Novus: Technology and Communications

Folium: Twitter and Language Evolution in Cities via NewScientist

Folium: Twitter and Language Evolution in Cities via NewScientist We’ve covered the genesis of new and interesting words before, but for the first time in human civilization we now have the capacity to watch the evolution of language in real time! In the past, and as recent as the last few decades, linguists would study […]

Folium: Humans ‘subconsciously mimic accents’ via The Telegraph

Folium: Humans ‘subconsciously mimic accents’ via The Telegraph Image via Wikimedia Commons My wife and I have a good deal of family down in the southern states (in an undisclosed location, but needless to say it’s definitely “south”). From time to time we’ll chat with the locals, shop at WalMart, and generally wander around. As […]

Folium: Breeze Your Way Through TSA Security via Gizmodo

Photo via AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser Folium: Breeze Your Way Through TSA Security via Gizmodo Hating on the TSA is an easy thing to do. The entire airport security process is known for being a slow, painstaking, and often degrading experience for all travelers. The TSA has incurred wrath from every angle imaginable, yet still […]

Folium: Meows of the World via zkotami

Folium: Meows of the World via zkotami Click the image above to embiggen! Did you know that humans aren’t the only ones to speak foreign languages! In language, we assign sounds to different letters of an alphabet, and then arrange them in different patterns to form combinations called words. While we have a pretty good […]

Folium: Language as a Window into Human Nature via RSA Animate

Folium: Language as a Window into Human Nature via RSA Animate Steven Pinker is a Harvard College Professor who conducts research regarding language and cognition. He has published seven books and has recently been a presenter for the nonprofit organization TED, which is devoted to “ideas worth sharing” from the realms of technology, entertainment, and design. (If you’ve […]

Folium: Blindside, a new “3D audio-only adventure game” for iOS via BoingBoing

Folium: Blindside, a new “3D audio-only adventure game” for iOS via BoingBoing Blindside is a best-selling game for iOS (iPhone, iPad) … with no graphics. And that makes it awesome. Here is the original tech demo, and if you got a pair of headphones I’d put them on! Blindside is a “3D audio-only adventure game” […]

Folium: Understanding The Design Behind 5 Of The World’s Most Recognizable National Flags via Directory Journal

Folium: Understanding The Design Behind 5 Of The World’s Most Recognizable National Flags via Directory Journal National flags are something, that today, we tend to take for granted. Every country on every continent has their flag, and even emerging factions establish flags as a standard of unity before governments are even thought of. There is […]

Folium: Bartering and Haggling in Foreign Lands via loraltravel

Folium: Bartering and Haggling in Foreign Lands via loraltravel There’s something about the art of the “deal” that is slowly fading into the recesses of American memory. We’ve become far too used to the price as marked, and quietly accepting the word of the vendor as law. Even most major car dealerships use fixed pricing […]

Folium: The Beauty of Learning Another Language via Thought Catalog

Folium: The Beauty of Learning Another Language via Thought Catalog The LEAF Project is fundamentally designed to supply the attentive language learner with interesting and applicable articles and educational resources. Above all else, LEAF is devoted to giving you reasons to continue diving into the depths of culture. I’m going to go out on a […]

Folium: Colours in Cultures via Visual.ly

Folium: Colours in Cultures via Visual.ly First of all, how could you deny any infographic that has the world “colour” in the title. It’s like a BBC documentary narrated by David Attenborough, it just sounds so perfectly classy. It would be a shame not to bring it up! This, of course, isn’t Folium’s forst foray […]