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Linguistics across the globe

Linguistics across the globe

With today’s ever multiplying options for communication, it’s easy to forget about the spoken word. John McWhorter explores how the 6000 languages around the world grew, changed and progressed over the past 150,000 years. Incorporating a genuine curiosity and understanding of other cultures, What Language Is, examines how languages across the globe have intermingled and [...]

The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

In economics “diminished returns” is a phrase referring to a decrease in marginal output following an increase in production. This is a fine term to keep in mind when producing goods, but maybe also for (re)producing babies? In <i>The Case for the Only Child</i> – Susan P. Newman argues just that, taking a position that [...]

Ace songwriter John Hiatt in his own voice

Ace songwriter John Hiatt in his own voice

Although he has had a nearly 4-decade career as a performer in his own right, Nashville-based singer and songwriter John Hiatt is perhaps best known for the impressive list of artists who have covered his songs. Household names such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Jewel [...]

Social x-ray glasses: curing social awkwardness and exposing your private emotions

Social x-ray glasses: curing social awkwardness and exposing your private emotions

Have you ever had the frustrating experience of wishing the person you were talking to would pick up on the subtle body language you’re trying to convey? Or, conversely, wishing that you could more accurately read the emotions of those around you? Turns out you’re not alone: the average person only accurately reads facial expressions [...]

Make-up ads: Photoshopped phonies or aspirational images?

Make-up ads: Photoshopped phonies or aspirational images?

In a much talked about move, the Advertising Standards Authority in the U.K. has banned two L'Oreal magazine ads. One features a porcelain, flawless Julia Roberts. The second shows supermodel Christy Turlington somehow looking more super. The decision came after a politician there complained the ads were "not representative of the results the products could [...]

Senators urge FDA to halt consideration of genetically engineered “frankenfish” as a food

Senators urge FDA to halt consideration of genetically engineered “frankenfish” as a food

Eight senators call them “frankenfish” and are asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt its approval process for the genetically engineered salmon—an approval the could land the first GE animal on a dinner plate near you. The fish, produced by AquaBounty Technologies, come from embryos that have been sterilized in Canada before being [...]

Saving the Republican Party

Saving the Republican Party

While the Tea Party has reenergized the Republican base in a very big way on national, state and local levels, there are some members of the Grand Old Party who are worried that it is losing its way. This is particularly true with the rising generation of young adults who rarely register Republican and overwhelmingly [...]

Brain on Trial: researcher reevaluates how guilty criminals are, based on their brains

Brain on Trial: researcher reevaluates how guilty criminals are, based on their brains

David Eagleman recounts the crime case: On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a well-liked family man, stabbed his wife and mother to death and then went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 13 people and wounding 32. The night before, he wrote a suicide note, “I don’t really understand [...]

Jack Larson on director James Bridges

Jack Larson on director James Bridges

James Bridges was a reclusive and respected film director best known for such seminal films as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy. Bridges rarely gave interviews over his lengthy career, but he did share a productive artistic relationship with his life partner of 35 years, Jack Larson. Larson is a revered writer [...]

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Walk down any aisle at a health food store like Whole Foods and you’ll see “gluten free” written in big letters on a wide range of products from spaghetti to cookies. The gluten free diet seems to have exploded, but only a relatively small percentage of the U.S. population (about 1 percent) actually has a [...]

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