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October 10: Language Acquisition: How Many Languages Can You Learn?

The acquisition of even one language is very complicated. But there are some --called hyperpolyglotals-- who learn dozens of languages. How does the brain do this?


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The concept that all matter is composed of an invisible but fundamental entity was resisted for a very long time.

Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues?

Reconstructing the Evolution of Stars

How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars

Scale-Free Complex Networks: Albert-László Barabási, Ph.D.

a visit to the Barabási Lab at Northeastern University to learn how scale-free complex networks affect scientific perspectives

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

The Vital Role of Seagrass in Marine Ecosystems

A fascinating look at the vital role of seagrass in marine ecosystems

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning.

The Youth Pill

What are the possibilities of extending human life and good health?

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Jon Beckwith, Ph.D.

A great scientist's dual role as geneticist and social activist

Featured Guest

Meet Mara Prentiss, Ph.D.

A leading physicist explains how to implement renewable energy in the US --now!