle
Dear Editor,Almost 39 years on after gaining independence, I never thought that it would be this easy for the Vanuatu Government and lawmakers to just do as told.As human beings, we have come to this stage through reasoning, questioning every decision and making breakthroughs from the stone age to our transformation era of Information Technology.That is why the human race is so powerful and fearsome in the animal kingdom. Handing over 6 Chinese national without a reason. Really? Without knowing the problem? Not knowing the reason is like you have been brainwashed from the truth.I refer to the 6 Chinese nationals of whom four (4) are said to have Vanuatu citizenship. We just close our eyes, turn our back and told the other party here is your problem. The Pharisees and chief priest did the same by handing Jesus over to Pilate. See where it got them. Vanuatu could be playing into China’s communist game if we do not have time to seek the truth. China’s presence in the Pacific … [Read more...] about Vanuatu bows to China — The New Normal!
Chinese President Xi Jinping headed for Russia Wednesday to mark a new era of friendship and reinforce economic ties that had benefitted from Moscow's isolation from the West. Due to arrive in the early afternoon, Xi will be received with full honours. He will have talks in the Kremlin with President Vladimir Putin before attending a formal reception and in the evening he will attend a night out at the Bolshoi theatre. The visit comes five years after Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 led to a serious rift with its Western partners and subsequent turn toward its neighbour to the east. From Moscow, Xi will travel to Russia's former imperial capital Saint Petersburg to attend the Economic Forum hosted by Putin on Thursday and Friday. China and Russia "have strong political mutual trust and support each other firmly on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns," Xi said during an interview with Russian media ahead of the visit, according to a transcript released … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping in Russia to usher ‘new era’ of friendship