Satellite photo shows word ‘children’ in front of now-destroyed Ukrainian theater

A new Maxar Technologies satellite image of a now-destroyed theater in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol shows the word “children” in Russian (дети) written in front of and behind the building. Ukrainian officials said that roughly 1,000 people were inside the Drama Theater of Mariupol during its destruction Wednesday (March 16), and it was unclear … Read more

What is the Shape of This Word?

Karen Hopkin: This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin. Some words imitate the sounds made by the things they describe. Like buzz or hiss or zip. For you language lovers, that’s called onomatopoeia. But what if the the way a word sounds could evoke some other feature of an object … like its shape? … Read more