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Pluto has two new moons. What are they named?
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced the names for two new moons of Pluto (everyone’s favorite dwarf planet). Like Pluto’s three other moons (Charon, Nix, and Hydra), the two new satellites are named for figures from Greek myth: Styx and Kerberos. When Pluto’s fourth moon was discovered in 2011, we discussed what to name the new moon, and we’re happy to say a number of …
Musical Chairs: What Janet Yellen’s New Title Really Means
When Janet Yellen was confirmed as leader of the Federal Reserve Board, she changed the title of her position from chairman to chair. Though this shocked the media, who were both elated and censorious, the term chair has been used in this sense for a very long time. Since the 1650s, chair has referred to “the person occupying a seat of office.” Around the same …
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