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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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Meet The Balloonatics

\tIt's crunch time for the 'balloonatics' at Macy's Parade Studio. The balloons themselves, which are designed and fabricated in a warehouse in New Jersey, are getting their final checkup before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. John Piper and Jim Artle take us around the studio and spill the secrets of inflation, explain how to calculate whether your balloon will float, and explain why the balloons look better after a little time in the sun.

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