It's Nobel Prize season. While scientists throughout the world will be awarded this prestigious prize, there's a good chance all of their research was written up in English. Michael Gordin, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, wrote a new book, "Scientific Babel" that explores the intersection of the history of language and science.
"Culture" is Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2014. The dictionary landed on culture by figuring out which of their most popular words experienced the biggest spike in lookups this year compared to last year. "Culture is a word that we seem to be relying on more and more. It allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group with seriousness," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, said in a statement. "And it's efficient: we talk about the 'culture' of a group rath
Drunk-dialing exes, picking fights with bouncers—alcohol's tongue-loosening properties are all too familiar. But it turns out that alcohol's ability to lower your inhibitions is also good for speaking a foreign language.