Linguists have a lot of largely untested theories. Borrowing a tool from ecology, researchers built a model that didn't look for one worldwide explanation.
Specialists offer a series of tips on how parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can help their children communicate with more people and in different places.
We haven't heard anything from alien civilisations, but perhaps they've heard us.
For many people, the gentle blinks of fireflies flashing are a favorite part of summer evenings. An entomologist explains some lightning bug basics.
Instead of worrying that emoji is replacing competent language use, we can celebrate that emoji are creating a richer form of online communication that returns the features of gesture to language.
Successful communication is about understanding feelings.
To solve our global problems we must learn to think beyond our tribes.
How intrusive can you be when helping someone speak to a doctor?
Research suggests that parents and babies communicate in remarkably similar ways despite striking variation in cultural practices.
Connecting with an audience in a productive way can mean first figuring out what they think, feel and believe before you start sharing your message.
If you're in a competitive environment, be wary of people looking you directly in the eyes.
A century ago, a three-minute call from New York City to San Francisco on a landline cost $500. Today, you can make the same call on a cellphone for a few cents.
Emoji may be becoming more inclusive, but greater engagement with those that they intend to represent is still needed.
Remote sensors allowed us to observe the in-hive activities of honeybees, which could be key to keeping bee colonies worldwide healthy.
Even the Voyager spacecraft are controlled remotely, 20 billion kilometres away. It takes 20 hours for instructions to travel from Earth to the spacecraft but we can do it -- using a remote.
Social media can be a great tool to keep in touch with friends – but if you are already lonely, it could make things worse.
Scientific ideas can get lost in forests of words that lack structure and overuse complex language. Just like Sleeping Beauty, they need rescuing.
Research suggests people with a high degree of rejection sensitivity are 40% less likely to take part in political debates online.
There's a lot we can do to make society more accessible for people with communication disability.
It's hard to know where to start. But using the right language can help.