Sixty Symbols Educates You Through the Power of YouTube

The good folks at the University of Nottingham have put together sixty videos on a variety of topics, aiming to educate you (the young learner with a rapt internet-induced attention deficit), on some of the most mind boggling facts and facets of our science.

In other words, we live in a very very strange universe filled with squiggly diagrams and improbability that approaches Douglas Adams’ metaphorical science fiction escapades. Everything from Schrödinger’s Cat, infinity, vuvuzelas, quantum tunneling and Feynman’s squiggly diagrams have been put up in a mysterious-looking site.


Each video has an assortment of nerdy scientists explaining each phenomenon in the most non-confusing way possible (which is a paradox in itself, because trust me nothing is crazier than quantum physics. Nothing). The scientists, however, have done quite a marvelous job at explaining these concepts fairly well, and the project page itself is quite friendly:-

Ever been confused by all the letters and squiggles used by scientists?

Hopefully this site will unravel some of those mysteries.

Sixty Symbols is a collection of videos about physics and astronomy presented by experts from The University of Nottingham.

They aren’t lessons or lectures – and this site has never tried to be an online reference book.

The films are just fun chats with men and women who love their subject and know a lot about it!

Head over to SixtySymbols to get your science fix for the day! (via ReadWriteWeb)

Govt. To Launch Websites For Investor Education

In order   to enable more and more common people or rather common investors to participate in the capital markets, the Government has decided to launch investor education Web sites in all regional languages.   The govt. feels that with literacy levels being low in Indian society, making investor education Web sites available in regional languages will encourage more people to participate in the investment process and thus increase awareness among common people.

Dr Manmohan Singh – the prime minister of India will launch these investor education Web sites today (i.e., December 14) as a part of the India Corporate Week 2010′ which starts today. The Corporate Affairs Ministry of India has already been holding a lot of investor awareness programmes across the country with this year the number of programmes being a whopping 3,000 as compared to the last year count of only 300.

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Learn Languages and Create Your Own Tests with EasyWords

apple [Windows] The other day I spotted this cool app at Snapfiles and I just had to try it out. I’m always looking for good free educational software.

According to the authors:

EasyWords is a free software that helps you memorize words very easily while learning a new language. The program asks you several questions while you spend your time by your pc, and teaches you the right answer if your answer is incorrect.

The software isn’t a big download and should work in XP, Vista and 7. However, it does require .NET Framework 3.5 to run. The installation is simple and does not require any personal information. Once it’s installed and it runs the first time, you will be asked to set the language that you wish to use (as shown below).


Next you’ll be prompted to either choose a dictionary or create one.



I decided to use one of the dictionaries that comes with it by clicking the Browsebutton.



I chose to try one of the German dictionaries to see how well I would do during the testing. After I selected a dictionary, I had to confirm the settings by saving them. At this point you should note that you can make EasyWords run when you start Windows each time. If you are serious about learning, you might want to consider letting it do that.


In the settings, I had chosen to have EasyWords ask me a multiple-choice question every three minutes. Just below is an example of a question that popped up.


When you get a wrong answer, it will show you the correct answer highlighted in green.


After several questions, I was able to open the EasyWords main screen to see how well I had been doing. I don’t know German, and you can see that I didn’t do very well.


Even though I didn’t do so great, I’m sure that if I had this running every day, I’d definitely be picking up German pretty easily. After all, isn’t that why it’s called EasyWords?

Later, I decided to create my own dictionary, just for fun. Here’s what the dictionary creation interface looks like:


Do you know the answer to this next question?


Here’s a hint for you. Which language did I chose to add to the new dictionary?

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Would you like to try EasyWords?


If you are interested in learning, take a look at some of our tutorials and how-to articles.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I love EasyWords. It’s easy to use and it’s simple to adapt for other types of testing. I have a feeling that I’ll be getting plenty of use out of it. The only thing about it that I wasn’t pleased with, was the fact that it requires .NET Framework. Even after considering that, I will still give this educational app a well deserved thumbs up.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)