Techniques from natural-language processing enable computers to efficiently search video for actions
With the commodification of digital cameras, digital video has become so easy to produce that human beings can have trouble keeping up with it. Among the tools that computer scientists are developing to make ...
Virtual humans, programmed to feel
A clenched fist thumps the air to emphasize a point; a sweeping hand signals the array of possibilities; furrowed eyebrows question the veracity of the politician's remarks. These are all examples of the ...
An odour lexicon: A group of nomadic hunter-gatherers in Thailand have multiple words for smells
"A sweet, flowery and oriental composition of scents with jasmine and May rose absolute" – this is how a well-known cosmetics manufacturer describes one of its most successful women's perfumes. A very sophisticated ...
Study reveals a way to improve chances of winning at rock-paper-scissors
Computer system automatically solves word problems
Researchers in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University of Washington, have developed a new computer system that can automatically solve the ...
How smartphone apps are revolutionising language learning
When the iPhone launched in 2007, few could have predicted the impact it would have on education. One of the most powerful developments in education has been the arrival of language learning apps.
Effects of meaningful peer interactions for non-native English speaking students
Amrita a 13-year-old Nepali immigrant, doesn't talk much to other students in her math class because, she says, she doesn't have many friends there.
Microbes provide insights into evolution of human language
Big brains do not explain why only humans use sophisticated language, according to researchers who have discovered that even a species of pond life communicates by similar methods.
Researcher finds hidden efficiencies in computer architecture
The computer is one of the most complex machines ever devised and most of us only ever interact with its simplest features. For each keystroke and web-click, thousands of instructions must be communicated ...
Hackathon team's GoogolPlex gives Siri extra powers
Researchers reveal relationships between rare languages in the Colombian Amazon
The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words. This list was compiled in 1969 during a brief encounter with one Carabayo ...
Perceptions of student ability, testing pressures hinder some science teachers
A survey of science teachers finds they support a new approach to science education, but they struggle to believe that all students are capable of exploring science using a method called argumentation, according to researchers ...
Japanese language inspires student to develop unique computer game
A love of Japanese culture has inspired a University of Derby student to design a computer game which teaches the language to gamers as they play.