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Brain Structure Can Predict Language Learning Ability
2013-01-23 06:18:56

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Washington (UW) that incorporated a brain-imaging technique on the whole infant brain revealed that there are certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus and cerebellum, that can help predict a child's language abilities when they are one year old. The researchers believe that their study is the first to link specific brains structures with language learning ability, and the findings...

Babies Learn Language While Still In The Womb
2013-01-02 09:44:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A groundbreaking study has demonstrated that newborns are able to distinguish between the sounds of their parents´ native language and a foreign language just hours after they are born. Previously, researchers believed that babies did not begin to recognize language differences until well after they had left their mother´s womb. Scientists have long known that the mechanical and cognitive equipment for hearing develop in...

2012-06-04 12:54:50

SEVEN PIONEERING SCIENTISTS have been named this year´s recipients of the Kavli Prizes — prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, and include a cash award of one million dollars in each field. This year´s laureates were selected for making fundamental contributions to our understanding of the outer solar system, the differences in material properties at nano- and larger scales, and how the brain receives and...

2011-06-21 14:50:00

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered remarks at the 2011 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Department of State. The former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, were jointly selected to receive the 2011 World Food Prize for their...

2011-06-06 19:15:00

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the White House today, President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office with the seven U.S. recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prizes to recognize and honor their seminal contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded -- astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110606/DC14848) Joined by the President's science advisor, John P. Holdren, President Obama greeted Kavli Prize...

2010-06-21 10:00:00

ST. LOUIS, June 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program today announced its second set of fellowship recipients, featuring seven women and seven men from around the world dedicated to improving rice and wheat breeding. Eleven countries are represented among the group, including three winners from India. Each recipient receives a full package of support to pursue his or her research. Recipients' projects include: enhancing resistance...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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