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This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Language

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

What to Teach Kids Instead of 'Stranger Danger'

Once, as a kid, I was at the food court at the mall, and a mime was making balloon animals for all the children. He blew up a tube of latex, twisted …

How American Boys Learn to Speak Like American Men

Girls are the arbiters of language. Boys share a voice.<p>By<p>Mar 20 2018, 11:45 AM<p>John Finley for Fatherly<p>For about six years in the 1990s, the …

Creative ways to keep your kids occupied when cabin fever strikes

In general, it’s a good idea to live by the family maxim that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. That means enjoying …

Too Much Technology: Children Growing Up with Weak Hands, Fingers

Researchers say children using too much technology are showing up to school unable to hold pencils or cut paper with scissors. Here’s some advice for …

Kids

How to Teach Your Baby Sign Language So They Can Communicate at 8 Months

Baby sign language gives children as young as 8 months old the vocabulary they need to communicate want and needs with mom and dad.<p>By<p>Mar 07 2018, …

The 5 Best YouTube Channels for Kids

YouTube is a tricky place. You set your kid up with 22 minutes of what you swore were archived <i>Thomas</i> episodes, then come back from the …

NBC’s refusal to say PyeongChang correctly sends a clear—and ugly—message

If you’re in the US watching the Olympics on NBC, chances are, you’re saying PyeongChang wrong. Both the way the name has been written in Roman script and the way that the TV network has persisted in pronouncing it on air would lead you to believe that the final syllable rhymes with “twang.”<p>It does …

'Phenomenal' new X-rays of a Picasso painting reveal images the artist buried in one of his major works

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso went through great pains with many of his famous 20th-century works, and few are more well-known than those he made during his depressive "blue period," which ranged from about 1901 through 1904.<p>However, a new scientific analysis of a major yet somber blue-green Picasso …

Art

From 'Ale' to 'Zymurgy': 8 Words About Beer : Porter & Stout

<i>Ale</i> is a word that is as old as English itself, dating to the 12th century. It’s distinguished from <i>lager</i> by usually being top-fermented, meaning that …

What makes kids picky eaters — and what may help them get over it

Some kids are happy to snack on carrots, raw peppers and hummus, while other kids would be happy to follow a carb-based “white” diet of pasta, rice and bread.<p>Why are some kids so fussy about food? It turns out there a dizzying number of reasons your child may turn up his nose at mealtimes. A 2015 …

Kids

15 Short Story Collections Everyone Should Read

Great literature in small portions<p>Last December, a short story by Kristen Roupenian called 'Cat Person' went viral. It was a reminder of the power the form can wield, and a great advert for literature in an era dominated by other mediums.<p>Short stories, of course, have the added advantage of being …

Books

These Are the Best Books of 2017, According to Amazon

Amazon was one of the first to release their "best of 2017" list, with the 100 best books of the past year. Each book was hand-selected by Amazon’s …

19 Netflix Original Movies You Didn't Know Existed That Are Gonna Be Your New Obsessions

Did you know that there's more to Netflix original content than <i>Stranger Things</i> (staff writer: Jessie Nickson-Lopez) and <i>The Crown</i> (casting: Nina …

The 9 Most Important Scientific Studies for Parents of 2017

Scientists were almost as busy as parents this year. Here's what they learned.<p>By<p>Dec 26 2017, 9:55 AM<p>As busy as 2017 was for parents, it may have been …

How the world's languages handle thorny gender issues

As everyone knows, there are two genders: common and neuter.<p><i>What?</i><p>Well, everyone in Stockholm knows that. So does everyone in Amsterdam. Go to Berlin …

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

Scientists Discovered What Causes Dementia

An international team of researchers claims to have found a major cause of dementia - an incurable brain disease.<br>Read More

Dementia