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Why do so many places in Ukraine and Crimea sound a bit Greek? — Sevastopol, Simferopol, Mariupol, Melitopol. They've all been in the news recently. So what's up with all the "-opols" in Ukraine and Crimea? The name Sevastopol comes from two words: 'sebastos' is the ancient Greek adjective meaning venerable or august, and was commonly used as an honorific for royal leaders.

Why are US-made anti-tank missiles showing up in Syria? — During more than three years of conflict, Syrian rebel groups have often been outgunned by the Syrian military. But opposition forces are apparently starting to get their hands on a different type of weapon. What's most interesting, though, is where it comes from. The BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile system is made in America.
Arming moderate rebels? What could go wrong? MT US-made anti-tank missiles are now being used by rebels in #Syria…
US-made anti-tank missiles in #Syria might signal a new approach for the Obama admin,…

Lullabies are not only for children, they're for adults, too — Lullabies are just a part of parenting, and growing up. We spoke with Kathy Henderson, collector of lullabies from around the world. It's part of our "Ninth Month" series on pregnancy and childbirth. And try out The World's Lullabies app - where you can join others in recording, sharing and listening to lullabies from different regions of the globe.
RT @currentpubmedia: The Ninth Month from @pritheworld is also collecting crowdsourced lullabies from around the world:…

A Sudanese smoke bath detoxifies the skin and brings back memories — It's a sunny afternoon in Saragota, California, near San Jose. Perfect for a barbecue. Of sorts. Yasmeen Imam, 32, is stoking some charcoals on her kitchen stove. After about 10 to 15 minutes, they start glowing. She brings them out to her porch and sets them carefully inside an empty flowerpot.

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Do the words we use to describe pregnancy reveal our feelings toward it? — When a woman in Russia is carrying a child in her womb, several words could be used to describe her condition. The most common is beremenaya (Беременная). Figuratively, it means pregnant. But the literal meaning is quite different. "It has this kind of almost quasi-religious meaning of burden, or punishment," says Svetlana Boym, professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Harvard.
RT @PRI: In comments: One Hindi word for pregnant literally means "heavy feet." @ffrandias #ninthmonth…
What does the word "pregnant" really mean in English? In other languages? @patricox investigates: #NinthMonth
Do the words we use to describe pregnancy reveal our feelings toward it?…
John McWhorter of @Columbia on the connection (or lack thereof) between language and thought: #NinthMonth