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11 insights that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives without improving their methods.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

What Makes Learning A Language The Best Exercise To Make You Smarter?

One of the most fundamental aspects of human beings is our ability to communicate in complex languages. While many people around the world are …

Trump Just Totally Ignored Science... Again

His latest macho brag could be dangerous, experts say.<p>Donald Trump doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to recognizing trustworthy science.<p>The Republican presidential nominee has made comments suggesting he thinks climate change is a hoax, immigrants are to blame for the spread of …

Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research …

The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.<p>All 13 cities are in Europe, although …

Duolingo made language learning fun. Can it do the same for language testing?

Of the 1.2 billion people on Earth attempting to learn foreign languages, 800 million have chosen to study English, and they are probably not doing …

How Spicy Food Changes Your Brain And Overall Health

Do you love to eat spicy stuff? What if you could feel great whenever you indulged in a curry or other hot dish, knowing that it was actually giving …

Why it could be time to ditch the lesson objective

Sharing lesson objectives with our students is essential, or at least that’s what we have all been told. But I have recently conducted some action …

Archaeologists discover ancient mosaic with message: 'Be cheerful, enjoy your life'

Archaeologists in Turkey have received wizened advice from beyond the grave after uncovering a unique 2,400 year-old ancient Greek mosaic.<p>The floor …

NASA Plans a Journey to the Ocean at the Center of an Icy Moon

Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic gets a new twist in a NASA proposal.<p>Jules Verne enthralled generations of readers with the science fiction classic <i>Journey to the Center of the Earth</i>. In this epic tale, Professor Otto Lidenbrock and crew descend into an Icelandic volcano in the name of science. Now, a …

New state of water molecule discovered

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is …

7 Ways To Learn a Foreign Language (Backed by Science)

I was raised bilingual and started learning a third language when I was about three years old, which means I am really fluent in three languages as …

The Return of Japan's Strangest English Textbook

Many Japanese think English is a difficult language. So why not make that linguistic grind enjoyable? That’s exactly what this odd little book does.<p>A …

A body-language expert reveals the No. 1 indicator of confidence and how you can cultivate it

A college student gives a presentation and reinforces her points with nods to her classmates and professor.<p>A businessman strides down the sidewalk and offers a smile to colleagues heading home.<p>What do these people all have in common?<p>They're skilled at making eye contact and, as a result, they exude …

Turn Tinder Plus Into a Language Learning Tool

Tinder may have a reputation as a tool for finding hookups, but the service can be used for other interesting things as well. With Tinder Plus, you …

Archaeologists To Study Shackled Skeletons From Ancient Greece To Understand Rise Of Athens

Not even four miles south of Athens lies Phaleron — a site unknown to most tourists. A port of Athens in classical times, Phaleron also boasts one of the largest cemeteries ever excavated in Greece, containing more than 1,500 skeletons. Dating to the 8th-5th centuries BC, Phaleron is significant …

Archaeology

How to Read a Book Which Isn't Written in Your Native Language

1<p><b>Start with something short and fun.</b> Unless a specific book was assigned to you, always pick a book you enjoy. Children's picture books are great …

Scientists Just Discovered a Black Hole That's Blasting The Fastest 'Space Wind' in The Known Universe

Wind speeds of 200 million km/h.<p>Astronomers have discovered the fastest ultraviolet winds ever recorded in the Universe, swirling around a …

Computer Coding Should Not Replace Learning A Language

0<p>SHARES<p>In a rapidly evolving economy, learning how to code has become one of the most advantageous skills in securing a quality job. Some schools are …

Feed me English: Commensality and Learning Foreign Languages

When I was 16, I traveled by myself for the first time. I took the train from Rome to London and spent three weeks with a local family to improve my English. The whole experience was life-changing, as it forced me to deal with a strange environment, behaviors that at time did not make much sense, a …

Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.<p>The entrance to the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural …

McDonald's anime ad needs five seasons and a movie

A coming-of-age story under the Golden Arches<p>You aren’t wrong to think of McDonald's as a sprawling American corporation peddling fatty burgers. But what if McDonalds — and its impossibly commoditized design — is also the perfect anime coming-of-age setting? Well, McDonald's new "Crew ni Narō" …

English Language Privilege: On Translation and Culture

I speak four different languages, which opens up my literary world a whole bunch. I often think about how differently books translate from one …

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also …

Teaching

Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills

English teacher Michael Godsey is an early adopter of podcasts as a teaching tool in his high school. At first he used episodes of <i>This American Life</i> …

Iron Age man found buried with spears sticking out of him 'like a hedgehog'

The Pocklington burial site is now recognised as being on international importance<p>The body of young man buried with spears sticking out of his body ‘like a hedgehog’ is one of the more bizarre findings of a recently discovered Iron Age burial site in Yorkshire.<p>The Pocklington site, which is now …

Archaeology

Astronomers Discover Colossal 'Super Spiral' Galaxies

A strange new kind of galactic beast has been spotted in the cosmic wilderness. Dubbed "super spirals," these unprecedented galaxies dwarf our own …

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe