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Blog Archive for the ‘The Rosetta Project’ Category

Rosetta mistaken for killer asteroid!

by Laura Welcher on November 16th, 02007

During its recent gravity assist flyby, the Rosetta craft was mistaken for an Earth-threatening asteroid! From Sky and Telescope:

“The spacecraft was unknowingly ‘discovered’ on November 7th by astronomers in Arizona scanning the skies for Earth-threatening asteroids. They dutifully reported the 20th-magnitude blip in their images to the Minor Planet Center here. . .   Read More

Last chance to wave goodbye to the Rosetta disk

by Laura Welcher on November 9th, 02007

Get out your telescopes!

From www.spaceweather.com:

“Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is rapidly approaching Earth for a close flyby on Nov. 13th. The gravity assist maneuver, bringing the probe only 5301 km above the Pacific Ocean, will fling Rosetta toward its 10-year destination: Comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Amateur astronomers with mid-sized. . .   Read More

ICANN and now you can too…in Yiddish!

by Laura Welcher on October 17th, 02007

This week, tech sites like DomainInformer reported that ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was unveiling the internationalization of top-level domain names in “11 test languages — Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese, and Tamil.” Uh…wait a second…did they say Yiddish?!! A language with. . .   Read More

Recording last words

by Laura Welcher on September 20th, 02007

The New York Times reported yesterday on the crisis of language loss, and the work of linguists to document languages that are on the brink of vanishing without a trace. This picture of linguists David Harrison and Greg Anderson, and Charlie Muldunga, the only known speaker of Amurdag (a language of the Northern Territory previously. . .   Read More

Most all words replaced in 2000 years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 25th, 02007

This is a great appendix I just came across on the half life of vocabulary in a language. From the text:
The rate of vocabulary change The half-life of a word is the amount of time required for there to be a 50% chance that it will be replaced by a new word. Most. . .   Read More

Is there a proto-language?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 6th, 02007

San Bushman in Namibia. Linguists say the ‘click’ sound used in San speech may have been a feature of the proto-language.

(Joy Tessman/NGI/GI)

“Linguists seek a time when we spoke as one
A controversial research project is trying to trace all human language to a common root.”

Nice article (CS Monitor) forwarded. . .   Read More

2907 years of the alphabet

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 18th, 02007

 
I recently came across this very nice animation of the last 2907 years of alphabet evolution. It is a remarkably condensing and simple animated illustration. . .   Read More

The Pirahã

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 25th, 02007

I recently came across this stunningly good linguistics article published in the New Yorker (April of 02007). While I am certain that folks working on our Rosetta Project will have varying opinions on the work being described in the article, I found it an excellent primer into the world of endangered language and field linguistics. . .   Read More

Rosetta rounds Mars…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 27th, 02007

On February 24th the Rosetta spacecraft successfully completed its somewhat hairy slingshot around Mars with a copy of our Rosetta Disk on board. More here: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/

Here is agreat photo forwarded by Stewart Brand shot from Rosetta as it swung by Mars. . .   Read More

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