Linguists break words into clusters — groups of consonants that have no intervening vowels. In German, "-rl" is an end cluster, Gussenhoven explained. It comes at the end of a syllable, as in the common German name Karl, rather than forming a syllable of its own. Thus German speakers try to translate the two-syllable English word "squirrel" into the monosyllabic German sound "skwörl " in the same way that "squirm" becomes "skwörm." … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Germans Say ‘Squirrel’?
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Like Clinton, Edwards says Americans should halt global warming, and also achieve energy independence, but he opposes expanding nuclear power. He supports carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission caps to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. (Clinton and Obama support similar levels, while Bill Richardson pushes for a 90-percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as well as a 50-percent cut in oil consumption by 2020.) … [Read more...] about Hot Science Topics Avoided by Presidential Candidates
Developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the U.S. military, the BigDog prototype is arguably the world's most ambitious legged robot. Its stability and awareness of its own orientation make it the first robot that can handle the unknown challenges of the battlefield. The Great Dane–size 'bot can trot more than three miles an hour, climb inclines of up to 45 degrees, and carry up to 120 pounds—even in rough terrain impenetrable to wheeled or tracked vehicles. But this one is just a puppy; Boston Dynamics expects the next iteration, ready this summer, to be at least twice as fast and carry more than twice as much. … [Read more...] about Incredible New Military Robot
The Fossil Gen 5 boasts looks and functionality Source: Joe Maring / Android Central If you're feeling like you'd prefer something that's not as intense about tracking and is more focused on looks and functionality, you might prefer the Fossil Gen 5. It's only available in one size (44mm), but there are numerous variants to choose from depending on what aesthetic you're going for. It also has a colorful 1.3-inch AMOLED display with two side buttons and a rotating crown for seamless navigation. The Fossil Gen 5 uses 22mm replaceable bands, so it's easy to switch up your style whenever you feel like it. … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs. Fossil Gen 5: Which should you buy?
Malwarebytes does protect your PC from a virus or malware attack, scoring reasonably well in recent independent testing for guarding against malware infections. But that's not really what Malwarebytes is known for. If you find yourself in trouble, the go-to disinfectant for many is Malwarebytes. You can get protection and disinfection for one device for $30 a year, regularly $40. To cover five devices -- any combination of Windows, MacOS and Android -- it's $80 for a year. To get the free antivirus version, download this trial version, which "downgrades" to a no-fee on-demand cleaner with fewer features that detects and removes viruses and malware when you run an on-demand scan after 14 days. … [Read more...] about The best antivirus protection for Windows 10 in 2020