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An intriguing image from the Mars Curiosity rover, developments surrounding Cecil the Lion, and the first GOP presidential debate caused terms to spike in lookups this week. extradition: the procedure by which one nation turns over to another nation an individual charged with or convicted of a crime in that jurisdiction. The killing of Cecil [...]

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Why Do We Have Leap Year?

Even though the standard calendar year is 365 days, the Earth actually takes 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds to go completely around the sun. (This is called a solar year.) In order to keep the calendar cycle synchronized with the seasons, one extra day is (usually) added every four years as [...]

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You Didn’t Invent That: Charles Dickens and Boredom

Charles Dickens is often given credit for inventing words that he was not the first to use. This is not surprising, if only because he was much more widely read than some of the people who had used these words before him. Dickens was also far more attuned to the language of the streets than [...]

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