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The moon landing: 50 years

It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11. The mission? To put the first man on the moon. Those men were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and they spent years preparing for the moon landing.  When the astronauts reached the moon, they collected 20 kg of rocks to discover what it is made of. Mostly, scientists…

The 100-hour MRI scan of the brain

Scientists just created the most vivid MRI scan of the brain ever made! Researchers did a post-mortem examination and scanned a brain for 100 hours to get detailed images of brain structures. These scans help scientists to understand how small changes in the brain cause mental illnesses like PTSD.  A new paper in Bio Rxiv…

Is There Anybody Out There?

There are no aliens on an interstellar rock flying around the solar system. This interstellar rock, called Oumuamua, is a very unusual cigar shape and caused a lot of speculation. Scientists from Harvard University thought it might be an artificial spaceship, because it accelerated as it was leaving the solar system.  A new paper in…

Learning Hacks: what you need to know

Over the past month we’ve posted a series of 16 Learning Hacks that explore some prominent myths with regards to effective learning. Before explaining each hack we asked you to respond ‘True’ or ‘False’ to a statement about learning. This post will summarise those responses, looking both at the myths that you dismissed for the shams that…

LEARNING HACK #16: Don’t cheat yourself

This post is part of a series challenging our assumptions about learning techniques. We’re giving you up to date information from current research into learning to help you learn more effectively. This is the final post in the series, so make sure to check out the previous 15 learning hacks too. It is better to…

LEARNING HACK #15: Repeat until you reach 100%

This post is part of a series challenging our assumptions about learning techniques. We’re giving you up to date information from current research into learning to help you learn effectively. Check out the previous post in this series and read the most recent one below. Spending a certain amount of time on a topic will guarantee…

LEARNING HACK #14: Cut out all distractions

This post is part of a series challenging our assumptions about learning techniques. We’re giving you up to date information from current research into learning to help you learn effectively. Check out the previous post in this series and read the most recent one below. Increasing our ability to multitask means that we can work on…

LEARNING HACK #12: Skip the easy things

This post is part of a series challenging our assumptions about learning techniques. We’re giving you up to date information from current research into learning to help you learn effectively. Check out the previous post in this series and read the most recent one below. When something feels hard to learn, it means we’re not learning…