Study reveals humanities graduates' influence on Britain's economy
Humanities graduates played a large and growing role in employment sectors which brought about growth in the UK economy in the 1970s and 1980s, research has found.
Facebook to buy firm specializing in voice translation
Facebook has agreed to acquire Mobile Technologies, a firm specializing in voice translation software, the two companies said, without providing financial details of the transaction.
New evidence that orangutans and gorillas can match images based on biological categories
The ability to form a general concept that connects what we know about the members of a category allows humans to respond appropriately when they encounter a novel member of that category. At an early age, ...
Detecting program-tampering in the cloud
For small and midsize organizations, the outsourcing of demanding computational tasks to the cloud—huge banks of computers accessible over the Internet—can be much more cost-effective than buying their ...
Colombia natives get tablets to study in local languages
Some 3,600 indigenous Colombians who dropped out of school have received digital tablets to enable them to resume studying in their native languages, officials said Wednesday.
Indigenous sign languages protected in online dictionary
A University of Melbourne researcher has helped develop the first online dictionary of sign languages used by Indigenous communities across central Australia.
Correction: Documenting the Desano indigenous language of Brazil and Colombia
USC Dornsife senior Evangeline Alva travels to the Amazon as a research assistant of the Desano Language Documentation Project, directed by Dr. Wilson Silva, a linguist at the Rochester Institute of Technology ...
Facebook-WhatsApp deal one of biggest ever in tech
Facebook's purchase of messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock is one of the largest acquisitions ever in the technology sector. ...
Twitter study shows Africa is football mad
Posts about football topped Africans' tweets last year, trumping even world events like the death of Nelson Mandela, results from a study released on Wednesday showed.
Automating laboratory-on-a-chip to cut healthcare costs
A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate "laboratory-on-a-chip" technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus ...
Computer scientists decode birdsongs automatically
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections, which could be useful for expert and amateur bird-watchers alike.
Why marvellous isn't awesome any more
Using the Spoken British National Corpus 2014, a very large collection of recordings of real-life, informal, spoken interactions between speakers of British English from across the United Kingdom, Cambridge ...
Avatars make the Internet sign to deaf people
It is challenging for deaf people to learn a sound-based language, since they are physically not able to hear those sounds. Hence, most of them struggle with written language as well as with text reading ...
Dog or Dogs? When do children learn the difference?
Researchers at Macquarie University's Child Language Laboratory (in the Australian Hearing Hub) are one step closer to identifying a question that has long perplexed linguists and parents alike: when do children understand ...