Year: 2008

Cloisters 22 — Winter 2008/09 Now available

Cloisters 22, the latest edition of our magazine is out now. It’s our Christmas edition, with lots more to get your brain teeth into, while your dentures tackle another mince pie. If you want to make any comments please add them to this post. Have a jolly old Christmas, and a romping New Year. We’re …

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Education is the key to long life.

Edna Parker died recently, aged 115 years. The Shelbyville, Indiana, resident attributed her long and healthy life to “more education.” She was a pioneer of women’s education, graduating in 1911 from Franklin College. The message is clear: sign up for a course now and live longer. More from Associated Press…

Online Learning Goes Deeper

Researchers at Indiana University have discovered an unsuspected benefit for online learners over those working in more traditional ways. It seems that the online approach lends itself to deep learning, a type of learning that goes beyond rote memorising and focuses on reflection, integrative learning, and higher-order thinking such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The …

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Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has just released its Treasure Annual Report at a special event in the British Museum. The scheme coordinates a network of Finds Liaison Officers who take reports from people who find ancient artifacts on their land or while out walking or metal detecting and, this year, they have 1,257 archaeological finds …

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Credit Crunch May Bring Cap On University Places

  Universities in England and Wales are warning that a funding shortfall will mean a freeze on extra places. The statement came in response to a letter from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, saying “at this stage” there will be no allocations of extra places until 2011. More from the BBC… However, there are …

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The Sun Is Waking Up

Solar physicists are happily tracking a new group of sunspots called Active Region 1008. This is something of a relief as the Sun has exhibited a long period of inactivity recently.

REMEMBER: never look at the Sun directly and especially never look at it through any kind of optical instrument. For tips on safe solar observing see the Spacepod site or take a course with the NCS Astronomy Department.