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Deaf Babies Hearing for the First Time

Late last week, a YouTube video of Cooper, a child who had been born deaf and received a cochlear implant to allow him to hear, blew up the Internet. He's not the only kid lucky enough, so here are more videos of children hearing for the first time. Guaranteed to make you feel better about the world.

Cooper

Here's Cooper's priceless reaction to hearing his mom's voice for the first time.

Marielle

Big smiles from this infant when she hears her dad's voice.

Tehya

Tehya is an amazing lip reader, but watch her reaction to hearing for the first time.

Jonathan

This 8-month-old is overwhelmed by the sound of his mom's voice.

Kevin

Fast-forward to the 47-second mark to see Kevin's awesome reaction.

Drew

Drew dances with joy when he hears his dad calling his name.

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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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