Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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Baby Talk: Bat Pups Babble Like Human Infants
Baby Talk: Bat Pups Babble Like Human Infants
Annie Melchor | Aug 20, 2021
By studying the vocal behavior of 20 baby bats from birth to weaning, researchers have identified striking similarities between how young humans and bats develop communication skills.
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Amanda Heidt | Feb 4, 2021
Chirp dialects appear to be enforced by the colony’s queen, but scientists aren’t sure how. 
Publishing in English Presents Challenges for International Authors
Publishing in English Presents Challenges for International Authors
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2020
When submitting manuscripts to Western journals, authors face issues that go beyond language barriers.
Men Promote Scientific Findings More Effusively than Women Do
Men Promote Scientific Findings More Effusively than Women Do
Lisa Winter | Dec 17, 2019
Male researchers are more likely to describe their work in publications using positive superlatives than their female colleagues are, a habit tied to more citations.
Do English-Only Policies Foster or Damage Inclusivity in Science?
Do English-Only Policies Foster or Damage Inclusivity in Science?
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019
Speaking a common language is key to a well-integrated team, but guidance is sparse on what—if anything—principal investigators should do about it.
Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Kerry Grens | Nov 20, 2019
A small study finds that patients who had half their brains removed to treat epilepsy have stronger neural networks than controls, perhaps explaining how they can retain language and cognition skills.
The Brain Interprets Spoken and Written Language the Same Way
The Brain Interprets Spoken and Written Language the Same Way
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
Neural activity associated with the meaning of words is independent of whether those words are read or listened to, a study finds.
Replication Refutes Study Linking Neuroimaging to Genetics
Replication Refutes Study Linking Neuroimaging to Genetics
Emma Yasinski | Sep 30, 2019
The original experiment found brain activity as measured by fMRI was tied to particular genetic variants.
Kids’ Brains Remarkably Plastic After Stroke
Kids’ Brains Remarkably Plastic After Stroke
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 23, 2019
A small study reports that, among children who had left-hemisphere damage as newborns, the complementary region of the right hemisphere appears to compensate and protect language development.
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Softer Diets Allowed Early Humans to Pronounce “F,” “V” Sounds
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 14, 2019
Drastic dietary changes during the agricultural revolution altered the configuration of the human bite, paving the way for new sounds in spoken language, a new study finds.
Duke Professor Urged Chinese Students to Speak English
Duke Professor Urged Chinese Students to Speak English
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 28, 2019
In an email, biostatistics professor Megan Neely warned students of “unintended consequences” from speaking their native language on campus. She has since left a leadership post.
Dialogue Improves Children’s Learning Abilities
Dialogue Improves Children’s Learning Abilities
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018
Regardless of parental income and education, children who engage in more two-way conversation with their parents learn better.

Language Gene Dethroned
Language Gene Dethroned
Shawna Williams | Aug 3, 2018
Contrary to earlier results, FOXP2 did not undergo a “selective sweep” as humans developed language, a study finds.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the July/August 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.
Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Shawna Williams | Jun 21, 2018
The primate was famous for her ability to communicate with humans.
The Wada Test, 1948
The Wada Test, 1948
Phil Jaekl | Nov 1, 2017
A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.
Singing In the Brain
Singing In the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017
His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.
Newest Life Science Additions to the Dictionary
Newest Life Science Additions to the Dictionary
Kerry Grens | Feb 8, 2017
Need help explaining CRISPR, epigenome, or rock snot? The Merriam-Webster dictionary has you covered.