The Trial of Galileo
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Ideas on Trial Galileo was old, weak, and ill. But he had to make the 200 mile journey to Rome in the middle of winter. Why all this trouble? The leader of the Church, the Pope, demanded it. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
The Story of Aspirin
ReadOasis Step 3 For Jim, the morning started in pain. It was a sharp pain in the front of his head. It hurt so bad that he found it hard to get out of bed. But he had to get up because today was another busy day at work. He... Read more
The Space Shuttle
ReadOasis Step 2 The first Space Shuttle was called the Enterprise. It was made in 1976. It was used only for testing. And it did not fly into space. The Enterprise flew on top of a large airplane (a Boeing 747). For testing, it was released from the top... Read more
Gratitude Attitude
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about the power of gratitude. Research shows that thinking about aspects of your life for which you’re grateful will make you feel happier. So spend a few moments thinking about just one thing for which you have a... Read more
Emotions and Health
ReadOasis Step 3 If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over. Ancient Jewish Saying. Doctors have thought about the connection between our mental and physical health for centuries. Until the 1800s, most believed that emotions were linked to disease. And doctors advised... Read more
Roentgen and the Discovery of X-rays
ReadOasis Step 2 When she saw her the bones in her hand she said "I have seen my death!" Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) was a German scientist who discovered x-rays. This was a great advance for physics and medicine, and it earned Roentgen the Nobel Prize in 1901. In November 1895,... Read more
Fly Anywhere with Google Earth
ReadOasis Step 2 Google is a company that provides internet search, email, and other online services. But Google makes other products too. Google Earth is a product that puts the world in your computer. It uses pictures taken from space. And Google Earth helps you locate and explore any... Read more
High-Powered Learners
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mia was afraid. A strong wind was blowing in her face. And a loud noise filled her ears. She looked down and saw green fields. Tall trees painted the scene. But they were just little green dots 1,250 feet below. "It's so pretty," she... Read more
Skill with Numbers = Wealth?
From Science Daily (November 10, 2010) summarized at ReadOasis Step 2 A new study in the United States found an interesting result about skill with numbers.This skill is called numeracy. Some married couples scored well on a simple numeracy test. These couples gained more wealth by middle age than... Read more
What Makes People Happy?
ReadOasis Step 2 What makes people happier: money or having happy friends and neighbors? Researchers from Harvard University and UC San Diego, found an interesting answer to this question. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler studied the emotional health of almost 5000 people. They used information gathered from a period... Read more
Why Ban Smoking in Public?
ReadOasis Step 2 More than twenty US states ban smoking in public places. And many countries around the world also have similar bans. A new study shows the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free laws can reduce heart disease, which is a major effect of tobacco smoke. The study took... Read more
The Singularity (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It's her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful machine. In fact,... Read more
Think Before You Drink
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!” The crowd of college students screamed at Steve. He was quickly downing his sixth large glass of beer in less than an hour. When he finished, he slammed the glass down on a large glass table.... Read more
Rules for Your Working Brain (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The bell rings. Students close their books and start packing their bags. Raising his voice, Professor Jones says, "Remember to read Chapter 6 before next class, and your first report is due in 3 days!" Some students groan. Mary rushes back to her room. She's got... Read more
Goodbye Bacon?
ReadOasis Step 2 Jim Gaffigan is a funny man. In fact, he is so funny that he gets paid for it. As a popular entertainer, he writes jokes for a living. And because Jim Gaffigan is a large man, he makes a lot of jokes about his love for... Read more
Are Lectures Effective? (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The teacher stood in front of the class. He put his notes on a tall stand. The stand was in the middle of the room, and the teacher could move around behind it. As he faced the class, there were many windows on his... Read more
The Big Bang Event
ReadOasis Step 2 The big bang theory is currently the accepted explanation for the origin and development of the universe. The theory proposes that the universe was once extremely compact and hot. The big bang event first occurred long ago in the distant past. And the universe has been... Read more
Spreading Accurate Information about AIDS
ReadOasis Step 3 AIDS is a disease that attacks the immune system, the part of the body that fights infection. AIDS is deadly and global. Over 11 million children have lost parents to AIDS. From 1981 to 2007, more than 25 million people died of AIDS. That is more... Read more
The Power of Wind
ReadOasis Step 2 In August 2003, electrical power went out in a large part of North America. Ten million people in Ontario, Canada, lost power. And forty-five million people in eight U.S. states had their lights go out. Eleven deaths were related to this event. It was one of... Read more
A Definition of Health (New Version)
ReadOasis Step 1 A doctor was checking an older woman. When he finished, he told her this: “You’re in good health. You’ll live to be 80.” “But doctor,” the woman said, “I am 80 right now.” With a smile, the doctor answered, “See, what did I tell you?” This... Read more