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Why do human beings speak so many languages?

Why do human beings speak so many languages? | New Horizons | Scoop.it
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
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New Hypothesis Explains Why We Sleep

New Hypothesis Explains Why We Sleep | New Horizons | Scoop.it
During sleep, the brain weakens the connections among nerve cells, apparently conserving energy and, paradoxically, aiding memory
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The internet is running out of room – but we can save it

The internet is running out of room – but we can save it | New Horizons | Scoop.it
With more of us online, thirsty for media and information, we're nearing the maximum capacity of optical fibres, meaning the internet must adapt to survive
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How the language you speak changes your view of the world

How the language you speak changes your view of the world | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Bilinguals think differently depending on the language they're operating in.
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Using Wikipedia: a scholar redraws academic lines by including it in his syllabus

Using Wikipedia: a scholar redraws academic lines by including it in his syllabus | New Horizons | Scoop.it
One academic's experience on how Wikipedia can help students become better writers, better researchers and even better thinkers.
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Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Our primate ancestors could consume alcohol 10 million years ago in the form of fermented fruit, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests that our relationship with alcohol is ancient.
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How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere | New Horizons | Scoop.it
FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses technology, known as mesh networking, that could be scaled up to provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.
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Fantastically Wrong: Europe's Insane History of Putting Animals on Trial and Executing Them | WIRED

Fantastically Wrong: Europe's Insane History of Putting Animals on Trial and Executing Them | WIRED | New Horizons | Scoop.it
This is Europe’s shameful and largely forgotten history of putting animal "criminals" on trial and either executing them or, for plagues of insects, ordering them to leave town not only by a certain day, but by an exact time. Such irrational barbarism is hard to fathom, but as early as 824 all the way up to the middle of the 18th century, animals were held to the same moral standards as humans, suffering the same capital punishments and even rotting in the same jails.
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Brazilian mechanic creates light bulb using water, bleach and a bottle 

Brazilian mechanic creates light bulb using water, bleach and a bottle  | New Horizons | Scoop.it
With just a plastic bottle, water, and bleach, Alfredo Moser has found a way to produce a light that is up to 40 or 60 watts—stronger than some light bulbs.
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The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here's why it matters

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here's why it matters | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that
the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
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Study: Your Facebook Likes Alone Reveal Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and More

Study: Your Facebook Likes Alone Reveal Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and More | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Every little piece of information you give away online can reveal something about you—but it seems your Facebook likes could reveal rather more than you bargained for.
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Dying for work: the changing face of work-related injuries

Dying for work: the changing face of work-related injuries | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.
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What the writing on the (bathroom) wall reveals about sex and culture

What the writing on the (bathroom) wall reveals about sex and culture | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Unlike most images and text that appear public spaces, this graffiti is intended for the eyes of the same sex.
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Microsoft Just Took Android’s Future Out of Google’s Hands | WIRED

Microsoft Just Took Android’s Future Out of Google’s Hands | WIRED | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Microsoft partnership with open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS makes one thing very clear: Android’s not just for Google anymore.
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Alan B. Sielen | The Reverse Evolution of the World's Oceans | Foreign Affairs

Alan B. Sielen | The Reverse Evolution of the World's Oceans | Foreign Affairs | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Of all the threats looming over the planet today, one of the most alarming is the seemingly inexorable descent of the world’s oceans into ecological perdition.
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FireChat’s anonymous, off-grid messaging app arrives on Android

FireChat’s anonymous, off-grid messaging app arrives on Android | New Horizons | Scoop.it
FireChat is debuting today in Google Play, after a successful launch on iOS. Android users can now engage in FireChat’s hyperlocal messaging sessions, but they won’t be able to chat with iOS devices.
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How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Pro-democracy protesters are downloading a fast-growing app called FireChat to stay in touch. It has been used around the world during political unrest.
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Inside the Military's Secretive Smartphone Program

Inside the Military's Secretive Smartphone Program | New Horizons | Scoop.it
When I recently set out for the Pentagon's R&D department, I instead found myself in front of a downtrodden shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. I'd been navigating the old fashioned way—with my eyes—but when I pulled out my smartphone there it was, clearly marked in the Google Maps app: DARPA.
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Kill your enemy with a smart phone!

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How to build a SOLAR BOTTLE BULB

How to build a SOLAR BOTTLE BULB | New Horizons | Scoop.it
Light up dark areas in your home during daytime using this green and sustainable concept. Recycle used clear plastic soda bottles, add water+...
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