Could a friendly lip-smacking gesture give rise to something as intricate as human speech? MRI scans of monkey brains revealed this simple facial expression could be the precursor of speech.
Animals July 24, 2018
Speech problems may reflect not just less fluency and communication prowess, but also early signs of cognitive decline that could pave the way for Alzheimer's disease later on. Read on for the study details.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 18, 2017
Many babies and toddlers start to use mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads before they can talk. A new study revealed these children are at risk for delay in expressive language
Public Health May 5, 2017
New research showed that, while baby dogs answer better to dog-directed speech, their mature counterparts record no difference depending on the tone of voice. The research added evidence to studies trying to explain human-dog communication.
Animals January 13, 2017
Monkeys have vocal tract that make these primates anatomically equipped to talk. The key to acquiring speech though lies somewhere in the brain.
Animals December 10, 2016
A new study found that dogs use the same part of their brains as humans to be able to understand vocabulary and tone in speech.
Neuroscience August 30, 2016
A recent study has shown revealed that orangutans can mimic human vocalizations — a development that provides evidence that great apes can control their voices to learn new sounds.
Animals July 27, 2016
Incorporating music to your baby's playtime may potentially boost language and music skills, a new study revealed. Researchers say music and speech both have rhythmic patterns.
Neuroscience April 26, 2016
When it comes to stuttering, not much is actually known. A new study involving genetically modified mice, however, may change that.
Life April 16, 2016
The FBI has recently been pushing Apple to reveal its data encryption methods. Its director’s latest statement, however, seems to contradict what the FBI has been pushing for in courts.
Internet April 11, 2016
Researchers from Harvard University found that the ability of early humans to prepare their food well allowed them to develop the necessary facial and dental structure for speech production. In the absence of cooking techniques, even as simple as slicing or chopping raw meat made it easier for our ancestors to chew.
March 10, 2016
Human evolution has have been shaped by the consumption of meat. How could this correlate with modern language?
March 9, 2016
Concentrating on a demanding visual task can make a person momentarily deaf, as revealed in a new UK study. Researchers at the University College London called this deficit "inattentional deafness."
Life December 9, 2015
In Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night, the president ensured Americans that they will continue to disrupt ISIS, terror groups and their planned terrorist attacks. The speech was made four days after the San Bernardino shooting that killed 14.
Society December 7, 2015
Once again, the Internet turns to Mark Zuckerberg for his entrepreneurial milestones. This time, the Facebook CEO gives a 20-minute speech, delivered entirely in Mandarin.
Internet Culture October 26, 2015
A baby’s first word is a great milestone for parents. A new study revealed that infants’ monotonous babbling is driven by the child’s ability to hear themselves.
Life October 24, 2015
Donald Trump may not think that you are smarter than a fifth grader. A study showed that Trump gave his presidential candidacy announcement using language that corresponds to fourth-grade level speech.
Internet Culture October 23, 2015
Humans are so adept at recognizing familiar voices, they can identify a close friend or a relative with just two words. Machines may be capable of capturing speech information but humans are still better when it comes to voice recognition.
Life October 12, 2015
A drug currently used to treat cancer patients has been found to sharpen memory in experiments involving rats. RGFP966, an HDAC inhibitor, holds potential as treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Life October 6, 2015
At the Vatican-sponsored conference dubbed the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, His Holiness Pope Francis addressed over 18,000 people saying that families are important "factories of hope."
Society September 28, 2015
Paralyzed patients have difficulties expressing themselves and thus creating more anxiety. Fortunately, a group of researchers was able to invent a device that can help these patients communicate via breathing signals only.
Life August 29, 2015
Scientists are developing a higher-end technology in microphones, making it possible for robots to 'listen in' and isolate conversations amid noise.
Robotics July 2, 2015
A related study finds the same brain component to be dedicated to process nothing else but speech sounds.
Life May 19, 2015
Researchers are starting them young, turning to brain scans on toddlers with autism spectrum disorder to better understand speech and language development and the differences present in affected individuals.
Life April 10, 2015
Researchers have found that gibbons use over 450 distinct sounds to communicate with their fellow gibbons. The discovery could offer the best chance at understanding the evolution of human communication.
Earth/Environment April 8, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech is, of course, his 'I Have A Dream' speech, although the civil rights leader gave dozens of extremely well-presented and remembered speeches. Here are five Martin Luther King Jr. speeches you may not be as familiar with, given King's extensive oratory skills.
Society January 19, 2015
Dogs do not just process familiar verbal commands. They also try to understand the meaning of human speech based on the speaker's emotional tone and intonation.
Animals November 28, 2014
A woman who had trouble with balance most of her life and who only started to talk intelligibly when she turned 6 years old was found to be missing her cerebellum, the part of the brain involved in balance and some cognitive functions.
Life September 12, 2014
A study conducted with rats at UT Dallas shows that loud noises for long periods of time not only lead to permanent hearing loss, but also loss of the ability to distinguish speech sounds.
Life July 31, 2014
Researchers say babies are already understanding language differences as young as seven months old. And yes, that annoying exaggerated parent speak can help foster speech development.
Life July 15, 2014
A new research has overturned widely held belief that only one side of the brain is responsible for speech.
Life January 19, 2014