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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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Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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