Pauline Cullen

838 Flips | 1 Magazine | 9 Likes | 1 Following | 1,125 Followers | @IELTSweekly | I have been writing for the IELTS test since 1995 and so far I've written 5 IELTS books, including the Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS, Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS, and my own IELTS Vocabulary app.  Find out more on my Facebook page: IELTS Weekly with Pauline Cullen or at www.ieltsweekly.com/

Here are all the different types of smiles, according to science

You’d be forgiven for thinking that counting the different types of smiles would be straightforward. It’s anything but.<p>In the mid-19th century, French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne wanted to distinguish real smiles from fake. Interested in the response of nerves and muscles to stimulation, he …

University of California

What everyone gets wrong about introverts — including why they are not antisocial or lazy

When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations.<p>But being an introvert isn't really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people. In fact, introverts can have some …

Psychology

Meet the anti-plastic warriors: the pioneers with bold solutions to waste

Among retailers and manufacturers, they talk of “the <i>Blue Planet</i> effect”. The BBC series, screened late last year, was the moment that many of us realised the catastrophic impact our use of plastics was having on the world’s oceans. Scenes such as a hawksbill turtle snagged in a plastic sack, the …

High Fashion

The Key to IELTS Success – free ebook

<b>After more than a year, I have finally finished my free ebook. The book is based on the advice I have given to thousands of IELTS candidates over the</b> …

In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better

It still feels magical to light up your living room by saying “Alexa, turn on the lights.” But with all the hype surrounding so-called smart things — everyday devices that are connected to the internet — it’s easy to forget that sometimes the dumb stuff is just better.<p>Tech companies are adding …

Smart Homes

Little kids think birthday parties actually make you get older

Adorable munchkins fundamentally misunderstand how times passes.<p>If you could avoid aging by refusing to have a birthday party, most adults would never celebrate again. Balloons and cake are a small price to pay for eternal youth.<p>To grown-ups, this all sounds like a big joke. We all know you can’t …

Turning lead into gold in the digital era

Transcript<p>00:00:01<p>>> If the digital revolution is going to consign anything to the dustbin of history, you might think that the humble pencil would …

Doodling

Compassion Can Be Cultivated In The Brain, Study Finds

It's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison's Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation -- where you practice feeling …

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

What is kombucha and how do the health claims stack up?

The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on supermarket shelves.<p>Many claims are made about the …

Your smartphone📱is making you👈 stupid, antisocial 🙅 and unhealthy 😷. So why can't you put it down❔⁉️

A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds<p>In the winter of 1906, the year San Francisco was destroyed by …

David vs Goliath: The tiny French consumer group taking on Apple

Behind France's criminal investigation into Apple's deliberate slowdown of its iPhones lies a tiny consumer rights organisation that has the world's …

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

Punishment May Not Be as Effective as We Think

A new social dilemma experiment shows that punishment is not an effective way to get members of society to cooperate for the common good.<p>The result …

Your Brain Catches Grammar Errors Even When You Don't Realize It

The pedant within<p>The brain does all kinds of amazing things while you're not paying attention (you know, like regularly remind you to breathe). But it's also engaged in less critical but equally interesting tasks, like correcting the grammar of the person sitting across from you at dinner. A …

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care

When Daniel Poston, a second-year medical student in Manhattan, opened the App Store on his iPhone a couple of weeks ago, he was astonished to see an app for a new heart study prominently featured.<p>People often learn about new research studies through in-person conversations with their doctors. But …

Digital Health

When Do People Actually Get Work Done?

If we’re going to be precise about it, work gets done at 11 a.m. on a Monday in October. At all other times of day, we’re basically slacking from our most productive.<p>Sustaining eight-plus hours of intense focus year-round is more of a Herculean pipe dream than a reality of the modern-day workplace. …

Time Management

Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive

<b>Published on</b> November 24th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 24th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of …

IELTS Weekly with Pauline Cullen

Another very interesting question from my recent talks in Vietnam was: 'It is believed that today's IELTS tests are harder than those in the past. …

E-book first draft of chapters 1 to 4 and Chapter 7

I wanted to share the first few chapters of my free e-book. These are first drafts and the images and links will be better in the final e-book …

Are you confused about thesis statements in #IELTS writing task 2? You are not alone. I've updated my writing chapter adding more information about thesis statements. 9 pages about task 2 so far and a lot more to come. I'll be grateful for any feedback as I'm writing. http://www.ieltsweekly.com/e-book-first-chapters/

Immature Architects Built the Attention Economy

A cadre of young technologists at Google, Twitter, and Facebook admit it: they didn’t think making smartphones addictive would make smartphones <i>this</i> …

"Do not write to please. Write to teach, to trigger thought, and to invite critique. How else can we collectively learn?" Discuss with @JohnAntonakis Editor of #TheLeadershipQuarterly for #AcWriMo2017 https://t.co/05jX9lhl9H

Nestlé Is Sucking the World’s Aquifers Dry

At <i>Bloomberg Businesweek</i>, Caroline Winter visits Nestlé’s bottling plant in Mecosta County, Michigan to analyze how the multinational corporations …

A Malaria Breathalyzer? It's Closer Than You Think

Seated before a table covered in a knit blue cloth, a researcher hands a young girl a peculiar device. Attached to one end is a small cardboard tube; …

Public Health