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New Delhi: A study done at the McGill University in Canada revealed why it is easy for some people to learn a foreign language but not for others. The study suggested that some people’s brains are not able to retain the linguistic skills like others and it happens if there is a lack of communication between the left anterior operculum and the left superior temporal gyrus.

Scientists said that with the study of the difference, it can be predicted who will learn a language quicker and who will not.

A lot of it depends on how much communication happens between the language centers of the brain while a human is resting. This is why the amount of proper sleep is very important.

However, the researchers also said that it is not the only thing that impacts the learning skills of a person. The brain can be manipulated and shaped with the learning and experiences a person has in his life over a time period.

This study proves a socio-political thing that why the native or the local language is so important for a human. Because everyone learns their local language from the time they are in the womb of their mother. It is the first language they learn because it is what they listen first.

Now with cultural impearilism in a country like India, English replaced the mother language and that impacted the life of a common Indian. Not only it was tough to learn English but it brought a feeling of inferiorirty complex into the minds of people which unfortunately still exist.

The worst impacted are the middle-class people of the country. These people have the desire to achieve a higher social status and somehow they think that learning English can be helpful in this bid. Even if they are not comfortable with English, they would not use their mother tongue for example in an MNC restauarant or store.

The importance of local language in the development of a perosn’s life is extremely huge and it cannot be undermined to appease the imperial interests.

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NASA’s Kepler Discovers Nearly 100 New Exoplanets

NASA researchers found that some of the signals were caused by multiple star systems or noise from the spacecraft

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Countless galaxies exist in the universe, each hiding secrets that humankind is yet to unearth. Pixabay
  • NASA’s Kepler has discovered nearly 100 new exoplanets
  • Some of the planets discovered are as large as Jupiter
  • NASA has also found planet which orbits very bright stars

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets — planets located outside our solar system.

The discovery was based on data from the second mission of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014.

NASA has discovered nearly 100 exoplanets. Wikimedia Commons
NASA has discovered nearly 100 exoplanets. Wikimedia Commons

K2 searches for exoplanet transits by registering dips in light caused by the shadow of an exoplanet as it crosses in front of its host star.

NASA researchers found that some of the signals were caused by multiple star systems or noise from the spacecraft.

But they also detected planets that range from sub-Earth-sized to the size of Jupiter and larger.

Also Read: Milky Way’s neighbouring galaxy is of the same size, not bigger

One of the planets detected was orbiting a very bright star.

“We validated a planet on a 10-day orbit around a star called HD 212657, which is now the brightest star found by K2 missions to host a validated planet,” said lead author Andrew Mayo, a doctoral student at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark.

Some of the planets found are as big as Jupiter. VOA
Some of the planets found are as big as Jupiter. VOA

For the study, appearing in the Astronomical Journal, the team started out analyzing 275 candidates of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets.

In turn 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries, Mayo said.

The Kepler spacecraft was first launched in 2009 to hunt for exoplanets in a single patch of sky, but in 2013 a mechanical failure crippled the telescope.

NASA has found many planets before as well. Wikimedia Commons
NASA has found many planets before as well. Wikimedia Commons

However, astronomers and engineers devised a way to repurpose and save the space telescope by changing its field of view periodically. This solution paved the way for the follow up K2 mission.

Adding the newly discovered exoplanets brings the total number of exoplanets by K2 mission to almost 300, the study said.

Also Read: NASA sounding rocket probing dark regions of space falter

The first planet orbiting a star similar to our own Sun was detected only in 1995. Today some 3,600 exoplanets have been found, ranging from rocky Earth-sized planets to large gas giants like Jupiter. IANS