• Learning a foreign language can be daunting, but immersive training can help you sound like a local faster than you think.
  • The critically acclaimed Rosetta Stone language-learning method has been trusted for over 26 years and offers over 24 languages you can learn from your phone, computer, or tablet.
  • You can sign up for a one-year subscription and get access to unlimited languages for $99.99 (44% off) for a limited time.
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We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

A tourist generally has an eye for the things that have become almost invisible to the resident.

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On a double-decker bus from Dublin airport to Drumcondra early one June morning, a young lad stretched out on the back seat and started to rap.
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An ancient migration across the ocean was no accident

A new study shows that at least one long-ago journey would have required deliberate navigation.

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  • Historians have wondered whether ancient mariners drifted from Taiwan to Japan or navigated there on purpose.
  • The passage between Taiwan and the Ryukyu islands contains one of the world's strongest currents.
  • Thousands of buoys suggests that the journey was anything but an accident.
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Newly discovered mineral petrovite could revolutionize batteries

A mineral made in a Kamchatka volcano may hold the answer to cheaper batteries, find scientists.

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  • Russian scientists discover a new mineral in the volcanic area of Kamchatka in the country's far east.
  • The mineral dubbed "petrovite" can be utilized to power sodium-ion batteries.
  • Batteries based on salt would be cheaper to produce than lithium-ion batteries.
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Finally, a language app that you'll master in no time

Memrise's three-step approach is a game-changer for learning languages.

  • The benefits of learning a new language include becoming a better problem-solver, increasing your memory capabilities, and sharpening your mind.
  • You'll also gain a greater appreciation for the culture you're studying.
  • Speaking another language is considered one of the top eight skills required in all occupations.
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