2016-10-29 (Saturday)

Today, I learned that:

At this time of the year, it becomes ever more evident that life on the northern and southern hemispheres are going in different directions until Christmas time. The photo below shows a beautiful fall photo taken by my friend Barbara, who once more is eager to share with us the beauties of Mother Nature. This photo was taken by her from the stairs of Nääs Castle in Sweden towards Lake Sävelången. My warmest thanks, Barbara!

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The Swedish lake Sävelången amidst the forest dressed in autumn leaves. Photo taken by Barbara Sigurdsson on 2016-10-19.

As you already might know, besides technology, my other main interest is languages. So here are some interesting language information I have gathered since my latest blog post:

Sound of words is no coincidence
Particular sounds are preferred or avoided in non-related languages far more often than previously assumed. An international research team, led by scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Mathematics in the Sciences and the Science of Human History, and including scientists from Germany, the USA, Sweden, Denmark and other countries have carried out a comprehensive analysis. The scientists used data for the study from over 4 000 of the more than 6 000 languages spoken throughout the world.
N as in nose – an association that probably did not arise by chance. The sound n is found in the word for the olfactory organ more frequently than in other words, some examples being English: nose, German: Nase, French: nez, Spanish/Portuguese: nariz, Swedish: näsa, Danish: næse, Norwegian: nese, Finnish: nenä, Russian: нос, etc.
Other examples are that the respective words for ‘sand’ often contain the sound of ‘s’, ‘stone’ normally includes the sound of ‘t’, etc.
Damián E. Blasi, a scientist from the Max Planck Institute, a main contributor to the study says that “In view of the enormous possibilities that exist for variations in the world’s languages, the result is astonishing and alters our understanding of the boundary conditions under which people communicate.” See also reference #1 below.

Smiling faces in photos

Of course, any photographer who takes portraits of people would like that their objects seem to be happy on the photo. There are different buzz words for that, “cheese”, “omelett”, and “pizza” are some of those used to convince them to smile. According to Radio Sweden’s language program “Språket”, a study made some years ago by the Japanese camera maker Nikon, a photo model was asked to pronounce typical words used in different languages. 5 high speed photos were taken of her in every language, and the most beautiful facial expression of those was chosen. Then, the photos from the different languages were compared, and the study resulted in that the French word “ouistiti” (meaning the South American monkey marmoset) yielded the best result, voilà! More on this fascinating topic can be found in references #2, 3, and 4 (the latter containing also the winning photo!) below.

Help the world – dispollute the air making booze

In a sensational discovery, researchers in the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have been able to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol in a one-step process. Is this the solution to avoid global warming, getting drunk with the bill gracefully paid by Mother Earth? Let us wait and see! In the meantime, get prepared in references #5 and 6 below.

… That’s what I learned in school !

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Refs.:

1: Sound of words is no coincidence

2: Säg cheese, omelett och pizza – så får du den perfekta fotominen!

3: Say cheese

4: The secret to a perfect photo smile – not ‘Say cheese’ but….. ‘OUISTITI’!

5: Chemists accidentally turn carbon dioxide to ethanol in breakthrough study

6: High-Selectivity Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Ethanol using a Copper Nanoparticle/N-Doped Graphene Electrode

+: What did you learn in school today ?

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2016-06-10 (Fredag)

Idag lärde jag mig, att:

Det trevliga lekmannaspråkprogrammet Ordalaget har sagt sitt. Idag var det final och gravölet serverades på allra bästa sätt, live i studion på SR Jämtland i Östersund. I referens nummer 1 nedan finns allt om denna slutepisod, med bilder och listor på alla ord som har ordalagts under de drygt fem år som programmet sändes.

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Ordalaget, dvs. Christina Kjellsson, Stefan Hanberg och Lars T. Johansson, uppträder live inför publik i finalprogrammet. Foto: Leif Landin/SR Jämtland.

Visste du om att Sverige besitter en naturtillgång som endast blev känd för några få år sedan? Jag tänker på fyndigheten i lappländska Vittangi av höggradig grafit, som kan komma att användas som råmaterial i tillverkningen av supermaterialet grafén. Idag kostar grafén omkring US$ 30 per kg, så nog verkar det som en ljus framtid för svensk gruvindustri. Läs mera i referens nummer 2 nedan.

(Today’s post in Swedish deals with the final episode of a layman’s language programme, and the rich supply of high-grade graphite in the extreme north of Sweden.)

… Tack för idag, slut för idag!

Refs.:

1: Ordalagets final live!

2: Miner ends quest for gold to unearth strongest material in world

+: What did you learn in school today ?

2016-03-18 (Fredag)

Idag lärde jag mig, att:

Ett Lag uti Sundsvall och Östersund
Bland Orden botaniserar en stund
I glädje och sorg
Och med hjälp från Göteborg
Begraver skräpord och K-märker juveler såsom misskund

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Ordalaget fyller 5 år och firar det tillsammans med Grammatikdagen och Ingemar Stenmark

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Samma Wordfeud-bräde som ovan publicerat på Ordalagets Facebook-sida idag.

Såsom rutinerad poddradiolyssnare, med start i september 2005, har jag naturligtvis valt ut mina favoriter. På fredagar ser jag till att inte missa en enda episod av Ordalaget, ett mycket underhållande språkprogram från SR Jämtland och SR Västernorrland, som gör att man kommer i rätt humör inför helgen. Tack Stefan, Lars T och Christina, och må Ordalaget leva i åtminstone 5 år till! (Dagens program går att lyssna på enligt referens nummer 1 nedan.) Eller varför inte sikta på att komma ikapp en av svensk idrotts främsta i alla tider, både sportsligt och som person, Ingemar Stenmark, som fyller 60 år just idag. Grattis till er alla!

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Ingemar Stenmark i full fart, från den tiden när hela Sverige stod still och följde hans framfart i pisterna

SR Vetenskapens värld berättade igår om den grundliga undersökning som utförts på resterna av vad som uppgivits ha varit Erik den helige, svensk kung under 1100-talet. För så vitt forskarna kan förstå så kan det mycket väl röra sig om honom. Intressant material från Sveriges Radio finns på referenserna nummer 2 och 3 nedan, och i referens nummer 4 återges en video från när resultaten presenterades i Uppsala domkyrka tidigare i veckan.

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Erik den heliges skalle och krona. Foto: Mikael Wallerstedt

… Slut för idag, tack för idag !

(Sorry, only Swedish today! I am talking about a clever language program, which celebrates 5 years of discussions, say congratulations also to ski master Ingemar Stenmark and reveal the results of the examination of the bones of the great Swedish king Erik, monarch during the 12th century.)

Refs.:

1: En märkesdag för femåriga Ordalaget

2: Legenden verkar stämma: Erik den helige var stark och from

3: Erik den helige bentätare än dagens 35-åringar

4: Erik den helige

+: What did you learn in school today ?