We all know about the so-called ‘Great Firewall of China,” the half-joking term for the barrier set up to prevent Western media from being consumed in China. And most of us assume there is a great deal of additional censorship with China itself. But until Gary King of Harvard University found a way to peer directly at the inner workings of Chinese censorship, no one knew exactly how it was done or what the Chinese were most serious about censoring.
Evolutionary biologists have been using big data and statistics to track the musical revolutions over the past 50 years and the results are surprising. The new research demonstrates that The Beatles may not have been as important to pop culture as previously suggested.
Greenland is melting fast, and that's bad news for sea level rise and other impacts of climate change. But The World's Ari Daniel, on assignment with scientists studying a rapidly melting Greenland glacier, says all that bad news doesn't make the world's biggest island any less of a wondrous place.
English speakers may not realize it, but the world is full of people who speak more than one language. A couple of recent studies show that we begin to develop our ear for language — or languages — long before we learn to speak.
Archaeologists have uncovered what might be the oldest battlefield in the world, in a boggy valley in northern Germany. The remains of hundreds of slain warriors and their armor and weapons have been recovered. The researchers say the find is changing everything that history knows about society and warfare in Bronze Age Europe.