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Much has changed in the last month because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. And now, with the extreme social distancing measures—with no definite end—we're forced to take online classes exclusively. Make this transition easier and read our latest blog packed with SFH tips
Well, it's actually LIGO's fault. You see, they just recently proved the existence of Gravitational Waves, which Einstein predicted more than 60 years ago. That means any textbook that talks about space-time, gravity or black holes are now outdated. (A physicist named Allan Adams recently gave a TED talk about Gravitational Waves, if you want to learn more).
Whoever you are, whatever your SAT score and high school report card look like, you could take a course at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, or Johns Hopkins right this minute. These elite schools, among many others, have begun to offer open, online, not-for-credit courses to anyone who wants to take them. These are casually referred to as MOOCs, massive open online courses.
The college years are full of tough assignments, hectic schedules, and challenging social situations. It's easy to shrink back and become overwhelmed in that environment, but that can lead to regret later. Inspiring TED talks are always a good go-to for anyone who needs a bit of thought-provoking insight. The following eight talks are particularly helpful to college students.
When the last time you did nothing? Not bum around on the internet because you were bored. Not flip channels absent-mindedly. Not even try to fall asleep. Just nothing? It's been a while right? It's worth trying sometime. Once your brain stops screaming that you're wasting valuable time, you might start to appreciate the quiet.
According to an article published in the science journal Nature, scientists from MIT and Harvard have managed to observe light photons as particles. That means that while light doesn't really have matter or mass in the way we normally understand it, it can still ...
Kids are smart. Much, much smarter than we give them credit for. Most kids have an inherent curiosity, a craving for knowledge and a greater patience with the learning process than most adults. And curiosity is the most powerful force in education.
A recent study out of Texas A&M University concluded that sending hands-free, voice-activated text messages impairs driver reaction times just as bad as actually typing them out.
I have news that's incredibly disappointing to my younger self, age 3 to 9. Sadly, we'll never be able to build a real-life Jurassic Park, because of the half-life of DNA strands.