Nerdic: The Fast-Growing Language of Geek-Speak

Nerdic: The Fask-Growing Language of Geek-Speak

Wimax, dongle and mashup. They might be unintelligible to technophobes, but they are just some examples of the colourful vocabulary of Europe’s fastest-growing language: Nerdic.

Some call it “geek speak”, others use the term “nerdic”. Indeed, Pixmania, one of Europe’s largest electronic internet retailers, said on Friday that nerdic is Europe’s “fastest growing dialect”. It claims 100s of new words were added to the nerdic vocabulary in the past 12 months—more than three times the number the Oxford English Dictionary added to the English language. Researchers reckon it might be the next Esperanto.

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Fly Language Proves Surprising

Fly Language Proves Surprising

A group of researchers has developed a novel way to view the world through the eyes of a common fly and partially decode the insect’s reactions to changes in the world around it. The research fundamentally alters earlier beliefs about how neural networks function and could provide the basis for intelligent computers that mimic biological processes.

In an article published in the Public Library of Science Computational Biology Journal, Los Alamos physicist Ilya Nemenman joins Geoffrey Lewen, William Bialek and Rob de Ruyter van Steveninck of the Hun School of Princeton, Princeton University and Indiana University, respectively, in describing the research.

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