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By Nicholas Klacsanzky Though Yahoo (or properly written as Yahoo!) might not be as popular as it was in its formative days, its sites are still the 8th most popular on the internet. This internet pioneer is still known for its email, news page, and other services. With Yahoo being created in the early 1990s, it pushed the internet into new directions and offered users innovative services. In the following paragraphs, an exploration will be done in-depth about this pioneer company in terms of its history and development. Jerry Yang and David Filo, both electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford University, created a website called “Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web” in January of 1994. The website featured a directory of other websites that were searchable (Clark, Andrew). They added onto this directory with fervor, despite having to work on their graduate projects as well. The domain…

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If there is one cornerstone that has been supporting the foundations of human civilization for the last five thousand years, I would say it is education. Generally speaking, it can be described as the process of passing on knowledge, experience, and skills from older generations to younger ones, although it comprises much more. Starting perhaps with paleolithic art on cave walls and ending up with today’s highly technological online services, education has always been something more significant than a transfer of knowledge. I believe one could say that education unites and incorporates people around the globe into one community, sharing the same values, history, knowledge, and aspirations. This is probably why we tend to see people who refuse to share global values as outcasts and marginals. Indeed, despite all the proclaimed tolerance, we rarely take the representatives of mindsets alternative to the majority seriously. With all due respect to the…

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2018 was a big year for the royal family of the United Kingdom: Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, an American Actress. It caused a social media and news storm that caught the attention of almost every person in the world. But how much do we know about Meghan Markle? This essay will expound on the life of Markle and her rise to fame. She was born as Rachel Meghan Markle on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a social worker and yoga instructor, and her father, Thomas Markle Sr., is a television director of photography lighting director. However, the marriage did not last long after Meghan was born, as they divorced when she was six years old (John, Tara). Meghan has mixed heritage, as her mother is African-American and her father is Caucasian. With her father working in television, she essentially grew up and…

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It is commonplace that technologies are changing the world we live in. Roughly every two decades, Earth becomes almost a brand new place in terms of technological wonders becoming routine, and revolutionary ideas settling as solid scientific theories. However, we might not be aware of the extent to which the world is changing—not just because we constantly live within the eye of the hurricane, so to say, but also because technologies sometimes advance too fast for us to comprehend and evaluate their influence on the ways we live, think, feel, and behave. One of such technologies is virtual reality, or VR: a concept introduced by science-fiction writers and scientists quite a while ago, but is now becoming a trending technology worldwide. And, since it is obvious that VR will from now on be an inalienable part of the world, it is important to contemplate the ways in which it will…

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Chinese civilization has for thousands of years been one of the most advanced in the world. China is the land of grandiose architectural monuments, deeply-rooted traditions, unique philosophy and mysterious poetry, a diverse and difficult language, and an enigmatic mentality—a land of great accomplishments and terrible historical cataclysms. When speaking of China, one probably imagines Buddhist monks, temples in which students master the arts of peace and war, overpopulated megalopolises, exotic food, and incomprehensible (for a laowai: a foreigner) customs and lifestyle. But along with this, one of the most notable legacies of Chinese civilization is its traditional medicine. It is not a secret that Chinese people live long—sometimes, incredibly long. If you have watched travel shows on Discovery or similar channels dedicated to China, you must have seen those old men and women, who, in their 80s or even 90s, look like a western person in their 60s. You…

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By Richard Swan Very occasionally a book comes along that changes your life, in the sense that it alters your thinking and causes you to reevaluate the things that “everyone knows.” Time’s Anvil by Richard Morris is such a book. “Have you found anything interesting?” is, according to Morris, the question he is most commonly asked at archaeological digs. It is also the kind of query likely to be aimed at a book reader. So let us try to address some of the questions frequently asked about books. What is it about? On one level, Time’s Anvil is a book about archaeology, which does not sound particularly promising. Archaeology can be a niche subject, and it can be arid. The book starts from what may seem an innocuous topic: a survey of the archaeology of Britain—or more specifically England—across time. However, that includes both the entire history of Britain and…

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By Nicholas Klacsanzky Hi everyone. If you’d ask what I dislike about the English language, I would immediately blurt out “Prepositions!” They can sometimes be so tricky that even English native speakers find it difficult to choose the appropriate preposition in certain situations. With this in mind, I decided to prepare a short list of words using prepositions that cause the most problems to English speakers (especially ESL ones). Hear There are three possible prepositions to use with “hear.” – To hear about something or someone—means to learn new information about a person or an object, event, and so on. – To hear from something—means to receive news or updates from a person, company, and so on. – To hear of something or someone—to be aware of the existence of a person, company, and so on. Compare There are two possible options when using the word “compare” – To compare…

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Sometimes, it seems we are attracted towards people romantically in an inexplicable manner. We see someone and our romantic side sparks up. However, it is not a mystery to science and people who study sociology. There are definite causes as to why people become romantically attracted to each other. These factors are sexual attraction, similarity, communication, mystery, and sincerity. Sexual attraction is often the primary way people become attracted to each other. However, romantic love and sexual attraction may not always have a direct link. According to Helen Fisher, PhD, “Sexual chemistry does not always equal love, and this is because we’ve evolved distinct brain systems for mating. One system controls the craving for sexual gratification. Another system rules over romantic love – that [is] obsessive thinking, craving, and focusing on one individual. They’re not always connected, which is why you can be madly in love with someone and only…

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What is a Run-On Sentence? Students who study English as a second language rather often face the problem of long sentence lengths. Sometimes the sentences they compose can be too short, or lack subject-verb agreement—in this case, they are called fragment sentences. In other cases, a sentence can contain too many ideas and independent clauses that are not separated by punctuation marks. In this instance, we are talking about a run-on sentence. In other words, a run-on sentence is a long sentence that has not been punctuated correctly, or has no appropriate conjugation. e.g. When we were in Louisiana, Mike said when he was a boy, his father and him used to go fishing sometimes, they would walk over 10 miles down the river and they would also sleep in forests and feed on the fish they had caught, can you imagine? How to Fix a Run-on Sentence? – Break…

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Adolescence is the time when a person is no longer a child, but not an adult either. This, in connection with hormonal imbalances and social adaptation, often causes teenagers to do things that they later regret, or that cause inconveniences and regular disturbances to their parents. One of such things is running away from home. Although in a number of cases it can be caused by a harmful environment or a traumatizing experience, it also happens even in prosperous and harmonious families. Running away is considered to be a serious problem in developed countries—in the U.S., in particular. According to the National Runaway Switchboard—an organization that provides psychological assistance to children who already have run away from home, or are planning to do so, approximately one teenager out of seven (the range of age is 10-18 years usually) will at least once run away, or make an attempt. Currently, there…

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