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“Stumbling towards intimacy”: An improvised TED Talk

Marina J TED Subscriber “Imagine yourself on the stage where you have to talk for at least 10 minutes on a subject that was announced to you seconds before you go on the stage while supporting your speech by the … Continue reading

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meaning and origin of the British phrase ‘big girl’s blouse’ — word histories

1969—a weak, cowardly or oversensitive man—analogy between a cowardly man “in a flap” and an oversize garment hanging loose, fluttering The post meaning and origin of the British phrase ‘big girl’s blouse’ appeared first on word histories. via meaning and origin … Continue reading

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Speech Pathologist Sits Next To Autistic Boy For 8 Hours During Flight, Is Able To Make Incredible Progress On Communication

Sometimes everything just falls into place. Life works in mysterious ways. But sometimes everything just falls into place. When speech-language pathologist (SLP) Rachel Romeo was returning from a conference on a long international flight, there was a father and son … Continue reading

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BBC World Service – CrowdScience, Why do we pull faces when we concentrate?

We tackle the science of scowling, gesturing, and counting Source: BBC World Service – CrowdScience, Why do we pull faces when we concentrate?

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Sunlight Casts Shadows of Phrases Exploring Theories of Time in a Street Art Installation by DAKU

Pseudonymous Indian street artist DAKU recently installed an immersive text-based work in Panjim, Goa. Placed along 31st January Road, a fishnet structure suspends letters above pedestrians. The region’s abundant sunlight pours through to cast shadows on the street, spelling out tropes about … Continue reading

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The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of … Continue reading

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Paraguayans: The World’s Weirdest Latinos

What exactly makes Paraguay different? And why are they known throughout Latin America and some places beyond that as the weirdest Latinos? Today let’s look at the history of one of the smallest, but certainly not weakest, Hispanic countries; a … Continue reading

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The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques – Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Source: The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques

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15,000-Year-Old Words We Still Use

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An unexpected welcome — Happiness is …

Spotted on a walk past the Manchester Museum, this neon sign is a piece of artwork by Waqas Khan that means “welcome.” via An unexpected welcome — Happiness is …

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