Talking animals: we aren’t the only species capable of speech …

Ongoing studies show that some mammals and birds can mimic the sound of the human voice

Research published last month proved that orca, or killer, whales have the ability to mimic the complexities of human speech. Josep Call, professor in evolutionary origins of mind at the University of St Andrews, was a co-author of the study. He said: “I think here we have the first evidence that killer whales may be learning sounds by vocal imitation.”

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Poll: Which are the best dating apps?

Dating online is becoming more and more popular, and with so many out there, it can be hard to choose the best dating app. Which is why we wanted to ask you which dating app is best ahead of Valentine’s Day.

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Will playing Fifa create a new generation of smarter footballers?

We hear a lot about the dangers of video games but what if coaches used them to improve and inspire young players?

By Craig Shields for Nutmeg, part of the Sport Network

Football is a simple game and nowhere more so than at youth level, where children instinctively connect the dots and know to put the round thing into the net – or between the jumpers. In coaching, we tend to worry too much about how successful teams of yesteryear were formed rather than looking forward and taking advantage of modern methods and tools.

Youngsters don’t live in the same world Kenny Dalglish or Denis Law grew up in. City streets are no longer littered with footballs – at least in Scotland –but while children are now restricted in ways their fathers and grandfathers weren’t offline, they have greater freedom of expression and exploration online.

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