science podcast #108

Bilingual Babies, Bringing Solar Power to Tanzania

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This week: New research is revealing some fascinating facts about how bilingual babies learn their languages. Most of people in Tanzania don’t have access to electricity. Some people want to change that by bringing solar power to rural Tanzania. Also, our online conversation with Dartmouth business professor, Chris Trimble is still on. He’s talking about education and innovation in our latest Science Forum discussion. Join the conversation. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Pons)

Bilingual Babies: Janet Werker is a language researcher at the University of British Columbia,and she has been studying bilingualism in babies. I caught up with her after a session on bilingualism at the recent annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Washington D.C. She talks about what she and her colleagues are learning about how bilingual babies learn their native tongues. They’ve been studying babies in Catalan, French, Tagalog and English speaking households.
Guest: Janet Werker.
Watch these videos of Werker’s experiments with bilingual babies here, and here.
There are more videos here.
Read my blog post about the benefits of bilingualism.
More about the session on bilingualism at the AAAS annual conference.

Bringing Solar Power to Tanzania:Most of us take electric light for granted. For the most part, we flick a switch and the light comes on. That’s not the case in much of the world. The World’s Jeb Sharp reports on the promise and challenge of bringing solar power to rural Tanzania where most people still don’t have access to electricity.
Read a transcript of Jeb’s story here.
See a slide show of pictures from Jeb’s trip to Tanzania.

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