Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Prison farming, the drunk history of Dolly Parton, MLK's 50th anniversary and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Mind Control Laptops, mobile phones, tablets, cameras and more can all be hooked up to the internet, and now researchers at the University of Washington have connected their own brains to the network. The experiment, titled “Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans,” allowed one researcher to control the movement of another researcher’s hand, even though the two were in separate areas on campus. By donning …

Language-Learning Tools for Kids

Digital aids give toddlers an edge in Mandarin and other languages

The statistics supporting bilingual education are hard to argue with—improved problem-solving and social skills as well as higher test scores mean that foreign languages set kids up for success across the board. The sweet spot for second language acquisition comes early on, so exposure in the first few years is critical. While scouting this year’s New York Toy Fair, we came across several innovative companies …

Haikubes

A game of syllables and language, Haikubes comes with 63 word cubes for discovering your inner poet.