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How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique

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The Feynman Technique

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Google ‘should be allowed in examinations’

It is inevitable search engines such as Google will be allowed in public examinations, including GCSEs and A-Levels, the head of an exam board says. OCR chief Mark Dawe told the Today programme allowing internet use in exam rooms reflected … Continue reading

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and … Continue reading

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This Will Revolutionize Education

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What has a PhD got to do with Philosophy?

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Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as PhD, Ph.D., D.Phil., or DPhil in English-speaking countries and originally as Dr.Philos. (for the Latin philosophiae doctor or doctor philosophiae), is in many countries a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities. The academic level known … Continue reading

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Newton’s Beads

These beads seem to levitate, defy gravity and jump out of the beaker. But how and why do they act like this? If you click on the link at the end of this short video you can find another video … Continue reading

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How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work

Magnetism seems like a pretty magical phenomenon. Rocks that attract or repel each other at a distance – that’s really cool – and electric current in a wire interacts in the same way. What’s even more amazing is how it … Continue reading

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Does being a bookworm boost your brainpower in old age?

New research suggests that reading books, writing and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory. The study is published in the July 3, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our … Continue reading

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How A Transmission Works

It’s rare to see a video from way back in the day that actually explains anything better than we could, what with our fancy computer generated graphics and the whatnot. This video from Chevrolet in 1936 though is probably one … Continue reading

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Plans for special week of lessons on Shakespeare

Children in UK primary schools are to learn about Shakespeare through drama, cookery and sport lessons. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is planning a Shakespeare Week, saying it wants every child in Britain to understand the playwright’s legacy. The week will … Continue reading

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New research helps explain why girls do better in school

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Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys—even when they perform worse on standardized tests? New research from the University of Georgia and Columbia University published in the current issue of Journal of Human Resources suggests that it’s … Continue reading

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Tube map used to plot Londoners’ life expectancy

A version of the Tube map has been produced to show how life expectancy varies from station to station. The contrast it depicts between Tube stops is stark, with the variation in life expectancies of children born near stations only minutes … Continue reading

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Coursera makes top college courses free online

Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng share a vision in which anyone, no matter how destitute, can expand their minds and prospects with lessons from the world’s top universities. That dream was joined this week by a dozen vaunted academic institutions including … Continue reading

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South Korea to Reconsider Plan to Drop Evolution Examples From Textbooks

The South Korean government is poised to appoint a new committee that will revisit a controversial plan to drop two examples of evolutionary theory from high school textbooks. The committee, to be led by insect taxonomist Byoung-Hoon Lee, a member … Continue reading

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Greatest science e-book ever created

[vimeo 41501484 w=640&h=370] Over at science e-book review ‘Download the Universe’, Carl Zimmer says he’s found the greatest science e-book yet created — and he just may be right. The book is Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy, and it’s an iPad app that … Continue reading

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Atlas for The Blind 1837

    The Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind was published in 1837 for children at the New England Institute for the Education of the Blind in Boston. Without a drop of ink in … Continue reading

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Color-coded text reveals the foreign origins of your words

Excerpt from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Your language is not your own. The words you speak have been borrowed, modified, and molded by the forces of linguistic evolution. And the sentences they form are not so much “English” … Continue reading

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TED launches a groundbreaking online education initiative

The folks at TED have announced their new education initiative. They call it “TED-Ed,” and it’s part of a brand new platform designed to “capture and amplify the voice of the world’s greatest teachers” in the form of short, sharp, … Continue reading

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Hand-drawn maps made by 19th-century school children

In the 19th century, it was common practice for American school children to learn geography by creating their own maps, painstakingly copying maps from existing atlases. The results are sometimes creative reinterpretations of the world’s geography. Although some students still … Continue reading

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