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NEZ, NOSE, NOLI
Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 14
Many human languages, a new study in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences says, use similar words to describe
the same thing, even in apparently unrelated and geographically
separated languages. “There does seem to be something about the
human condition that leads to these patterns. We don’t know what
it is, but we know it’s there,” said Morten Christiansen, co-author
and director of Cornell University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.
The New York Times, Aug. 29
A study in Pediatrics found that high school athletes who kept
playing just after a concussion took nearly twice as long to recover as
those who left immediately after a head trauma. Taking immediate
steps may actually help the athlete play more, not less, as resting
reduces the possibility of further stress and allows the brain to heal.
FAFSA TIMING IS EVERYTHING
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 15
Students now may use tax information from two years back in an
attempt to streamline the cumbersome Free Application for Federal
Student Aid. They’ll also get their awards earlier. But there’s a catch
— colleges with rolling admissions are struggling with new deadlines,
while others worry about a longer lag time between acceptance and aid
packages and actual enrollment.
CIT Y UNCOVERED
The New York Times, Sept. 19
A group of scholars called the Cambodian Archaeological Lidar
Initiative found whole neighborhoods in the ancient Cambodian city
of Angkor. Lidar, which uses pulses of light to show gradations in the
landscape, cut through the lush vegetation to reveal plots that were
once the homes of the people who built the city’s famous stone temples.
WHICH CAME FIRST?
Smithsonian, Sept. 15
The chicken or the art? Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen
has bred chickens for the past 20 years for his Cosmopolitan
Chicken Project. The bird, he says, is so much a part of humanity
that certain breeds can be seen as representations of culture.
Vanmechelen works with a foundation made of experts from fields
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24
Proxima b is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone around
one of our neighboring stars and a potential target for the
Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to build and send tiny
spacecraft to the nearest star system. Proxima b orbits Proxima
Centauri, about 4.2 light-years away from our own solar system.