Until news broke earlier this year that a deal was in the works between Iran and other members of the United Nations Security Council, it seemed that the nuclear question had been a strictly binary argument as of late. The compromise requires that either nuclear limitations are lightened and sanctions against Iran are lifted, or […]

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Hottest import of 2015? The hashtag. Back in 2013, the French Ministry of Culture banned the use of the English word “hashtag” in French media and culture. The Académie Française, the French government’s institution charged with preserving the French language and classic culture, instead commissioned the word “mot-dièse” to represent the # symbol. Words like […]

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Earlier in 2015, news broke that Greece could potentially be leaving the European Union, colloquially called the “Grexit,” or the Greek exit from the Eurozone. This was astonishing for many reasons: it would be the first country to leave the EU since its founding in 1993, and the announcement came soon after Greece’s economic and […]

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At 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress. Where was U.S. President Barack Obama? Answer: not invited. The event that took place is rather unconventional, as generally when two nations are forging diplomatic relations, the premiers of each convene as a public spectacle and to have an administrative […]

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And you thought they were only in space. Well, better brush up on some “Doomsday Preppers,” because black holes have spread to the Earth’s surface, and they are increasing in number. All jokes aside, one of the most recent phenomena in Earth’s geology is the formation of massive craters in the mountainous region of the […]

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To celebration enthusiasts, Tuesday was known as the great Mardi Gras. The religious origins of the holiday really are a “holy” day, i.e. Shrove Tuesday. Originally a Catholic holiday, Shrove Tuesday has a certain implication of solemnity. Traditionally, the name “Shrove” comes from the term “shrive,” meaning “to confess.” The day became a preparation event […]

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