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  • First evidence found that bonobos produce human-like speech
    First evidence found that bonobos produce human-like speech
    Wild bonobos have been shown to demonstrate a contextual flexibility in a pattern of speech called peeps that are highly similar to the emotional content of human speech. Zanna Clay and colleagues from the University of Birmingham in the United...
  • The importance of talking to your baby-Jennifer Azevedo, Examiner
    The importance of talking to your baby
    Although it seems that in the first few weeks and months of your baby’s life, he is only sleeping, eating, crying or hiccuping, experts say there is something much more going on in their brains.Lise Eliot, a neuroscientist and author of ...
  • Why the F word should not be used in public
    Why the F word should not be used in public
    Most people are taught not to judge a book by its cover, but, it is human nature to make snap judgements, and, more often than not most people are guilty of judging you within 10 seconds of meeting you. Nothing leaves a stronger impression than...
  • First Software for Across-Language Conversation in 25 Languages Launched Today
    First Software for Across-Language Conversation in 25 Languages Launched Today
    Language barriers are shattered by the first complete software for real-time conversation between people of different languages. Just go to a webpage and talk. Anyone can speak dozens of languages - instantly - for business and pleasure.* * * * ...
  • Researchers find first birds that have rudimentary language
    Researchers find first birds that have rudimentary language
    The stringing together of sound to create different meaning was thought to be a human’s only province but new research has found that the chestnut-crowned babbler of Australia can alter the pattern of sounds it makes to fit different...
  • Visiting the wet market
    Tips for a smooth trip to Aisa
    Tours: Book tours locally. The Hong Kong tourist board site offers wonderful free or almost free tours (www.discoverhongkong.com/us/ -search “kaleidoscope”). Check out the Global Greeters Network (www.globalgreeternetwork.info). They...
  • The divisive force of language
    About Time, part four: The evolution of Language – Science versus the Bible
    In previous columns in this series, we’ve looked at the clashes between the creation account and the Big Bang, between the Exodus account and biblical skeptics, and the biblical record of the Israelites’ history versus the historical...
  • Gibbon language deciphered for the first time
    Gibbon language deciphered for the first time
    The lar gibbon (Hylobates lar) of Thailand is one of the most vocal non-human primates that exist. Esther Clarke and colleagues are the first to decipher the subtle and soft “hoo” utterances of lar gibbons and have found the...
  • Flag wars continue in America
    Allah outrage: New York parents flip out over Pledge of Allegiance
    It is a generally held American principle that our cultural and ethnic pluralism is a sign of strength. But a school in upstate New York is finding out the hard way this week that not everyone agrees -- with local education officials being forced...
  • Cat talk app may talk to your cat for you, but watch out!
    Cat talk app may talk to your cat for you, but watch out!
    A Tennessee woman tried out a new cat talk app, which supposedly allows people to communicate with their cats in cat language. After giving the app a whirl, her cat first came over and appeared curious, and then got really upset and ran off. We...
  • Emojis can get you arrested, just the same as harassing and threatening words
    Emojis can get you arrested, just the same as harassing and threatening words
    In the not so distant past, many considered what emojis had become on a global basis. The Language Monitor noted late last year that the ideograph (graphic symbol representing ideas or concepts) for “love” was considered the top word...
  • The Meowlingual could help you understand your cat's language
    Want to know what your cat is really saying? The Meowlingual might help
    You look at your cat, and wonder what her facial expressions are telling you. She meows, and you might think you know what she's saying, but you really don't. She chirps or trills, and you scratch your head. You pull out her toy, or your...
  • Study shows that chimpanzees can learn new ‘words’
    Study shows that chimpanzees can learn new ‘words’
    The vocalizations made by chimpanzees that designate a food item differ between groups of chimpanzees. When two different groups of chimpanzees are merged into one society, the chimpanzees learn the other group's “word” for a given...
  • Ice and snow are staples of winter.
    Origins and facts about the word “Winter”
    The four seasons are a fact of life that cycle through life annually. Although everyone knows the various conditions that spring, summer, autumn and winter bring few people know the origins behind the words that we use to describe each of these...
  • Pumpkins are a popular harvest in autumn months.
    Origins and facts about the word “Autumn”
    The four seasons are a fact of life that cycle through life annually. Although everyone knows the various conditions that spring, summer, autumn and winter bring few people know the origins behind the words that we use to describe each of these...
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