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Stunning Photos Capture the Dreamy “Heaven on Earth” Landscapes of Patagonia

Vienna-based software engineer Lukas Furlan honed his passion for landscape photography during a recent trip to Patagonia. Fueled by wanderlust, Furlan is an avid traveler who photographs diverse locations, from Vietnam to Iceland. For a little over two weeks, the self-taught photographer soaked in …

Patagonia

How to Learn a New Language in 90 Days

Fluency need not be a long process. This one tactic will prove that.<p>With summer rolling around, many of us are planning our holidays abroad. The easiest part is booking the tickets, but how about getting around the foreign city once you arrive?<p>While speaking the local language is not mandatory, …

Language Learning

Your DuoLingo Reminders

Hi, it’s Duo! This is your daily reminder to practice French!<p>We noticed that you missed your French lesson yesterday. Did you spend the entire day examining the size of your pores again?<p>Time for a tiny French lesson! <i>Baguette, fromage, saucisse</i>—hungry yet? No? We guess the only thing you have an …

Language Learning

Mindbendingly cool Mexican psychedelic music from 1981

I'm familiar with the psych music scene that emerged in the 1960s-1970s in some Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, thanks to …

Psychedelia

Robot submarine finds "holy grail of shipwrecks" with up to $17 billion in treasure

A 310-year-old Spanish shipwreck carrying treasure that might be worth up to $17 billion was discovered with the help of an underwater robot. It's …

Archaeology

'Exile In Guyville' Decodes Feminism's Generational Divide

I had a five-disc CD player in 1993, but the carousel rarely moved from a single position, which was where my copy of ”Exile in Guyville” lived. I listened to the first record by then-25-year-old Liz Phair on repeat. So did most people I knew, male and female.<p>Twenty-five years later, it’s still in …

Feminism

War of the Words: “Laurel,” “Yanny” and the Fate of Viral Vocabulary

Unless you live under a rock, or perhaps an extremely dense angiospermous tree, you have no doubt heard about the “laurel” vs. “yanny” controversy. …

Language Learning

8 Professional Translators Choose Their Favorite 'Untranslatable' Words

Readers tend to think of a translated novel as having just one author. While that’s technically true, each work contains two voices: that of the …

Language

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.<p>Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, …

The Brain

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

MIT Scientists prove adults learn language to fluency nearly as well as children

This week a new paper was published in the journal Cognition titled “A Critical Period for Second Language Acquisition” that used a new, viral …

Language Learning

M.C. Escher’s Mind-Bending Mathematical Prints Now Available Online

Today, you can find a wealth of optical illusion art with the click of a mouse. Before interactive videos and animated gifs, however, there was the mind-bending work of <b>M.C. Escher</b>, a Dutch graphic designer known for marrying mathematical precision with surreal subject matter. In an effort to …

Boston

A Peek into the Potential of Programming in the Humanities

This week I transitioned from language teacher to language learner. This would not be breaking news if the language in question were Polish or …

Teaching

Google Maps goes beyond directions

Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration.<p>“About a year ago, when …

Maps

This graphic designer reimagines the Orioles logo as owls and even blue jays

By Michael Clair @michaelsclair<p>Spend a little time in the annals of Baseball Twitter, and you're sure to see the famed account, "Other Birds as the …

Birds

Erasure Poetry with Google Apps

For the second time in a week, I’ve found inspiration from ESL/ELL applications and adapted it to my work in Spanish. Earlier in the week it was the …

Google Docs

25 Foreign Words With Hilarious Literal Meanings

Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language knows that translator apps, while helpful, aren’t always reliable. It's easy to tell when text has …

Language

Using Google Sheets to Spread the Language Love

I have spent more time than usual in Google Sheets recently, largely working on new student placement and signups for our biennial Seminar Day. Both …

Language Learning

Avengers: Infinity War Cast Sings a Marvelous Brady Bunch Theme Song Parody on The Tonight Show

The cast of <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> assembled on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to sing “The Marvel Bunch,” a catchy Marvel-themed parody of <i>The Brady Bunch</i> theme song.<p>…

Avengers: Infinity War

DeepCode cleans your code with the power of AI

Zurich-based DeepCode claims that their system — essentially a tool for analyzing and improving code — is like Grammarly for programmers. The system, which uses a corpus of 250,000 rules, reads your public and private GitHub repositories and tells you how to fix problems, remain compatible and …

Machine Learning

Font psychology: What the posters for Netflix’s top shows can teach us

When the day is done and you get to finally settle down for some sacred Netflix and chill time, how do you decide what show to watch?<p>There is no shortage of options to choose from on Netflix. I can’t count how many times I’ve sat there staring at the rows and rows of shows with no clue where to …

Typography

Spotify beefs up its free tier

Today at the Gramercy Theater in NYC, Spotify’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström announced a brand new free version of the Spotify mobile app.<p>By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly. That said, the free tier has always …

Playlist

How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence

The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Best Podcasts for Learning a Language

Credit: Maxx-Studio/Shutterstock<p>Thanks to podcasts, there's an unprecedented variety of resources for learning a language, available on demand. While …

The Great Aztec Temple

Temple 7.0<p>In 1978, utilities workers digging in Mexico City unearthed a colossal stone relief, depicting an unmistakable figure: the Aztec goddess …

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

A’s become first team in MLB to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day

OAKLAND — Civil rights activist and labor leader Cesar Chavez spent a majority of his time battling for better wages and working conditions for …

'World Make Way': New Poems Paint Classic Pictures

Pictures can be poems and vice versa: they're feelings captured in a phrase, a stroke, or an image. Leonardo da Vinci said, "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."<p>Lee Bennett Hopkins and the Metropolitan Museum of Art asked a number …

Art