ResearchBlogging editor’s selections: exporting language, speaking with your mind, reversing streams, and money vs. happiness

  • More on Korean linguistic exports. Ingrid Piller at Language on the Move discusses an interesting project undertaken by a Korean organization: the “saving” of small languages by giving them a written form using the Korean Hangul characters. But does the project help, or make things worse?
  • How to speak your mind, literally. When I was a teenager, “cyberpunk” fiction was in vogue: stories about people with their brains linked directly to computers performing all sorts of shady tasks. In recent years, this has been moving rapidly away from fiction and into fact, though it will be much more useful to people with physical disabilities. Greg Fish at weird things discusses the state of the art in using the brain to control voice synthesizers.
  • On the 8th day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 8 streams reversing… Chris Rowan at Highly Allochthonous discusses geological processes that have reversed the course of streams!
  • Economists (don’t) prove that money can buy you happiness… And news outlets prove they’re crap. Can money buy happiness? Maybe, but recent research highly touted as making the connection really doesn’t. Michael Slezak at Good, Bad and Bogus gives some thoughtful criticism.

Check back next Monday for more “miscellaneous” suggestions!

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