Monthly Archives: April 2024

How does a couple break up? Mathematical anatomy of a fall

How does a couple break up? Mathematical anatomy of a fall

Anatomy of a Fall , the film by French director Justine Triet, winner of the Oscar for best original screenplay, uses the reconstruction of a body’s fall as a MacGuffin to carefully dissect the fall of the couple’s romantic relationship. protagonist, Sandra Voyter and Samuel Maleski. The process of breaking up the relationship that the film describes is not an […] … learn more→

Journalism students see an industry in crisis. It’s time to talk about it

Journalism students see an industry in crisis. It’s time to talk about it

It’s hard not to see the journalism industry as one in crisis. In February, Bell Media announced it was ending multiple CTV newscasts, making other programming cuts and selling 45 radio stations. Its parent company, BCE Inc., also announced it is cutting 4,800 jobs “at all levels of the company,” saying fewer than 10 per cent are […] … learn more→

Can AI read our minds? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried

Can AI read our minds? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried

Earlier this year, Neuralink implanted a chip inside the brain of 29-year-old US man Noland Arbaugh, who is paralysed from the shoulders down. The chip has enabled Arbaugh to move a mouse pointer on a screen just by imagining it moving. In May 2023, US researchers also announced a non-invasive way to “decode” the words someone is thinking from […] … learn more→

Digital textbooks expand learning for engineering students - South African study

Digital textbooks expand learning for engineering students – South African study

In the past four years it’s become increasingly common for part or all of a university student’s learning to happen online. This transition to digital learning platforms has highlighted the digital divide within educational contexts. In poorer, less resourced and connected countries like South Africa, this divide is not merely a matter of who has access […] … learn more→

How logic alone may prove that time doesn’t exist

How logic alone may prove that time doesn’t exist

Modern physics suggests time may be an illusion. Einstein’s theory of relativity, for example, suggests the universe is a static, four-dimensional block that contains all of space and time simultaneously – with no special “now”. What’s the future to one observer, is the past to another. That means time doesn’t flow from past to future, as we experience it. […] … learn more→

5 questions schools and universities should ask before they purchase AI tech products

5 questions schools and universities should ask before they purchase AI tech products

Every few years, an emerging technology shows up at the doorstep of schools and universities promising to transform education. The most recent? Technologies and apps that include or are powered by generative artificial intelligence, also known as GenAI. These technologies are sold on the potential they hold for education. For example, Khan Academy’s founder opened […] … learn more→

Do we have competitiveness in our blood?

Do we have competitiveness in our blood?

What is it that makes some want to stand out and call the shots, while others prefer to live in anonymity without hardly standing out? We have all met people who seem to have competitiveness in their blood and who take advantage of every opportunity to measure themselves against others. But can you really have […] … learn more→

New UK government guidance for PE lets teachers and pupils down

New UK government guidance for PE lets teachers and pupils down

The UK government recently published guidance for physical education (PE) aimed at all schools in England. The guidance is non-statutory, meaning it is not compulsory by law for schools to follow. Instead, it is intended as inspiration to help schools change their PE provision to benefit all pupils. Initially, this document seems like a catalyst for positive […] … learn more→

Is reading on paper the same as reading on a screen?

Is reading on paper the same as reading on a screen?

Screens have become a constant in our daily lives. From dawn to dusk, we interact with digital devices for a variety of purposes, including work, study, and leisure. This shift towards an increasingly digitalized existence prompts us to reflect on how screens affect our ability to concentrate. Do we learn the same, do we retain […] … learn more→