8 Yale University courses you can take online, for free

"The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think," Albert Einstein said. So go back to school, Ivy League style.

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The idea of continuing to learn new things after leaving school is an attractive one, but one that can seem daunting. Finding both the time and the proper resources to learn something new can prove difficult, and leave us with unsatisfied curiosity. Even if we find a class we might be interested in, the cost can be prohibitive.

So, to help you curious cats out, we present 8 online classes from Yale you can take right now, at no cost.

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Researchers said this feat concludes “one of the major challenges in modern cosmology.”  

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First, a clarification. We haven’t found dark matter or dark energy, which together are thought to make up about 98% of the universe. In fact, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, we shouldn’t even call it dark matter, because we don’t know that it is in fact matter, or even what it is. He suggests we use the term dark gravity.

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Winston Churchill Believed We Weren’t Alone in the Universe, Newly Found Essay Reveals

Churchill displays a surprising amount of knowledge on a question that we are still wrestling with. 

Winston Churchill is admired for his statesmanship today. Few know he was also a science writer.

Today, Winston Churchill is seen as a cigar chomping, bulldog-faced leader from generations past, adorning offices and college dorms, where he displays a slightly jovial or else dead calm expression, and often, under his visage, stands a quote which inspires and heartens toward perseverance. Churchill was the rallying voice of the British people during some of the darkest days of World War II.

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