Learning foreign languages enhances our brain’s elasticity and its ability to code information, a study has found. The study mentions that the more foreign languages one learns, the more effectively brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. Researchers carried out experiments among 22 students (10 male and 12 female) where the brain’s electrical activity was measured with EEG (electroencephalography). The subjects had electrodes placed on their heads and then listened to recordings of different words in their native language, as well in foreign languages. When the known or unknown words popped up, changes in the brain’s activity were tracked and the researchers especially focused on the speed at which the brain readjusted its activity to treat unknown words. The experiment showed that the brain’s electrical activity of those participants who had already known some foreign languages, was higher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The more languages someone mastered, the faster the neuron network coding the information on the new words was formed. Consequently, this new data stimulates the brain’s physiology — loading the mind with more knowledge boosts its elasticity,” said Yuriy Shtyrov, researcher at the University of Helsinki in the study published in the journal Scientific Reports. “When we achieve better insight into the principles of creating and strengthening neuron networks, we will be able to harness these mechanisms, speed them up and improve the learning process,” Shtyrov added.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 5, 2014 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read In November of last year, Branson announced on his blog that Virgin Galactic, one of 400 Virgin Group companies, would begin accepting bitcoin payments for suborbital flights. A Virgin Galactic flight attendant was the first to purchase a ticket using BTC.Related: 50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin (Infographic)“Virgin Galactic is one of the universe’s most exciting, futuristic companies,” Branson wrote. “Bitcoin, the virtual currency, has really captured the imagination recently as one of the world’s most innovative businesses looking to the future. So we think it is about time Virgin Galactic customers can choose to pay with bitcoins.”Late last month the twins launched the Winkdex, a blended Bitcoin price index similar to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. And, according to the Winkdex, as of 5:22 p.m. ET today, the price of the volatile virtual currency was $658.82. The Winklevoss twins are going to space and it’s no surprise that they paid for their $250,000 Virgin Galactic ticket entirely with Bitcoin, something they’re rumored to have a massive stash of.The adventurous venture capitalist brothers, perhaps best known for their legal wrangle with Mark Zuckerberg over HarvardConnection — um, we mean Facebook — announced today they’re officially scheduled to hitch a suborbital ride aboard British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. The early Bitcoin backers, who reportedly own about 40,000 bitcoins (a cool $27 million or so in U.S. dollars), could blast off by the end of the year. At least that’s around when Branson says his pioneering private spaceflight company is expected to make its maiden tourist voyage into space.Related: Winklevoss Twins Launch Winkdex Bitcoin IndexWhile rocketing 60 miles above Earth at three times the speed of sound, the lucky brothers Winklevii will glimpse a killer view of our planet while experiencing weightlessness for a few minutes.Yeah, we’re pretty jealous, too. Maybe they’ll even float for a hot second or a few alongside fellow famous Virgin Galactic ticket holders, like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. The New York native former Olympic rower twins broke the big news, which is a welcome relief on an otherwise brutal news day for Bitcoin, on their own Winklevoss Capital blog today, complete with a celebratory “thumbs-up” pic of themselves bookending Branson.“Cameron and I have decided to use our bitcoin to take the plunge, or rather propulsion, into space,” the blog post reads. “Why? Because Bitcoin and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic are two technologies that meaningfully represent our focus at Winklevoss Capital — the reduction of pain-points and friction in an effort to build a better world.”Related: Preparing For Its First Space Trip, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Breaks Sound BarrierTyler Winklevoss later took to Twitter to humblebrag that he and his brother are officially Virgin Galactic “astronauts” 700 and 701.Happy to announce that @winklevoss and I have used #bitcoin to become @virgingalactic astronauts number 700 and 701 http://t.co/JSruUeb0Kh— Tyler Winklevoss (@tylerwinklevoss) March 5, 2014Branson returned the Twitter love by virtually welcoming the boys aboard the good ship SpaceShipTwo with this cheeky tweet: How will going to #space affect identical twins? We’ll soon find out! Welcome aboard the Winklevoss twins http://t.co/7PqgrSX8iS— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) March 5, 2014