Themis Theophanous

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The Book Thief

Based on its title, you might think that <i>The Book Thief</i> is a spy thriller or a Holmes-style detective story. But really, this is the emotional story …

Tourist Dies in Extremely Rare Shark Attack

The incident is likely the fifth confirmed, unprovoked shark attack in Costa Rica in the last 400 years.<p>An American tourist recently died off the coast of Costa Rica in a tragic shark attack—a deadly incident that is extremely rare.<p>The Costa Rican newspaper <i>La Nación</i>reports that the 49-year-old …

3.6-Million-Year-Old Human Ancestor Unveiled to Public

Assembling "Little Foot," the oldest hominid skeleton ever found in Southern Africa, was an effort that took more than 20 years.<p><i>Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry kit.</i><p>For the first time, a near-complete skeleton dating …

Duck-Like Dinosaur Is Among Oddest Fossils Yet Found

The exquisite fossil, which was rescued from poachers, is one of the few known dinosaurs that lived on the water.<p>More than 70 million years ago, a creature roaming Earth’s ancient wetlands may have looked like a duck and hunted like a duck—but it was really a dinosaur related to …

6 Amazing Caves You Can Visit Around the World

The earth has many beautiful wonders on its surface, but a surreal landscape lies below in caves. Humans have been exploring the earth’s pockets for …

New Zealand

Down The Rabbit Hole We Go! 300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries

I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an …

Documentaries

Simple ways to improve mood, according to psychologists

Jason Kempin / Staff / Getty Images<p>It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of …

7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have

Under-eye "flashlights," venom glands, claspers. Nature abounds with body parts that aren't found in humans.<p>We humans like to explore the world, but sometimes we even find surprises in our own bodies.<p>Take the mesentery, a membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall. A new study …

How 8 Weeks of Meditation Can Change Your Brain for the Better

You don't need to practice mindfulness meditation for years to see benefits.<p>For years, many entrepreneurs have been relentlessly touting the benefits of mindfulness meditation, from a younger brain to better decision-making. So why haven't you started yet?<p>Is it because you think it would be hard to …

Listen to this sound bath recording for some super-healing self care

<i>Sara Auster, one of the rockstars of New York City’s booming sound bath scene, has generously offered up a five-minute crystal singing bowls</i> …

Meditation

ESL Conversation Questions - Environment & Pollution (I-TESL-J)

Are there litter laws where you live? If so, what is the penalty for littering?<p>Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?<p>Do you think …

Environment conversation questions

You are free to use this material in class. For general advice on using conversation topics, see our ESL conversation questions article. For our …

This Is Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side

<b>A good night’s rest is so important to your health, energy and attitude. On a good night, we spend many hours resting and letting our bodies recover</b> …

Sleep

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The Most Haunted Places in the United States

Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling historical haunts.<p>In the spring of 1692, a dangerous hysteria descended upon the quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts, snaking through the community like an insidious virus. Over the coming months, a group of young girls claiming to be possessed by the …

Horror

Nanotechnology - an Introduction

Anybody who doesn't know much about nanotechnology should begin with geckos. These are the lizards that are probably the world's best climbers. …

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence can superficially be defined as 'the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions and the emotions of others'.<p>An emotion …

11 TED Talks that will teach you how be happier

The ideal approach, however, is far more of a mystery.<p>Thankfully, several TED speakers have researched how humans can achieve ultimate happiness and shared their findings with us.<p>Some of their tactics are surprising, and some are surprisingly simple, but regardless, each of these talks will bring …

TED Talks

The Truth Behind the Five-Second Rule Revealed

Step away from the cookie.<p>Throughout our lives, we are dogged by a question that challenges our perceptions of time and space: Is it safe to eat food you’ve dropped if you pick it up quickly enough?<p>The good old five-second rule. It’s been the subject of household debates and innumerable science …

The 9 Types of Multiple Intelligences - Which "Smart" Are You?

The theory of multiple intelligences, developed by Dr. Howard suggests that the traditional idea of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too …

Researchers Reveal 5 Ways To Gain Emotional Intelligence

<b>Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be strengthened, and it is an important one for building strong relationships with those around us, both</b> …

Emotional Intelligence

Neuroscientists figured out what happens in your brain when you finish someone else’s sentence

Do you finish people’s sentences, filling in the blanks before they do? It turns out this reaction is linked to memory, which isn’t separate from language after all, though scientists have long considered the two functions distinct.<p>A new study measured activity in the hippocampus, the part of the …

The Brain