This Woman’s Voice Makes World History Intimate to Millions in Spanish

Uribe in one of her history programs. Photograph shared on Google with permission for republication.   By Laura Vidal (left) / 08.31.2016 Sara Holmes (right, Translator) For years, Diana Uribe’s colorful and friendly voice made Colombians pause and listen. The world and its events seemed closer, and more lucid, because of her storytelling. The 57-year-old award-winning radio journalist and[…]

Why Being Bilingual Helps Keep Your Brain Fit

Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those who speak only one language missing out? By Gaia Vince / 08.07.2016 All illustrations © Nadine Redlich In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged[…]

The De-Reaganization of the Republican Party

Credit: AP/Reuters/Brendan McDermid By Dana Milbank / 10.06.2016 Washington Post Columnist Now that the GOP is the Party of Trump, could Democrats become the party of … Reagan? That’s a stretch. But Democrats are making a bid for the title. At Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, the 40th president was name-checked twice — both times[…]

Can Great Apes Read Your Mind?

Bonobo Jasongo at Leipzig Zoo has a hunch about what you’re thinking. MPI-EVA By Dr. Christopher Krupenye / 10.06.2016 Postdoctoral Researcher in Developmental and Comparative Psychology Max Planck Institute One of the things that defines humans most is our ability to read others’ minds – that is, to make inferences about what others are thinking.[…]

Writing in the Ancient World

A relief of cuneiform writing from Assyria. / British Museum London By Dr. Joshua J. Mark Professor of Philosophy Marist College Writing is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It is thought that human beings developed language c. 35,000 BCE as evidenced by cave paintings from the period of the Cro-Magnon Man (c. 50,000-30,000[…]

Rick Scarborough: Gay Marriage Has Made It Illegal For Christians To Serve As Federal Judges

Pastor Rick Scarborough By Kyle Mantyla / 10.06.2016 Vision America’s Rick Scarborough appeared on the American Pastors Network’s “Stand In The Gap” radio program earlier this week to discuss his effort to encourage pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote and declared that, thanks to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling last year, Christians are[…]

Bean There, Roasted That

By Terry Montague When we drink our morning cup of coffee it is not necessary to know that the beans used in your brew have travelled from remote mountains, passing through exotic ports, before finally leaving a brown ring on your newspaper. They move through many lands and many hands and are subjected to various[…]

Versatile Chemistry for the Red Planet

10.06.2016 When you need tools or parts for something you’re working on around the house, you head to the nearest hardware store. Space travelers don’t have that luxury and may have to make their own tools and parts on long duration missions like the journey to Mars. Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight[…]

Ancient Indigenous Memory Systems

Modern education systems use very different techniques to those of indigenous cultures.  Can we retain information better by using these ancient methods? By Cassandra Sheppard / 10.06.2016 Using Ancient Techniques to Train Modern Brains How much degradation of old people’s minds could be linked to the fact that we isolate them from their old songs,[…]