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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

An orangutan named Tilda is providing scientists with fresh evidence that even early human ancestors had the ability to make speechlike vocalizations.<p>Tilda has learned to produce vocalizations with striking similarities to human speech, scientists report in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>. If you listen …

Earth - Did early humans, or even animals, invent music?

Chimpanzee lead guitarists are thin on the ground. The stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall sees few lemur violin virtuosos. Conventional wisdom has it that music is a relatively modern human invention, and one that, while fun and rewarding, is a luxury rather than a basic necessity of life.<p>This …

Squid Recodes Its Own RNA

Researchers at Tel Aviv University were not planning on shaking a pillar of Darwinism when they found something interesting: an animal that can …

Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

They may lie in, act selfishly and take risks, but research by a leading neuroscientist suggests that adolescents may be right when they say nobody understands them<p>Teenagers really get a bad time,’ says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. ‘It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable – even …

Raw Food Not Enough to Feed Big Brains

Eating a raw food diet is a recipe for disaster if you're trying to boost your species' brainpower. That's because humans would have to spend more …