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Is language "analog"?

David Golumbia's 2009 book <i>The Cultural Logic of Computation</i> argues that "the current vogue for computation" covertly revives an "old belief system — …

Watching the brain during language learning: Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain

Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain<p>For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the …

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Linguistics

Did The Language You Speak Evolve Because Of The Heat?

English bursts with consonants. We have words that string one after another, like angst, diphthong and catchphrase. But other languages keep more vowels and open sounds. And that variability might be because they evolved in different habitats.<p>Consonant-heavy syllables don't carry very well in …

Linguistics

Fact:applications to language degrees have plummeted – but students are finding novel ways to learn<p>Named in 2012 as the UK’s most multilingual student, Alex Rawlings couldn’t be further away from the stereotype of a stubbornly monolingual Brit. This year he added a 15th language, Hungarian, to his …

Language Learning

Starling – The World’s First Educational Wearable for Children

With 82% of brain development complete by age three, the number of words your child hears before the age of four is the biggest predictor of …

How to Remember Not to Forget a Language

You may already know the dire consequences of not reviewing what you learn. One way to review knowledge is to put it into practice; however, when it …

20 words that aren’t in the dictionary yet

It turns out, many, many words in English don’t have a dictionary definition. Lexicographer Erin McKean and her team at Wordnik are on a mission to …

Linguistics

Whiteout: new Scottish thesaurus has 421 words for snow

The claim that the Inuit have 50 words for snow has endured for decades, but it now looks as if the Scots have beaten that figure. Researchers on a new Scots thesaurus say they have found more than 400 Scots words for the white stuff, from “feefle” to “flindrikin”, “spitters” to …

Scotland

Two ex-Apple engineers created an app that solves one of the biggest problems with professional photo editing

That's where Astropad comes in. The full version of Astropad lets you use your iPad as a graphics tablet, and now the company just launched a new version of the app for iPhone too.<p>The new app is called Astropad Mini, and it's going to cost $4.99 as part of its launch promotion on Thursday while the …

What human emotions do we really want of artificial intelligence?

Forget the Turing and Lovelace tests on artificial intelligence: I want to see a robot pass the Frampton Test.<p>Let me explain why rock legend Peter …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Deep Learning startups from Indian founders to watch out for

Imagine this, we are living in 2030 where you point the camera of your wearable device to a certain object and the wearable device feeds you with …

9 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Day

There's a reason they never lose their keys.<p>We're not sure if organizing pros are born or made, but good news: Tova Weinstock (aka "Tidy Tova") bets on the latter. The professional organizer says that anyone can make a few tiny changes to their everyday routine to get (and keep) their house in …

Productivity

Beethoven, Flaming Tubas And 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music At Burning Man

The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing …

Send me another newsletter and I'll burn your house down

On a busy day I’ll receive more than a hundred newsletters. On a slow day that number is around 30.<p>I know this because a few weeks ago I set up a filter in Gmail to file all emails containing the word ‘Unsubscribe’ into one sub-folder. Once a day I browse through it and fish out the false …

9 all-purpose, super-easy online Web builders let you tell a story or sell your stuff

With all the Facebooking, Tumblring and tweeting, it’s a wonder personal Websites still get built at all. For most people, short bursts of communication with friends and family seem to be enough to satisfy most common messaging impulses.<p>Nonetheless, business and personal Websites are still going …

3 Reasons to Learn Multiple Programming Languages

Ten years ago, Shutterstock was loyal to one programming language and one programming language only: Perl. But times have changed. Its tech team of …

Mobile Devices

There's a super-simple way to determine if you are getting enough sleep

Now Monday morning, I'm totally regretting it. So how many hours of sleep should you get?<p>Here's one speedy trick to figure out if you're getting enough sleep from Dr. Andrew Wellman, a sleep specialist at Harvard and Brigham and Women's.<p>The very first question Wellman asks new patients is <b>"Do your</b> …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Democratic Party Is Stuck Osita Nwanevu California’s primaries show how pathological careerism is hobbling the party’s …

Democratic Party

Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, and Go to Sleep

As a child, I was a terrible sleeper. My parents would often find me awake at 3 AM with a flashlight under the covers reading a Hardy Boy, Nancy Drew, or Tom Swift book. When I was 9-years-old, my pediatrician prescribed an awful tasting medicine to be taken at night, mixed with pineapple juice to …

10 Great Hacks To Make You Sleep Better

Sleep is important to your success. This is why it becomes amusing to know that many are not getting as much sleep as they need. According to the …

Sleep

These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

Apps

6 Apps You Didn't Know Could Help Increase Your Productivity

<i>This is part of the Increased Productivity series where we explore the strategies and tools that will help you accomplish more on your business.</i><p>App usage has dramatically increased during the past three years, but it has also become much more difficult to determine which apps are actually worth …

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Research shows that these 7 hobbies will make you smarter

Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process.<p>We now know that by learning new skills the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better.<p>Here is a list of seven hobbies that make you smarter and why.<p>Playing music …

“There is no god — now what?”: How to find meaning in an atheist world

Filmmaker and photographer Chris Johnson on the dangers of religion and his new documentary, “A Better Life”<p>In 2014, photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson published A Better Life, a coffee table book that profiles atheists from around the world as they discuss the pursuits and relationships that …

On Learning & Losing Language: A Reading List

Language shapes every facet of our lives—how we communicate, how we act, how we feel. When we can name something, we feel comfort and security (think …

Architizer

9 must-have apps for foodies and cooks

Are you a foodie? Do you have more photos of food than your family and friends on Instagram? And go to the farmers market every weekend? I get you.<p>While I love cookbooks and notebooks filled with recipes recorded in nice penmanship, I have become increasingly reliant on my phone or tablet in the …

Artificial Intelligence And Human Emotion: Why The 'Frampton Test' Matters

Forget the Turing and Lovelace tests on artificial intelligence: I want to see a robot pass the Frampton Test. Let me explain why rock legend Peter …