A programme to teach young children the basics of philosophical thinking in UK schools has been shown to help them progress in maths and reading. A new study evaluated the use of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme in which primary school children are guided through discussions of questions such as “Should a healthy heart be donated to a person who has not looked after themselves?” or “Is it acceptable for people to wear their religious symbols at work places?”
The programme is intended to help children become more willing and able to question, reason, construct arguments and collaborate.
Finding time to reconnect to nature may be difficult, but these three short clips are guaranteed to take only a fraction of your time. Equipped with high-tech cameras to capture magnificent scenery, time-lapse has taken the world by storm and the introduction of 4k technology improves these effects tremendously.
Although space travel has quite a few roadblocks before becoming accessible to the average person, a powerful computer may be all one needs to experience it now. SpaceEngine is the ultimate simulation program for astronomy enthusiasts and allows users to explore virtually anything in our known universe.
From black holes to distant galaxies, the program uses actual astronomical data to help generate uncharted territory with detailed renderings of stars and galaxies numbering in the trillions. A solo developer named Vladimir Romanyuk created it using a variety of textures, some of which are contributed by users.
While the Nobel Prizes are 115 years old, rewards for scientific achievement have been around much longer. As early as the 17th century, at the very origins of modern experimental science, promoters of science realized the need for some system of recognition and reward that would provide incentive for advances in the field.
Before the prize, it was the gift that reigned in science. Precursors to modern scientists – the early astronomers, philosophers, physicians, alchemists and engineers – offered wonderful achievements, discoveries, inventions and works of literature or art as gifts to powerful patrons, often royalty. Authors prefaced their publications with extravagant letters of dedication; they might, or they might not, be rewarded with a gift in return. Many of these practitioners worked outside of academe; even those who enjoyed a modest academic salary lacked today’s large institutional funders, beyond the Catholic Church. Gifts from patrons offered a crucial means of support, yet they came with many strings attached.
Blended into our modern world, Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov highlights classic images with photoshop inserts. His title "The Daily Life of Gods," paints a historical past in a truly interesting perspective.
Online gaming has taken world by storm, but as passions continue to ignite, revenge has become a sad part of it. Referred to as "swatting," players who are often hundreds of miles away from their opponents, find their addresses in phone directories and various services to track down unlisted numbers.
From hydro-electric dams to hydrogen powered vehicles, scientists for years have been struggling to figure out innovative ways to capture the limitless potential of water. Despite the shortcomings, new wave energy technology may be a unique approach to harnessing wave power in our oceans instead.
Hampton Creek, a tech-food startup that aims to replace animal products in food with more sustainable plant ones, has recently faced a slew of negative coverage accusing it of classic Silicon Valley hubris and overreach.
The media coverage of the terrorist atrocities of Friday November 13 in Paris would seem to promote an almost mythical image of the Islamic State (ISIS). What humanity needs, however, is to demystify ISIS as a criminal organization. And that need is particularly important in my community – the Muslim community.
The recent finding that telling lies induces changes in the brain has stimulated a number of misrepresentations that may wreak more harm on our understanding than the lies on which they report. CNN’s headline runs, “Lying May Be Your Brain’s Fault, Honestly,” and PBS reports, “Telling a Lie Makes Way for the Brain to Keep Lying.” These stories are based on a study from University College London using a brain imaging technique called functional MRI. The authors report that as subjects tell lies, activation of the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with emotion and decision making, actually decreases, suggesting that subjects may become desensitized to lying, thereby paving the way for further dishonesty.
A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.”
Since January, there have not been any planets to see in the evening sky. Instead, all five bright planets have been visible in the early hours before sunrise. But now Jupiter, the king of the planets, is making a return to the night.
Jupiter reaches opposition on Tuesday, March 8, which means that it sits in the opposite part of the sky to the sun. As the sun sets in the west, Jupiter will rise in the east and we will see the planet all night long.