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  Study counters 'cradle of language' theory

Photo of article Most researchers believe that the origins of human language are found in Africa, in particular the south-west part of the continent. But a new study from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Germany counters this belief, claiming there is not enough data to support the 'out of Africa' hypothesis. The research is backed by the QUANTHISTLING ('Quantitative modelling of historical-comparative linguistics') project, which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth EUR 1.93 million as part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The findings of the study, presented in the journal Science, indicate that the search for the site of the origin of language is still on.

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Published: 9 March 2012


  Cell communication, the EU way

Photo of article European researchers are working hard at developing new approaches to cell communication systems that generate building blocks for biological computation devices. Biological computing addresses shortcomings that impact our lives including helping researchers devise more innovative methods for disease treatment. Scientists from the CELLCOMPUT ('Biological computation built on cell communication systems') project are providing insight on how complex devices consisting of two, three or more programmed cells can be designed and constructed, and are forming building blocks for such devices. CELLCOMPUT has clinched EUR 1.72 million under the 'New and emerging science and technology' (NEST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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Published: 7 January 2011



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