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Tau Ceti has habitable planet, just 12 light years away TG Daily

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Category: Science

From www.tgdaily.com

We are now beginning to understand that nature seems to overwhelmingly prefer systems that have multiple planets with orbits of less than 100 days. This is quite unlike our own solar system, where there is nothing with an orbit inside that of Mercury.

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Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented : The New Yorker

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Category: Language

From www.newyorker.com

Since at least the Middle Ages, philosophers and philologists have dreamed of curing natural languages of their flaws by constructing entirely new idioms according to orderly, logical principles. Inventing new forms of speech is an almost cosmic urge that stems from what the linguist Marina Yaguello, the author of “Lunatic Lovers of Language,” calls “an ambivalent love-hate relationship.

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