Twins wave and point later than single kids

Gestures like waving and pointing go hand-in-hand with first words. A new study finds twins do both later than single-born children.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Should hormones get universal names across species?

Scientists advocate for cleaning up troublesome jargon by applying new standard nomenclature for the hormones known as oxytocin and vasopressin in humans.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
April 29, 2021 ~8 min

'Can I see your parts list?' What AI's attempted chat-up lines tell us about computer-generated language

Endearing and amusing, AI's faltering attempts at flirting show how far computer-generated language has come.

Stefanie Ullmann, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for the Humanities and Social Change, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 28, 2021 ~7 min

Cultivating ‘multilingual identities’ in schools could help reverse national crisis in language-learning

More young people may choose to study foreign languages to GCSE if they are encouraged to ‘identify’ with languages at school, rather than just learning

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 22, 2021 ~6 min


ÖSYM • osym
April 18, 2021 ~2 min

An interactive visual database for American Sign Language reveals how signs are organized in the mind

In American Sign Language, some words rhyme, some look like what they mean and some are used more often than others. A new database of these features paves a pathway for ASL research.

Naomi Caselli, Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Boston University • conversation
April 6, 2021 ~9 min

How your brain figures out what sentences mean

New research uses artificial intelligence to uncover the brain regions involved in understanding the meaning of sentences.

Kelsie Smith-Hayduk - U. Rochester • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~4 min

This Russian poetry speaks against authoritarian norms

"I believe that poetry, and language more broadly, is capable today of changing the world politically," says Galina Rymbu.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 8, 2021 ~9 min

Can the words you use reveal your politics?

People are better at identifying "Republican language" than "Democratic language," new research finds.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
March 2, 2021 ~4 min

Sign language for quantum science being developed at Harvard

Harvard’s Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and The Learning Center for the Deaf are working together to develop American Sign Language modules on quantum science topics for undergraduate students with the aim of increasing STEM opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Adam Zewe • harvard
March 2, 2021 ~7 min