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Who said these?

  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “You can observe a lot by just watching.”
  • “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
  • “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
  • “No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.”
  • “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”

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Puzzle of the day

A, B, and C are three towns, each connected by a network of roads. There are 82 ways to get from A to B, including those routes that pass through C. There are 62 ways to get from B to C, including those routes that pass through A. The number of ways to get from A to C, including those ways passing through B, is less than 300. How many ways are there to get from A to C? Continue reading

Photo by: Cambridge University
Artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, based on the original fossil finds.

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans – along with a vast range of other species. They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are “exquisitely well preserved”. The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and – eventually – to humans. Details of the discovery from central China appear in Nature journal. Continue reading


That is rank! Whatever happened to those good ol’ university rankings?

As someone deeply ensconced in education, I keep an eagle eye on the various rankings that are promulgated around the world, whether they be for UK, US or Continental European universities. Recently, though, I have become utterly discombobulated, flummoxed even disheartened. My alma mater, Edinburgh University, for example, is ranked 20th while Surrey University, where I did my Masters, is ranked 4th in the 2016 University league tables as per the revered Guardian newspaper. Continue reading