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Tilda the orangutan, relaxing between gabfests at the Cologne Zoo.
January 14, 2015 You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
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January 30, 2014 To understand speech, the brain has to quickly recognize the sounds used to form words. Researchers say that process involves groups of highly specialized brain cells that respond to individual sounds produced by the human vocal tract.
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Language may have evolved in concert with tool making.
September 5, 2013 A new study that relies on brain-imaging of cerebral blood flows suggests that human speech and complex tool-making skills emerged together almost two million years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King digs through the evidence and offers her own take on this age-old question.
February 3, 2012 Research on decoding language within the brain opens up new prospects for communicating with incapacitated people. Some, however, worry that it could also be a threat to privacy. Commentator Alva Noe says not to worry, we are already excellent mind readers.
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