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Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee: Ebola threatens to derail a decade of peace

When my 65-year-old mother visited my foundation’s office recently, she was covered from head to toe in a long winter coat and headdress despite it being 28C. She explained that she wanted extra protection against the Ebola virus.<p>As the outbreak worsened I urged my parents to leave Monrovia. But my …

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming

A computer program run by epidemiologists in Boston had already alerted key agencies of the U.S. government about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak four …

The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

Until this year, the world had recorded 1,640 deaths from Ebola since the virus was discovered in 1976.<p>Then Ebola appeared in West Africa.<p>So far this year, 887 people have died of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday.<p>To put that into perspective, more than a third of all …

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The Psychology of Language: Why Are Some Words More Persuasive Than Others?

<i>What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than</i> …

iPad and Record Mac Sales Boost Apple’s Quarterly Revenue to Highest Ever

Apple may have been fighting some lousy press in the past few weeks, but its third quarter earnings, released today, show that the company is still raking in cash. Apple might as well buy a currency printing press at this point: revenue was up 78% over last year, at $15.7 billion, with a profit of …

The origins of abc — I Love Typography

August 7, 2010<br>John Boardley<p><b>Where does our alphabet come from?</b> We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, …

A Compromise: How To Be A Reasonable Prescriptivist

Dear Language Peever:<p>Welcome to harm•less drudg•ery! You are here because you googled something like “literally killed English” or “different than is …

How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i> <b><br>Answer by Marc Ettlinger, Ph.D., linguistics, UC-Berkeley:</b><p><b>The challenge</b>: Unlike pottery shards, arrowhead …

Writing Systems

By <b>Irene Thompson</b> | Updated March 22, 2016 by <b>Irene Thompson</b><p>I<b>ntroduction</b><p>A writing system, also referred to as script or orthography, is a convention …

Early Indo-European Online: Introduction to the Language Lessons

Recent advances in determining the origin of western civilization and the settlement of Europe are based especially on findings in genetics, …

Language

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

How 10 Colors Got Their Names

<b>By Onna Nelson, University of California, Santa Barbara</b><p>1. English red<p>The Proto-Indo-European (PIE) word for red, <i>reudh</i>, remained largely unchanged for …

Relatively speaking: do our words influence how we think?

Shortly after New Year's Eve, I sat in a Berlin airport, clutching my head. Around me a few other English EasyJetters waited, too, listening vaguely to the German voice coming over the loudspeaker. One of my bleary countrymen turned to another and said: "They sound like they're angry all the time, …

Scientists Map What Your Brain Looks Like on English

Ever wonder how your brain distinguishes all the sounds in a language? How does it know “b” is different from “z”?<p>Researchers may now be closer to …

Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’

<b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to William Croft as William Cross.<p><i>You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes!</i><p>It’s an odd little speech. But if you went back 15,000 years …

The surprising benefits of ambiguous language

Should language be as clear and precise as possible? You might think so, but it seems that vague words and mixed messages might help you communicate better.<p>Listen, I’m going to be straight with you. Well, that’s what I’d intended, but already language has got in the way – you’re not “listening” at …