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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:37:09 AM mt

To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don't get your panties in a bunch




Many American phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures

To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel or book publisher, linguist Lynne Murphy has a solemn warning: check a good dictionary first.

Or consider her new book, The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English, which assaults the British obsession of attacking US English with cold, hard facts.

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:36:38 AM mt

Nasa's Golden Record may baffle alien life say researchers




Extraterrestrials will discover a species that loves to argue and sees beauty in flowers that roar like chainsaws

It was launched to the stars as a portrait of humanity: an aliens guide to life on Earth and the wonderful, rich culture of its dominant species.

But the Golden Record, blasted into space by Nasa in 1977, may deliver an entirely different message to any extraterrestrials who happen to encounter the cosmic missive, researchers point out.

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:15:52 AM mt

New lava fissures open as Hawaii volcano threatens explosive eruption




  • 16th, 17th and 18th fissures open with magma thrown 100ft into air
  • Geologists say steam eruption could produce 20,000ft plume

A new fissure in Hawaiis Puna district has sent gases and lava exploding into the air, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcanos summit.

Hawaii county civil defense issued an emergency alert after the fissure was discovered early Sunday morning. The agency said one unidentified structure was destroyed by the new vent, bringing the total number of homes and other buildings lost to the lava to nearly 40.

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:15:32 AM mt

How Portnoy's Complaint made Australia a better place David Marr




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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:35 AM mt

People go to the polls in Ireland's abortion vote in pictures




Irish citizens travelled from all over the world to vote in the landmark referendum on liberalising the countrys strict abortion laws

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:35 AM mt

Irish people living abroad return home to vote in abortion referendum video




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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:34 AM mt

Mesmerising swarm of endangered jellyfish discovered in China - video




More than 100 craspedacustajellyfish, a rare species under China's top-level state protection, have been found in the pond of a museum in south-west China's Yunnan Province. They were first discovered by staff of the Lijiashan Bronze Museum in Jiangchuan District. The craspedacustajellyfish are believed to have existed for at least 600m years.

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:33 AM mt

Lava from Kilauea volcano oozes down Hawaii street timelapse video




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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:26 AM mt

Belgian police who shot dead two-year-old 'want to justify' tragedy says lawyer




Solicitor acting for parents of Mawda Shawri raises questions over shifting nature of official response to fatal shooting

Police in Belgium who have admitted that one of their officers was responsible for firing the shot that killed a two-year-old Iraqi Kurd girl last week have been accused of mishandling the investigation into her death.

A day after the officer responsible for the shooting appeared before an investigating judge, and with more details about the incident emerging, the solicitor acting for the grieving parents of Mawda Shawri told the Guardian he had grave concerns over how the case was being handled.

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The Guardian
Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 02:11:25 AM mt

National Australia Bank apologises after outage affects customers




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