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How Neolithic cooking changed human language

World / Science & Health Mar 15, 2019

How Neolithic cooking changed human language

Changes to the human diet prompted by Neolithic advances in agriculture played a role in human jaw evolution that allowed people to pronounce the consonants "f" and "v," researchers say. Their work — which combines linguistics, speech science and paleoanthropology and appears in the U.S. ...

'Brain orgasms'? ASMR relaxation trend joins the pop culture mainstream

World Mar 14, 2019

'Brain orgasms'? ASMR relaxation trend joins the pop culture mainstream

Tapping fingernails that trigger goose bumps, whispers that send shivers down the spine: The brain-tingling world of ASMR has people clamoring for sounds that feel good. The auditory-sensory phenomenon, in which people experience waves of calm and pleasurable mental quivers that are often referred to ...

The mind distracted: Technology's battle for our attention

Business / Tech Mar 8, 2019

The mind distracted: Technology's battle for our attention

Between distractions, diversions and the flickering allure of a random suggestion, the major computer platforms aim to keep us glued to our screens. Now some people think it is time to escape the tyranny of the digital age. Everyone who has stared for hours at a ...

What makes female birds swoon? Big brains

World / Science & Health Jan 11, 2019

What makes female birds swoon? Big brains

Male birds are often the ones with the most vibrant feathers, or the most elaborate songs, but researchers said Thursday that what lady birds could really appreciate is a male who shows his intelligence. The report in the journal Science aligns with one of Charles ...