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The experience that babies get from eavesdropping on their mother’s conversations in utero helps their brain tune into the language that they will learn to speak once they are born. Emily Nunnell/The Conversation CC-BY-ND

Curious Kids: how do babies learn to talk?

Using a sing song voice helps babies tell the difference between words like 'mummy' or 'daddy'.
One of the ways we work out what proto-language might have been like is by looking at languages which have developed from nothing in recent times. One of the best examples is Nicaraguan Sign Language. Unsplash/Jo Hilton

Curious Kids: how did spoken language start?

In the space of a few short years, deaf Nicaraguan school children created their own language. This example may give us a clue about how spoken language developed over thousands of years.
Phone calls create an opportunity for genuine exchange that written communication lacks. Flickr/PhotoAtelier

How landline phones made us happy and connected

The internet has revolutionised communication, but voice calls are declining in some demographics. And that means we may be losing out on a powerful part of what connects us to each other.

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