Chinese writing: From complexity to greater complexity

The world's major writing systems have tended to simplify over time, with a notable exception: New research shows that the Chinese writing system has become increasingly complex over the course of its 3000-year history.

Crows able to understand the concept of recursion

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have found via experimentation that crows are capable of understanding the concept of recursion. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Diana Liao, Katharina Brecht, ...

Why the Dutch keep holding to the image of Black Pete

Analogous to Santa Klaus in the West, every December, the saint Sinterklaas brings gifts to the good children in the Netherlands. However, the latter is not assisted by a Christmas elf, but by what appears as a 'devilish' ...

LARPing has more intense effect than other entertainment

In season four of the Netflix series "Stranger Things," an alternate dimension "the Upside Down" bleeds into the real world. Now new research by the University of Sydney and Monash University has found this is a common experience ...

Research unveils evolution and seed micromorphology in Impatiens

The species Impatiens linnaeus is notoriously difficult to classify morphologically, and the semi-succulent stems, fleshy leaves, and extremely fragile flowers make it challenging to prepare good herbarium specimens. Compared ...

Will Smith: How films perpetuate the idea that women need saving

Two days after actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock in response to a joke about his wife, I gave a taster lecture to a group of year 12 students. I asked them if they agreed with Smith's actions and 58% of them agreed ...

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