Think you've seen sand? You haven't seen sand.
Are these two laws universal throughout nature?
- Zipf's law of abbreviation and Menzerath's law seem to govern not just human speech but chimpanzee gestures.
- Fifty-eight individual chimp gestures were catalogued in a new study.
- Their presence points to an intriguing overlap between language and genetic chemistry.
- New research uses radiocarbon dating to create a timeline of the construction of 2,410 megaliths across Europe and Britain.
- The original builders were people believed to be solely hunter-gatherers who were actually also sailors.
- The megaliths studied go back 7,000 years.
Food is about to change.
- IBM's 2019 5 in 5 predicts major changes on the horizon.
- Food chain technology, from farmers' financing to desktop pathogen sensors, is about to explode.
- IBM and others have big ideas about reducing famine and food-borne illness.
I’m a writer, musician, and father living in the very upper Midwest with my wife, two daughters, three cats, and countless questions. I’m especially interested in animal rights, creativity, politics, the nature of things and time, and in making a worthwhile contribution. You can follow me @everyrobby.