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How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

Teens say they cringe when brands use these 7 outdated slang words — here's what Gen Z is saying instead

In May, Subway Canada ran a poll imploring Twitter users to vote on their favorite bread. Or, as they put it, their "bread bae."<p>No one voted on it. Subway Canada has 135,000 followers.<p>To be fair, some theorized that the poll, which ultimately racked up 13,000 retweets, was fake and simply a PR …

Language

The internet sales tax is going to pummel small businesses

What do you do when making taxes fairer also means making them harder on the little guy?<p>On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and …

A Lost Secret: How To Get Kids To Pay Attention

Fifteen years ago, psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez ran a simple experiment. They wanted to see how well kids pay attention — even if they don't have to.<p>They would bring two kids, between the ages 5 to 11, into a room and have them sit at two tables.<p>Then they had a research …

Parenting

Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

"The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko," the research center says, informing the world about the death of a gorilla who fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language.<p>Koko, who was 46, died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Gorilla …

Robin Williams

The Curious Origins of 16 Common Phrases

Our favorite basketball writer is ESPN's Zach Lowe. On his podcast, the conversation often takes detours into the origins of certain phrases. We …

The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery.

Divers recovering artifacts off the steamship Pulaski have made an eerie find that gives credence to eyewitness accounts of the night the ship sank …

A Map Showing the Varied Origins of Predominant Accents Used In Specific Parts of the United States

In a lexical episode of Science Insider, narrator David Anderson maps out the rather varied origins of some of the most predominant accents that are …

A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

It might have hijacked our early ancestors’ brains.<p>I’m sitting in the sun on one of the first mild days of the spring, talking with a modern-day flintknapper about the origins of human language. His name is Neill Bovaird, and he’s neither an archaeologist nor a linguist, just a 38-year-old bearded …

Linguistics

Is This Inscribed Stone a Notorious Forgery—or the Answer to America’s Oldest Mystery?

Scholars will take a fresh look at the authenticity of a rock purporting to reveal the fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.<p>On a fall morning in 1937, an Emory University geologist was walking down a hallway in the alumni building when he bumped into a middle-aged man carrying a rock. The man …

Man scales building to save dangling child

A young Malian migrant is being lauded in France after he scaled the outside of a building in Paris to rescue a young child dangling from a balcony.

Turner Broadcasting

Texas high-school principal fires award-winning, nationally famous journalism teacher to rein in critical student newspaper reporting

Dallas-Fort Worth's Prosper High School has an excellent student paper, the <i>Eagle Nation Online</i>, with a most excellent advisor, Lori Oglesbee-Petter, …

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

The Brain

Farming explained in today’s world

Here's the Name of Every Senator Who Voted Against Net Neutrality—and When to Vote Them Out

A surprising thing happened on Wednesday: The Senate did something good.<p>Not only did it pass a resolution to save net neutrality but more Republicans …

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

If learning a foreign language seems to get harder and harder with age, it isn't just your imagination. A new study by Boston-based researchers, …

Language Learning

1200 Infographic Templates

Check out this huge bundle of 1200 infographic templates with depth!Designed by Oleksii Kolosov, this bundle is probably the biggest collection of …

Australia….

These Real-Life Walking Mech Suits Are Finally a Reason to Visit Disney's Avatar World

Sure, <i>Avatar</i> made $2.78 billion during its box office run almost a decade ago, but did anyone really walk out of the theater wanting to visit James …

Walt Disney Company

A UFO Abduction on the Streets of Dresden by OakOak | Colossal

<p>Here’s a fun piece in Dresden by street artist OakOak (previously) who also recently published a new book. You can follow more of his quirky …

Why Certain American Football Games Are Called ‘Bowls’

<i>Today I Found Out</i> host Simon Whistler dug through history to explain why certain american football games are called “bowls” in his latest video. …

What are the origins of country names?

We’ve taken on an ambitious task today: we’re looking at the origin stories behind the names (in English) of every single country in the world – …

Dominican Republic

The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers

<i>Human Rights is a key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the session on Issue Briefing: Human Rights in a Multipolar</i> …

Snowstorm Slams into the Northeast: Pictures

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New Close-Up Image of Jupiter's South Pole is Mind-Blowingly Beautiful

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has once again delivered stunning images of Jupiter, this time giving us a glimpse at the gas giant’s south pole. The image, …

How to access 375,000 beautiful, copyright-free images from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The sumptuous lips of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian queen’s face, and the plump belly of a 9th-century Mexican baby, are now at your disposal.<p>New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of works from its collection, with no restrictions on what you can do with them. The images, …

Art Galleries

‘Americans’

New Yorkers Band Together to Remove Swastikas Scribbled on Subway Car

On Saturday night, New Yorker Gregory Locke boarded the 1 train in Manhattan. As he settled into a car, he was shocked at what he saw: “a Swastika on every advertisement and every window.” Scribbled in permanent ink, the hateful graffiti alarmed the passengers, who sat silently and weren't quite …