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How the language you speak changes your brain

We speak so effortlessly that most of us never think about it. But psychologists and neuroscientists are captivated by the human capacity to …

The subtle sounds that English speakers have trouble catching

You've probably noticed how speakers of some languages can't seem to tell certain sounds apart. As a result, they can confuse word pairs such as <i>wet</i> …

Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence<p>Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a <i>chien</i>, to Russians a <i>sobaka</i>, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a <i>gǒu</i>. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence …

Linguistics

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? – John McWhorter

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is …

Language

Why Did Humans Develop So Many Different Languages?

New research suggests that there could be some method to the apparent madness of how different languages form. The key may lie in the environment in …

How Immigration Changes Language

The invention of new ways of speaking is one surprising consequence of migration to Europe.<p>The story of languages is, by and large, one of extinction. Some estimate that in a hundred years only a few hundred languages will survive, as urbanization, globalization, and international media lead ever …

Linguistics

The Emoji Is the Birth of a New Type of Language (? No Joke)

Tyler Schnoebelen has discovered something curious about why people use the skull emoji. Schnoebelen is a linguist and the chief analyst for Idibon, …

Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built

Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world? An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a …

The Brain

This is how talking to a therapist actually changes your brain

Most people who’ve gone to therapy will tell you it’s a godsend, but a new study showing physical improvements to the brain after seeing a therapist …

To Defuse an Argument, Think About the Future

If you’re caught up in conflict with someone, there are a few practical strategies that can help you resolve the situation. These strategies include seeking compromise, taking the other person’s perspective, being humble, trying to forgive, and not casting blame. But personal conflicts are …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

South-east Asia

Intimate Photos Capture Flocks of Dancers at Rest

For his new series, Nir Arieli photographed motionless contemporary dance companies.<p>Visual artists from Degas to Rick Guest have found inspiration in dancers’ forms, and most of the time their work capitalizes on the kinetic heft of graceful bodies. But the works in photographer Nir Arieli’s latest …

Dancing

Pinhole Cameras Made from Twigs and Dirt Capture Hazy Landscapes

Adam Donnelly and David Janesko make site-specific pinhole cameras from dirt, leaves, and whatever else they can find.<p>Random piece of trivia alert: Today is World Pinhole Day. It falls just a couple of days after Earth Day, so now’s the perfect time to check out David Janesko and Adam Donnelly's …

Videography

Photography, Art, Design - Entertainment and Culture Magazine for Creative People

There’s no denying that Russia is a fascinating nation to watch, and just like with anything, Russians seem to have their own take on how you should …

Sperm Whales Found Full of Car Parts and Plastics

The shocking discoveries add to a mysterious string of sperm whale strandings around the North Sea since the start of the year.<p>Fishing gear and an engine cover are just some of the startling contents found inside the stomachs of sperm whales that recently beached themselves on Germany’s North Sea …

Cognitive Science

Sleight of Hand: Researchers Work Their Magic on Shrunken Finger Illusion

<b>What happens when you rest a chopped ping pong ball on your finger and look at it from above? Experimental psychologists from KU Leuven, Belgium,</b> …

I Play With People’s Minds By Illustrating Optical Illusions

Personally, I like Optical Illusions a lot, but most of them are not suitable to print on t-shirt.<p>I created a series of Optical Illusion art that can …

Quirky Bookmarks Look Like Tiny Legs of Literary Characters Sticking Out Between Pages

There's only one thing artist Olena Mysnyk (of MyBOOKmark) loves more than a great book: a quirky bookmark. To make reading more fun, the designer looks to her favorite literary characters for inspiration. Specifically, she looks at their feet, turning them into bookmarks that playfully stick out …

Harry Potter

Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn | Colossal

<p>Michigan illustrator David Zinn (previously) has brightened the streets of Ann Arbor with his off-the-wall (or technically <i>on-the-wall</i>) chalk …

A Glass Table that Appears to be Held Aloft by Helium Balloons | Colossal

<p>The UP Balloon Coffee Table designed by Duffy London cleverly creates the illusion of a glass tabletop supported by 11 helium balloons. You might …

Four Sets of Identical Twins Staged a Time Travel Prank on an NYC Subway

Most NYC subway riders are pretty blasé when panhandlers hit them up for cash between stations. When a panhandler announced he was collecting funds …

This Stretch of Route 66 Plays "America the Beautiful" When You Drive at the Right Speed

(Video Link)<p>It's called the Singing Road. Follow Route 66 west of Tijeras, New Mexico. Slow down to 45 miles per hour and drive over the rumble strip …

Gorgeous "Time Slice" Photo Collages Vividly Illustrate the Passage of Time

Since 2013, photographer and motion graphics professional Dan Marker-Moore has tracked the passage of time in cities around the world through gorgeous "time slices," collages created by digitally merging dozens of individual photos captured minutes and even hours apart. With each strip representing …

Hong Kong

Retired lawyer sues Israeli airline after she was asked to move seat

Renee Rabinowitz, 81, who fled Nazis as a child, says ultra-Orthodox Jew objected to sitting next to a woman on El Al flight<p>A retired lawyer who fled the Nazis as a child is suing the Israeli national airline El Al for alleged discrimination after being asked to move on a plane when an …

Dog Found Alive After Being Lost at Sea for 5 Weeks

A dog who was presumed dead after she went missing in the Pacific Ocean five weeks ago has been found alive.<p>Luna, a one-year-old German Shepherd, was …

Why Don't We Move Slower? The Value of Time in the Neural Control of Action.

<b>Why Don't We Move Slower? The Value of Time in the Neural Control of Action.</b>J Neurosci. 2016 Jan 27;36(4):1056-70Authors: Berret B, Jean …

PubMed

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

While researching the book <i>Cure,</i> science writer Jo Marchant wanted to understand how distraction could be used to nullify pain, so she participated in a virtual reality experiment.<p>During the first part of the experiment, Marchant sat, without distraction, with her foot in a box of unbearably hot …

Meditation

You really are becoming your mother: The science that confirms your greatest hopes and fears

A new study bolsters evidence that brain structure and mood disorders are genetically passed from mom to daughter<p>We often attribute key characteristics to one of our parents: “He gets his athleticism from his father.” “Her quickness to anger—that’s all her mother<i>.”</i> Whether the genetics are actually …

Scientists open 'black box' of schizophrenia by discovering potential genetic cause

<b>Alison Stewart, Pbs Newshour Anchor:</b><p>Medical researchers have discovered a gene that increases the risk of schizophrenia, a mental illness that …