What happens to your body when you are always on the phone?

What happens to your body when you are always on the phone?

What happens to your body when you are always on the phone?

What happens to your body when you are always on the phone?  As a society, we love our phones even more than we love each other. They hold our schedules, our contacts, our music, and our lives.

But what is all that phone time doing to your body?

It turns out, more damage than you think…

Weakening your immune system | 0:13

Messing with your head | 0:54

A pain in the neck | 1:40

Brain tumors | 2:10

What did you say? | 2:43

Bad for your vision | 3:08

Metal poisoning | 3:41

On average, people pick up their smartphone 221 times a day to do things with it. It’s no secret that we are getting more and more addicted to these handsets, but have you wondered what effect that is having on your mind and your body?

What happens to your body when you are always on the phone?

Scientists are definitely curious and have a few ideas about the ramifications of smartphone usage. You can measure your own smartphone usage to gather data about how often you check it, and then compare it with the smartphone addiction checklist to know if you have a problem.

An incredible 81% of us have our smartphones within arm’s reach nearly all the time, and one in five young people admit to checking their screens every five minutes.

Are our devices completely safe? We haven’t been using cell phones long enough to fully study long-term impacts and say using them definitively causes specific diseases. But then again, it took decades to prove a  surefire link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, too.

Now, I’m not suggesting we all ditch our phones … I rely on mine for so many things.

But the following findings may give you reason to take some commonsense cell phone safety precautions to minimize your risk.

7 Scary Things You Never Knew About Cell Phone Addiction

Are you addicted to your mobile phone? Find out here.

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What will humans look like in 1000 Years?

What will humans look like in 1000 Years?

What will humans look like in 1000 Years?

What will humans look like in 1000 Years? What will humanity look like in 1000 years?

About 10,000 years ago, humans evolved a tolerance to cow’s milk; over the past 150 years, we’ve added 10 centimetres to our average height; and over the past 65 years, we’ve added 20 years to the average lifespan, mostly thanks to advances in science.

We’ve come so far in such an incredibly short period of time, so what will we look like in another 1,000 years.

First off, we humans have a reason to be as smug as we are – our brains are so good, even the most advanced computer system doesn’t even come close. In fact, last year researchers used the K computer in Japan – one of the most powerful computers in the world –  to simulate human brain activity, and it took 705,024 processor cores, 1.4 million GB of RAM, and 40 minutes to process the same amount of data processed by 1 second of brain activity. 

But we might not always have an edge over the machines we create. 

Scientists predict that in the future, computers will not only match the computational speed of the human brain, we’ll also develop artificial intelligence that can speak, interact, listen, and remember. Let’s just hope they don’t use all that information to turn against us.

And as computers grow progressively more human, so too will humans become more integrated with robots. In the future, scientists predict that we’ll have minuscule robots called nanobots swimming around our bodies and enhancing our natural abilities. Known as transhumanism, this could see us no longer limited to what biology can be achieved, and the possibilities of that are pretty incredible to think about.

And it’s not just our own bodies that technology has the potential to completely change. As the video points out, ‘utility clouds’ of microscopic robots could assemble themselves into entire buildings and them disassemble just as easily. “Picture your house disassembling when you leave in the morning so that space can be used for something else,” says AsapSCIENCE. 

In the next 1,000 years, the amount of languages spoken on the planet are set to seriously diminish, and all that extra heat and UV radiation could see darker skin become an evolutionary advantage. And we’re all set to get a whole lot taller and thinner, if we want to survive, that is. Why? I’ll let AsapSCIENCE explain that one in the video above, but let’s just say global warming is going to have a much bigger impact on our appearance than you might think. 

Watch as we cover some cutting-edge innovations happening today. Thanks to the National Geographic Channel for sponsoring this video!


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To learn is to be free

To learn is to be free

An inspiring talk about learning by Shahmeem Akhtar

Shameem Akhtar posed as a boy during her early childhood in Pakistan so she could enjoy the privileges Pakistani girls are rarely afforded: to play outside and attend school.

In an eye-opening, personal talk, Akhtar recounts how the opportunity to get an education altered the course of her life — and ultimately changed the culture of her village, where today every young girl goes to school.


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6 Nations Rugby Six amazing anthems

6 Nations Rugby Six amazing anthems

6 Nations Rugby Six amazing anthems

The Six Nations Rugby tournament 2018 started on Saturday 3 February with the first match with Wales v Scotland from The Pricipality Stadium, followed by France v Ireland from Le Stade de France.

This year’s tournament promises to be a good one after the autumn internationals where Scotland showed a marked improvement.

Who can forget the performance that Ireland put in to beat New Zealand and then England beating Australia twice?

Everyone (as always) will want to beat England – 2016 Grand Slam winners and winners of the 2017 6 Nations on a roll of 23 matches unbeaten out of 24 played.

It looks to be a wide-open tournament – let’s get in the mood with some of those spine-tingling anthems.

Who do you think will win?

Can you predict the match scores?

There is a 1 year bragging rights for the overall winner of the match predictions!

Who will win The 6 Nations rugby tournament 2018?

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12 Language learning resolutions for any year

12 Language learning resolutions for any year

12 Language learning resolutions for 2018


It’s that time of year again, the end of one year and the start of a new one.

Time to re-invent, readjust and turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, start again with a clean slate.

In a couple of weeks the resolutions will be forgotten, in the past, as life takes over… oh well, let’s crack on, see you again in 12 months for the same old, same old – just kidding – I know you can do it!

If you are a language learner, then the feeling of broken resolutions may not be something that is unusual for you.

If you are learning a language, then you may have been influenced in the past by the promises of an easy fix.

Hold on, have I mentioned this before?

The reality for language learners, and indeed for any real, learning, is that you are in it for the long game and it just isn’t a spectator sport.

So let’s pretend that resolutions work for a moment – as some surely (rarely?) do.

But, let’s call them objectives, just for the purposes of this post.

So here are 12 objectives for (language) learners for 2018.

Why 12, you may ask?

Let’s think of one a month, a maximum of 31 days, and at best, only 28 days (29 in a leap year) to pursue the objective through to an end. In small, manageable, bite-sized chunks, which could then become a new habit for the better – stranger things happen at sea #Allegedly.

Most problems that language learners encounter are internal barriers and resistance to change. Many say that they just don’t have the time, but claim to be motivated to learn. Well, I’m sorry, but if you don’t make the time it just ain’t going to happen. Another of the internal barriers to learning is a resistance to changing old habits and methods of learning – if it didn’t work first time, then isn’t it perhaps time to try another way? There are many more limiting behaviours which form barriers to learning, but we won’t go into these here.

OK, let’s have a look at the 12 objectives for 2018:


1. Start a learning journal – reflection is a hugely important and effective tool in learning. Technically the name is “metacognition” or ‘thinking about thinking’. This is pure process time, that is often rejected by adults as ‘process’ isn’t ‘action’ and action is what we should be doing, no? This is where a learner records insights, thoughts and feelings about learning, which can be reviewed at a later date to monitor changes and personal growth. Learning something new and then reflecting on it can be a powerful way of fostering critical thinking and choice making in learning. It doesn’t matter in which form the journal is kept, although I would suggest a handwritten journal, however, it must be kept on a regular basis. Try this for 31 days (at least).

2. Listen for 15 minutes a day – Listen to the language for at least 15 minutes a day, 7 days a week for 31 days. Alternate the types of listening that you do and try to think (using your Learning Journal) how you listen in your own language. Don’t try to understand everything – for those that know my techniques, try the WH? question process. Tune your ear into listening to the music of the language – if you can’t hear it, you’ll never get to understand it. Try this for 31 days (at least).

3. Turn your Spellcheck off – If you write emails, or use Word – try to write without a grammar check turned on. You can always spellcheck after you have finished writing. Try to memorise the mistakes you make on a regular basis and rectify them gradually. A spellcheck won’t help you learn, only thinking about and then acting upon it will help that. Try this for 31 days (at least).

4. Read a newspaper in the target language – at least once a week have a look at an online or hard copy of a newspaper. Reading can help in sentence construction and vocabulary building, but can also give insights into the target culture. It is interesting to see how foreigners see the same story that you can read in your own language too. Try this for 31 days (at least).

5. Use a monolingual dictionary – Bilingual dictionaries are great when you need to find a particular word, but they are often limiting, giving suggested translations of a particular word. However, a monolingual dictionary will help in seeing the word in use in sentences and help develop vocabulary by building upon the word and its usage. Try this for 31 days (at least).

6. Listen to music – Download the lyrics of songs you enjoy. Listen to the music, a great way to build up expressions and work on your listening memory. Try this for 31 days (at least).

7. Seize opportunities to use the language – go to an ‘after-work’ where you can use the language. Even if this may be less than straightforward, in terms of your language skills, you will gain a great deal by listening and interacting as much as you can in a social setting. It will be difficult, but not impossible. Try to go to one every two weeks at least for a month.

8. Learn an expression a day – write an expression a day that you pick up from Internet, emails, songs or other sources. Put it on a post-it, just out of eyeshot, try to say the expression to yourself, check you have said it right and then try to use it when you have a chance to speak in the language. Learning expressions is more effective than isolated words of vocabulary as you can roll them out without having to fish around for each individual word.

9. Join Twitter – start interacting through simple messages with native speakers of the language. You will be surprised how easy it is and how willing people are to communicate and help with your language skills. You don’t need to be on Twitter 24 hours a day – try 10 minutes a day – reading and when you have the courage, post a tweet. Try this for 31 days (at least).

10. Take chances – don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes, if not too habitual, help us learn, as long as we are able to reflect and adjust. Take the plunge and speak when you get the chance – it may not be perfect, but that’s not what you are striving for at the outset, but it will be communication.

11. Set objectives – yeah, I know that SMART objectives are very 1990, but they are, in fact very useful. Set objectives for what you are going to do for the week – you may stray from your plan, that is fine, but at least you will have a plan. Just going at an objective pell-mell is not a good way to progress – if you plan to go nowhere, you usually get there! review your plan using your learning journal to see what works, and what isn’t working. Adjust, refine and change your plan, but always have one.

12. ENJOY! – Make a conscious effort to enjoy what you do. Don’t go looking at subjects that would never interest you in your own language, just because they happen to be in the target language. Do fun things, things that you enjoy or interest you. I know this sounds so glaringly obvious that I shouldn’t have to include it here, but it is surprising how many learners forget the fun-factor and end up learning very little and often give up. Try this for the rest of your life!

Try these resolutions / objectives – your 12 Language learning resolutions for 2018, one a month if you like, let us know how things are going or if you have any other suggestions in the comments.

Here’s the big one – Make Learning an Adventure!

Happy New You!


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The origins of Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day

Boxing Day is widely celebrated in countries that are part of the British Commonwealth. It’s origins are obscure, but they date back centuries.

In the UK it is a day where families get together and also a huge day for sporting activities such as football, rugby and horse racing.

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