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Determining Migratory Patterns of Early Humans — With Earwax!

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Earwax is mostly gross, but it serves a few purposes: protecting our ear canals from bacteria and dryness, assisting in cleaning and lubrication, and — surprisingly — helping anthropologists determine the [...]

What Does English Sound Like To Foreign Ears?

When hearing a language that you are not familiar with it can sound like a bunch of random sounds as we have seen before with this great example a funky, 1970’s rock song done by an Italian comedian; the lyrics almost sound like real words but aren’t. For native English speakers this series of video [...]