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UK Recognizes British Sign Language as Official Language

Making use of space and involving movement of the hands, body, face, and head, British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of deaf people in the UK and those who communicate with them, such as relatives and interpreters. BSL has regional and local dialects, and some signs go in and out of fashion or evolve over time, just like spoken words. Although English is the predominant spoken language in both the UK and US, BSL differs from American Sign Language in what ways?



Bird Banding

Bird banding is the practice of attaching small, individually numbered tags to the legs or wings of wild birds so that they may be identified and studied in the future. Information gleaned from banding includes data about migration, longevity, mortality, population, territoriality, and other aspects of avian life. The practice of marking birds dates back to the 3rd century BCE, but doing so for scientific purposes only began in 1899. What surprising facts have been learned through banding?

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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

In 1840, Queen Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and the two had nine children, whose marriages, and those of their grandchildren, in turn, allied the British royal house with those of Russia, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and others. Their sixth child, Princess Louise, is regarded by biographers as the couple's most beautiful daughter. In 1871, Louise married the Marquess of Lorne and became the Duchess of Argyll. Why was the marriage controversial?

Last updated on Friday, 18th March 2011

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