There is a universal language throughout the cosmos that, once cracked, could allow us to speak to aliens. That’s the opinion of linguistics icon Noam Chomsky, who presented his theory at a space science conference. READ MORE: Trump’s America: Weaker, divided & losing international prestige – Chomsky to RT Chomsky, a linguistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has long argued the case that the same basic grammar underscores all languages, meaning that alien visitors would find it hard to spot differences between our various tongues. At a workshop entitled ‘Language in the Cosmos’ at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles last week, Chomsky argued that if there is a universal grammar on Earth, the same theory can be applied to languages from outer space – maybe one day we could even find ourselves shooting the breeze with an ET-like creature stranded on our pale blue dot. Presenting separately, … [Read more...] about ET phone home? Chomsky’s Universal language theory could help us chat with aliens (POLL)
President Donald Trump’s turbulent first year in office begs an important question for Republican congressmen defending their seats in November: Is anyone safe? In the swath of rural northern Illinois between DeKalb, Kane and McHenry counties, there is a trio of incumbent U.S. representatives – Adam Kinzinger, D-16, Peter Roskam, D-6, and Randy Hultgren, D-14 – who vote with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. They now face three Democratic opponents posing threats to their seats in an election that may be primed for a "blue wave." It's typical for the sitting president's party to lose seats in Congress during midterms, but talks of the wave also stem from Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory last month in a Pennsylvania House district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016. Democrats are now eyeing their chance to retake Congress. "We’re seeing enthusiasm for change and having a voice in congress that reflects our values," said Lauren … [Read more...] about Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of Donald Trump?
Roseanne Barr has been criticised for tweeting her support for a right wing conspiracy theory, which claims that Donald Trump is tackling a global trafficking rings. "President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world," she wrote. "Hundreds each month." She added: "He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now”. Read more Roseanne reboot is such a hit it's already been renewed for season 2 The tweet is thought to refer to a conspiracy theory known as "The Storm", which emerged after the US President cryptically remarked that reporters were witnessing the "calm before the storm" during a photo opportunity with military leaders and their spouses before a White House dinner last October. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to expand on what the president meant at … [Read more...] about Roseanne Barr faces backlash after voicing support for Trump conspiracy theory
Two top Democrats made dangerous blunders over the past few weeks that should serve as a warning for politicians opposing Donald Trump.Former Vice President Joe Biden told college students that Trump's comments and actions about women were so offensive that if they were in high school, "I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him."In India, Hillary Clinton suggested that her voters in 2016 were from "optimistic, diverse and dynamic" venues, while Trump appealed to voters who "didn't like black people getting rights" and who "don't like women getting jobs."There was a backlash: When you insult voters you may need someday, they probably aren't going to vote for you; and when you mud-wrestle with pigs, the pigs enjoy it. Biden, who immediately heard from friends and family, quickly realized the error of his impulsive threat and apologized. "I shouldn't have said what I said," he explained. "I don't want to get down in the mosh pit with this guy."Other Democrats will … [Read more...] about Two Mistakes the Democrats Can’t Afford to Make
Children playing with rubber ducks at bathtime might seem like a harmless pursuit - but scientists have warned it may be dangerous. A study by researchers at two universities has revealed potentially harmful bacteria can be found in hollow bath toys like rubber ducks and crocodiles. The study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois revealed the “dark side” of plastic bath toys. In 80 per cent of bath toys studied, a murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria”. Bacteria discovered included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the rod‑shaped bacterium often involved in hospital-acquired infections. Experiments revealed warm, humid bathrooms provide ideal conditions for the formation of bacterial and fungal biofilms – for example, on shower curtains or behind cabinets. But the research said this was particularly the case with rubber ducks … [Read more...] about Why you should throw your child’s rubber duck away