NPR Science: February 7

Week of February 7, 2011

Click on the logo above to go the the NPR Science site, or use the links below to navigate to one of the stories that I thought may interest you.

How Evolution Gave Us The Human Edge

Click on the image above to access this unique NPR Resources containing

  • 4 Interactives on Brewing a Human, An Upright Primer, Lost Cousins and Fossil Forensics (the last two are a small portion of the Smithsonian Human Origins Initiative)
  • A collection of 20 NPR audio stories previously broadcast on Morning Edition or All Things Considered that provide an eclectic and pretty comprehensive prespective on human evolution.  Topics include, skin color, walking and running, tools and weapons, diet, brain development, talking and language, culuture and belief systems.

I have not used this resource in class having just noticed it while preparing my previous post on the NPR Science site.  If you have used it before and have particular suggestions on its integration please share your experiences with a comment.

New Language Discovered: Prairiedogese

Reposted from NPR’s Morning Edition by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

If you learn a second language, there’s usually a moment where things click — you overhear some snippet of conversation and suddenly, you just get it, effortlessly.  Professor Con Slobodchikoff of Northern Arizona University has spent the past 30 years studying a foreign tongue. But there are no instructional podcasts or evening classes to help him: Slobodchikoff is trying to learn prairie dog.

View interactive media demonstrating some of the discoveries Dr. Slobodchikoff has made and listen to the 7 minute NPR Story at the following link.

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/132650631/new-language-discovered-prairiedogese

for those of you with access to prairie dogs colonies, it could be quite interesting to attempt to replicate Dr. Slobodchikoff’s.

Additional Links of Potential Interest

  • Video Clip on Dr. Slobodchikoff’s work from the BCC Program Prairie Dogs Talk of the Town
  • BBC Video Clip on Coyote Predation  Prairie Dogs

Steven Pinker Lecture

The following information on the Steven Pinker Lecture was cut and pasted from the KCPL Website.

What: Lecture on his newest book – The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
Where: KC Public Library – Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street
When: September 9, at 7pm

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