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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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Antimatter

Each particle has a opposite form, its anti-particle, a discovery that has had wide-ranging effects

Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries

The Social Context of Science

David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

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

How the Brain Produces Language --and What Can Go Wrong

The science of neural networks reveals the awesome complexity of normal speech production and also brings help for language disorders.

How Glaciers Affect Earth and Climate

An explanation of the relationship between glacial cycles and climate change

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond

Harnessing the Bioelectric Potential of Cells for Regeneration

Can bioelectric signals in cells be exploited for regeneration of limbs and tissue?

The Youth Pill

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

"Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

The great potential of ordinary plants in the development of "green" batteries

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Mick Follows, Ph.D.

An interdisciplinary perspective on the biogeochemical relationships of ocean cycles

Featured Guest

Meet Chris Bowler, Ph.D.

A major marine and plant biologist who analyzes fossil plankton genomes to predict potenitial adaptabilty of modern plankton in a threatened environment