Linguists are recognizing that, thanks to the Internet, “because” has jumped from being a conjunction to a preposition; probiotics may help cure depression; meanwhile, if Europe’s austerity is an indicator of America’s future, neo-facism is on its way. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Can Yogurt Cure Depression?
Mice that behave like autistic humans saw many of their symptoms disappear when they ate probiotics, the same kind of healthy bacteria found in many yogurts, CalTech biologist Paul Patterson has just told NPR.
In the end, about $1.1 billion of contemporary art were purchased during the two-day sale at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
‘Chernobyl Was Transparent Compared to Fukushima’
The operators of Japan’s devastated Fukushima nuclear plant have announced plans to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from the site, in an unprecedented operation that began Monday November 18.
How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?
When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory—those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago—are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories.