Science & Technology

Study Shows Brain’s Innate Capacity for Reading

The human brain is predisposed to visualizing words, even before individuals acquire literacy, according to a team of researchers at Ohio State University. Their paper, published in Scientific Reports, focuses on a region of the...

Language Learning Rewires Adult Brain

Adults who learn a new language may find reading and listening to their target language easier than producing speech, according to a recent study in the Journal of Neuroscience. In the study, researchers from...

Digital Divide Affecting Education Even More

New analysis shows 15-16 million kids—20% more than previous estimates—and as many as 400,000 teachers lack adequate internet or computing devices at home Southern states have largest divides, but even among states with smallest divides,...

Google Translate Launches Real-Time Language Transcription Functionality

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on his Twitter handle that the Google Translate app on Android is rolling out new feature called Transcribe that can live translate speech into another language in real time....

No Replacing the Personal Touch

Now that we’re about 25 years into the communication revolution and artificial intelligence has become the focus of the technology sector, predictions abound that faultless automated translation and interpretation systems will soon obviate the...

CDC to Colleges: ‘Consider’ Canceling Exchange Programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. has released guidance for institutes of higher education with students participating in foreign exchange or study abroad programs. The CDC suggests students consider postponing...

China’s Baidu Uses AI Understanding in Chinese to Learn English

China’s giant tech company Baidu, has surpassed both Microsoft and Google when it comes to AI and language learning. The company, which is sometimes referred to as China’s Google, achieved the highest ever score in the General...

The App Educating the Children of Pakistan’s Slums

A new app called Taleemabad is bridging the gap of students overlooked by traditional schooling in Pakistan. While 51% of people in the country are expected to own smartphones by 2020, only 52% of...

Quadrilingual Nuns Less Prone to Dementia

The ability to speak four or more languages may help reduce the risk of developing dementia, according to a new study of U.S.-based nuns by researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo. “Multilingualism and Dementia...

Customizable AI-Based Language-Learning Platform

According to Forbes magazine, the use of AI in education is predicted to grow by almost 50% by 2021, while many learners are looking for a more customized and personal approach. Lingvist, a language-learning app,...
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