12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

This week, we learned …

… Star Wars is really about feminism … and Jefferson … and Jesus.

Christ? Oedipus? Cyborg? Satan? Photograph by Voltordu, courtesy Pixabay. Public domain.
Christ? Oedipus? Cyborg? Satan?
Photograph by Voltordu, courtesy Pixabay. Public domain.

 

… nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson will step up to the periodic table.

The new elements are 113 (nihonium), 115 (moscovium), 117 (tennessine), and 118 (oganesson). Graphic by Sandbh, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
The new elements are 113 (nihonium), 115 (moscovium), 117 (tennessine), and 118 (oganesson).
Graphic by Sandbh, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

… how monsoon rains returned to lift India’s spirit and economy. (One assumes it played out like SRK, Madhuri, and the random singing children here.)

 

… the one simple question most people get wrong about college graduates.

What do you think the unemployment rate is for 25-to-34-year-olds who graduated from a four-year college? (Hint: for those with only a high school degree, it’s 7.4 percent.) Photograph by Kit, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0
What do you think the unemployment rate is for 25-to-34-year-olds who graduated from a four-year college? (Hint: for those with only a high school degree, it’s 7.4 percent.)
Photograph by Kit, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

 

… how Muslim scholars are in search of the Ramadan moon. (Let Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam tell you about it.)

 

… LeBron James and Serena Williams have nothing on Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest-paid athlete. (Watch this video to understand why.)

 

… before there were hobbits, there were smaller hobbits. (Not these hobbits.)

 

… an unsung hero of Western science speculated, two thousand years before Darwin, about “mutation according to place.”

Theophrastus was an ancient Greek philosopher, botanist, Photograph by Tato Grasso, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.5
Theophrastus was an ancient Greek philosopher, botanist,
Photograph by Tato Grasso, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.5

 

… black students are four times more likely than white students to be suspended.

Photograph by T Lanza, National Geographic
Photograph by T Lanza, National Geographic

 

… how and why British farming—unlike British manufacturing—survived globalization.

Wivenhoe Park, Essex (1816), by John Constable (of course), courtesy the National Gallery of Art (UK). Public domain.
Wivenhoe Park, Essex (1816), by John Constable (of course), courtesy the National Gallery of Art (UK). Public domain.

 

… the past is a foreign country to China’s memory manipulators. (Once Upon a Time in China … )

 

… South Korea is launching a “K-pop Academy.” In Mexico.

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

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  1. Congrats to Japan to be first Asian country which discovered an element. Hope for a good monsoon this year!!!!!!

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