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Vowels shift, regional accents recede: What Americans will sound like in 2050

Vowels shift, regional accents recede: What Americans will sound like in 2050
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“Now and Then.” As generations pass, how will the sound of language change?; Credit: Rising Damp via Flickr The sounds of the English language and the way it is spoken has changed over the last 35 years and will likely change even more over the next 35. From colloquialisms and slang all the way down […]

Water suppliers balk at proposed cutbacks

Water suppliers balk at proposed cutbacks

The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city’s famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015. On average wealthier neighborhoods like Beverly Hills consume three times more water than less affluent ones, according to the study by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and […]

Gigolos and paramours beware: Judge orders V. Stiviano to return $2.6m to Shelly Sterling

Gigolos and paramours beware: Judge orders V. Stiviano to return $2.6m to Shelly Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano. […]

Morning lark vs. night owl: The biology of early birds and midnight oil-burners

Morning lark vs. night owl: The biology of early birds and midnight oil-burners

Sleeping; Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes via Flickr We all know that colleague who is lively and chipper first thing in the morning while the rest of the office is still bleary-eyed and sleepy. Conversely, we also probably all know someone who can stay up late into the evening and still function the next day. At […]

Robot taxis could be on the way

Robot taxis could be on the way

A Rinspeed Budii autonomous car concept is shown during the 85th International Motor Show on March 3, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. ; Credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images Two major trends in automotive transportation could transform the industry in the coming years. In a recent report to investors, Morgan Stanley auto analyst Adam Jonas wrote that autonomous […]

Combatting robocalls

Combatting robocalls

; Credit: Mirko/Flickr The FCC is putting pressure on phone companies to do more to stop Robocalls. It has been illegal in the U.S. for over two decades. In 2003 the government implemented a national Do Not Call List, which was designed to protect consumers from rogue dialers. Despite this measure, The Federal Trade Commission […]

Cognitive robotics mastermind inspired ‘Ex Machina’ film

Cognitive robotics mastermind inspired ‘Ex Machina’ film

“Ex Machina” writer/director Alex Garland and actress Alicia Vikander on set. ; Credit: A24 The science fiction thriller “Ex Machina,” opening this weekend starring Oscar Isaac, is a vivid, chilling look at the creation of an exceedingly human android. In the high-concept film, a young programmer (played  by Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a breakthrough […]

Remembering Stan Freberg, the ‘father of the funny commercial’

Remembering Stan Freberg, the ‘father of the funny commercial’

Stan Freberg is honored at American Cinematheque Hosts The Genius Of Stan Freberg: 70 Years Of Creative Entertainment at the Egyptian Theatre on November 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.; Credit: Michael Kovac Chances are good that if you watch commercials or listen to radio shows today, you’ll hear Stan Freberg’s influence. The advertising legend, comedian, […]

Pew projects Islam to dominate world religion by 2070

Pew projects Islam to dominate world religion by 2070

Indonesian muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Parangkusumo beach on October 15, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Eid Al-Adha, known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, is one of the most significant festivals on the Muslim calendar. ; Credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images Christianity has been the world’s largest religion since 2010, with Islam coming in second. […]

France bans ultra-thin models; could it happen here?

France bans ultra-thin models; could it happen here?

Body Image; Credit: Charlotte Astrid via Flickr The French National Assembly passed two measures Friday that effectively ban ultra-thin models. France is just the latest country to regulate the industry; Israel, Spain and Italy each have bans of their own. French models and agencies now have to adhere to strict body mass index (BMI) guidelines. […]