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Aug. 24, 2012

Mapping the Birthplace of Modern Languages

Scientists have traced the roots of languages like English and Spanish back to present-day Turkey.

language, linguistics, evolutionary biology, language evolution

Feb. 25, 2011

Being Bilingual Not Only A Boon For Native Tongues

A bilingual upbringing appears to outfit infants with more sensitive perceptive capabilities.

learning, language, child development

Sep. 14, 2007

Steven Pinker

A conversation with evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker about language and what makes us tick.

pinker, brain, language

Feb. 17, 2012

Digital Tools Help Document Vanishing Languages

A linguist unveils thousands of audio recordings of words and sentences from dying languages.

language, dictionary, linguistics, words, culture

Feb. 03, 2012

Listening In On The Brain To Decode Speech

A study in PLoS Biology details how researchers decoded the brain’s electrical activity to reconstruct speech.

speech, language, brain, mind, scan, mind reading

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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