linguistics

Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea), Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. (Photo: Getty)

How Animals Communicate

Humans and other animals are quite alike — we all just speak different languages. For humans, it’s about the spoken word. With animals, the language may have nothing to do with the auditory sense. It could be gorgeous, like Caribbean reef squid that communicate through colour patterns. Other times it’s…

Patrick Stewart Might Be Responsible For How We All Say Data Now

Patrick Stewart Might Be Responsible For How We All Say Data Now

Pop culture can have a huge effect on society, influencing how we dress, what we eat, what we say (“hasta la vista, baby”), and even how we pronounce certain words. Brent Spiner believes the way we all say the word “data” now was directly influenced by his Star Trek: The…

Origin Of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought

The number zero is something we all take for granted, yet its conceptual origin has eluded archaeologists and historians. An updated analysis of an ancient Indian manuscript is shedding new light on this longstanding mystery, showing that the symbol that would eventually evolve into the number zero emerged at least…