Israeli scientists have grown a functional heart muscle from skin cells. This has a huge significance for medical science and most of us, humans. Potentially, many of us will use partially lab-grown hearts when we get older to prolong our lives.
You may already guess why we think that Europe is the best place to learn languages. This continent is the size of the United States but consists of various different countries where many different languages are spoken (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Dutch, etc.). In fact, people who live in Europe are most times multilingual, and this doesn’t mean that they speak two languages. For a European person, it is common to speak three, four or even five languages. The geographical proximity of such different nations gives rise to a more natural cultural interchange. Europeans can choose to be in a different country in no time and on a very low budget (the flight from Paris to Manchester is only 45 minute long and costs about one hundred dollars). If you want to travel from one continent to the other one, a flight could take only 3 hours, (for instance if you travel from Manchester to Moscow, quite a good option for students who take Russian courses in Manchester). This means that if you live in Europe and you study languages, you could travel abroad to practice it in its own environment. Read more…
I wrote earlier about the world’s most dangerous road which claims 300 lives per year and people still use it. Well, here is a fresh video which shows how a bus fails to make its way through a narrow pass and falls off the road. I don’t know if the driver has survived, but I am amazed at how people risk their lives for nothing.
A powerful cyclone wiped out 1.3% of Sweden’s forest in 2005. The wood was collected and organised (think IKEA) into an open-air storage, 2.5 km long, 13 meters high. This made it the largest timber storage in the world. It holds 75 million cubic meters of wood. IKEA won’t run out of furniture any time soon.