‘Tear down this wall’ was almost cut from Reagan speech

President Ronald Reagan's 1987 call to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" came close to being left unsaid.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history language rhetoric us-presidents united-states

Your brain builds abstract concepts with 3 types of meaning

Researchers have found the regions of the brain that help us form and process abstract concepts like "ethics" and "freedom."

Carnegie Mellon-HCII | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains cognition language

Exec’s words can signal red flags for investors

Machine learning can use the words that executives speak on earnings calls to flag investment risks like credit risk, future bankruptcy, and more.

Jill Young Miller-Washington U. | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business investments language machine-learning money

Deaf babies with Deaf parents have serious gaze skills

"Informal observations of Deaf infants interacting with their Deaf parents have suggested that these infants possess keen control over their eye-gaze behavior."

Kim Eckart-Washington | Oct. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology babies deafness families hearing learning parents sign-language vision

Good old days? Index charts national happiness since 1820

Analyzing 8 million books and 65 million newspaper articles let researchers measure national happiness levels from 1820 - 2009 for the first time.

Sheila Kiggins-Warwick | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture books data-science happiness history languages money wars

There’s a simple way to make healthy food appealing

"...in retrospect it's like, of course, why haven't we been focusing on making healthy foods more delicious and indulgent all along?"

Nathan Collins-Stanford | Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine decisions emotions food language taste

Computer model turns text into animation

A new computer model takes text describing physical actions and turns them into animation, which could pave the way for turning scripts into movies.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Sept. 10, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence computers film language robots

Bird call ‘building blocks’ mirror human language

The building blocks of bird calls from the chestnut-crowned babbler mirror the meaningless sounds that add up to form words in our languages.

U. Zurich | Sept. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds communication languages

Can hearing lots of languages offer the benefits of bilingualism?

Brain scans suggest that places with language diversity might offer monolingual people some of the benefits of bilingualism.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Aug. 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture brains cognition diversity languages

Algorithms find top 11 adjectives for men v. women in 3.5M books

Machine learning analysis of 11 billion words in 3.5 million books reveals a clear pattern in how we describe men and women.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen | Aug. 27, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture bias language literature machine-learning stereotypes writing

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