Highlighted Writings

A Layman’s Journey Through The Universe: Part I

Last year, I first read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, and I’m not the only one — to date, 25 million copies (or more) of it were sold, making it one of the best sellers in popular science. I have also watched a couple too many space movies, my favorites being Interstellar, Ad Astra and The Martian ...

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The Power Of Computation

When I first heard about Computation and Computational Science, I stopped for a moment and asked myself: “Do I know what a computation is? It has something to do with computers, that much I’m sure of. But do I know anything more?” The answer was no. As always, this drove me to ...

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Exciting Projects At The Intersection Of Video Games, Computer Science and Education

When you hear or read the words “video games”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Childhood memories? “Waste of time”? “Fun free-time activity”? “Something only kids use”? Personally, I have drawn some of these connections in the past (fun free-time activity), and some of them ...

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Game-Based Learning And 21st Century Skills

Game-Based Learning (GBL) is one of those things that kind of sound too good to be true. How could it be that games teach us things in an effective manner? After all, most of the commonly known ones are designed for entertainment. Furthermore, digital games are often made so that ...

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What Is Cognitive Neuroscience And What Does Its Research Look Like?

In my first two years of study I have come across Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, but Cognitive Neuroscience is a term I was not familiar with — until recently. Past Thursday I was lucky enough to get to talk to Ivan Simpson-Kent, a PhD candidate at the Cambridge Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. ...

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What Is Cyber Valley?

A couple of weeks ago, I was first introduced to the existence of Cyber Valley. My initial guesses as to what it could be included a) a newly released video game or b) a TV series. Hint: Both of these guesses are wrong — if you haven’t Googled it yet, see if you can get it right without checking. I later looked into it some more, and here’s ...

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