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How computers translate human language – Ioannis Papachimonas

How computers translate human language – Ioannis Papachimonas

How is it that so many intergalactic species in movies and TV just happen to speak perfect English? The short answer is that no one wants to watch a starship crew spend years compiling an alien dictionary. But to keep Read more…


The secret language of trees – Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard

The secret language of trees – Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard

Most of the forest lives in the shadow of the giants that make up the highest canopy. These are the oldest trees, with hundreds of children and thousands of grandchildren. They check in with their neighbors, sharing food, supplies, and Read more…


How languages evolve – Alex Gendler

How languages evolve – Alex Gendler

In the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, all of humanity once spoke a single language until they suddenly split into many groups unable to understand each other. We don’t really know if such an original language ever existed, Read more…


How interpreters juggle two languages at once – Ewandro Magalhaes

How interpreters juggle two languages at once – Ewandro Magalhaes

In 1956, during a diplomatic reception in Moscow, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev told Western Bloc ambassadors, “My vas pokhoronim!” His interpreter rendered that into English as, “We will bury you!” This statement sent shockwaves through the Western world, heightening the Read more…


Where did English come from? – Claire Bowern

Where did English come from? – Claire Bowern

When we talk about English, we often think of it as a single language but what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? And Read more…


Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop

Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop

All animals communicate. Crabs wave their claws at each other to signal that they’re healthy and ready to mate. Cuttlefish use pigmented skin cells called chromatophores to create patterns on their skin that act as camouflage or warnings to rivals. Read more…


Music as a language – Victor Wooten

Music as a language – Victor Wooten

Translator: Marcia de Brito Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo (Guitar music throughout) Music is a language. Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression. They can be used as a way to communicate with Read more…


The language of lying — Noah Zandan

The language of lying — Noah Zandan

“Sorry, my phone died.” “It’s nothing. I’m fine.” “These allegations are completely unfounded.” “The company was not aware of any wrongdoing.” “I love you.” We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day, and we spent much of our Read more…


Aphasia: The disorder that makes you lose your words – Susan Wortman-Jutt

Aphasia: The disorder that makes you lose your words – Susan Wortman-Jutt

Language is an essential part of our lives that we often take for granted. With it, we can communicate our thoughts and feelings, lose ourselves in novels, send text messages, and greet friends. It’s hard to imagine being unable to Read more…


How do viruses jump from animals to humans? – Ben Longdon

How do viruses jump from animals to humans? – Ben Longdon

At a Maryland country fair in 2017, the prize pigs were not looking their best. Farmers reported feverish hogs with inflamed eyes and running snouts. But while fair officials worried about the pigs, the Maryland department of health was concerned Read more…