LONDON: Idiocracy - a government formed of people considered ignorant or idiotic - is among 1,400 new words, senses, and phrases added in the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary records over 100 words derived ultimately from the Greek suffix -cracy, meaning 'power' or 'rule'. The new addition idiocracy, refers to a society consisting of or governed by people characterised as idiots, or a government formed of people considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic. Words like democracy and aristocracy originated in ancient Greek, but by the 18th century, -ocracy was being added to English words, as in statocracy and mobocracy. In the 19th century, the trickle of such formations became a flood, with many of the new words being terms of ridicule, a tradition to which idiocracy belongs; the earlier terms foolocracy (1832) and idiotocracy (used by Ambrose Bierce in 1909) express a similar concept. TL:DR, Bingeable & Other Tech Words That Made Their Debut In The … [Read more...] about Oxford adds 1,400 new words to the dictionary, ‘idiocracy’ makes it too!
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A grandfather has told how him being unable to flush his faeces down the toilet led doctors to spot his pancreatic cancer. Chris Davey, 59, of Bristol, wasn't too concerned about his floating stools - but made note of it to tell his GP at his next check-up. The roofer also suffered with itchy hands and feet and yellowing round the eyes, which he also decided to flag to his doctor in April 2016. His quick-thinking GP immediately recognised the symptoms as being a sign of pancreatic cancer - one of the deadliest forms. Mr Davey was diagnosed with the disease two weeks later. He needed an eight-hour operation to 're-plumb' his insides to rid him of the cancer, before months of chemotherapy to keep it at bay. Mr Davey only survived his diagnosis because it was spotted so early - allowing him to receive surgery, the only way of 'curing' the disease. Chris Davey, 59, of Bristol, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2016 when his stools wouldn't flush and his hands … [Read more...] about How not being able to flush my stools was a sign of CANCER: Roofer reveals quick-thinking GP noticed his bizarre complaint may be an early symptom of the deadliest form of the disease
The boom in natural gas production has been essential to the drop in carbon emissions in the US, as methane, the primary component of natural gas, releases more energy for each carbon atom when burned than other fossil fuels. But there's still a carbon atom in each molecule of methane, so switching to natural gas will eventually lead to diminishing returns when it comes to emissions reductions. To keep our climate moderate, we'll eventually need to move off natural gas, as well. But two new papers out this week suggest we could use natural gas without burning it. They detail efficient methods of converting methane to hydrogen in ways that let us capture much or all of the carbon left over. The hydrogen could then be burned or converted to electricity in a fuel cell—including mobile fuel cells that power cars. The supply obtained from methane could also be integrated with hydrogen from other sources. The tech involved is also pretty cool in its own right, involving things like … [Read more...] about Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions
The ocean may soon begin to sound more like New York City to dolphins and whales.As carbon dioxide levels rise and make the world's oceans warmer and more acidic, the increasing amounts of the gas could also make the seas noisier, especially in the soprano range, a new study suggests.The increased burning of fossils fuels such as coal and oil in the last few decades has injected more and more carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. The oceans absorb a large chunk of this extra carbon dioxide (about 40 percent).The more carbon dioxide that water absorbs, the more acidic it becomes; this is why sodas, with their carbon dioxide bubbles, are acidic. This change in seawater chemistry alters the way sound moves through the ocean, allowing it to propagate farther, particularly for sounds two and a half octaves above "middle C," said researcher Keith Hester of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.Ocean acidityHere is a sketch of how it works: The slow absorption of … [Read more...] about Pollution Makes Oceans Noisier