NorthPoleLake
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The Arctic is melting

Coleridge foretold our future in the lines, “Water, water, every where, / nor any drop to drink.” The oceans have been slowly warming in recent decades. This year Arctic temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius above average, and thousand years old methane frozen on the sea bed is starting to bubble to the surface in plumes.…

Cupertino: the Damn You Auto Correct of the '90s
Culture, Tech //

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

Before there was Damn You Auto Correct, there was the Cupertino effect. The effect derives its name from the spell-check dictionary on Microsoft Word 97, which only contained the hyphenated spelling of ‘co-operation’. This meant the British form ‘cooperation’ would be automatically corrected to ‘Cupertino’ (in a bizarre coincidence, Cupertino turns out to be a…