Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Albert’s father pulled the compass out of his pocket. He placed it on the table. The needle moved and then stopped, facing north as it always did. It was pulled by an invisible force, a magnetic field. For young Albert, the magnetic field that... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Doctor Harry Harlow made a difficult puzzle. At least he thought it was difficult. On a block of wood, he placed a metal catch called a hinge. A hinge is a piece of metal joined to a door. It allows the door to open... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Professor Harry Harlow thought that he had created a difficult puzzle. He placed a hinge on a block of wood. A hook held the hinge closed. A pin blocked the movement of the hook. To open the hinge you first had to remove the... Read more
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem. But he was not a big and important man. And he was not studying... Read more
DNA
ReadOasis Step 2 A computer needs software, information that tells it how to operate. A computer cannot work without software. Our bodies work like this too. Imagine the body is a computer. It needs an information code to work. DNA is this code. The DNA code contains the instructions... Read more
Edward Jenner and the Smallpox Vaccine
ReadOasis Step 3 Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was an English scientist who is known for using cowpox to perform one of the first vaccinations against smallpox. About six others tried this procedure as well. These included the farmer Benjamin Jesty, who in 1774 infected his wife and two of his... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) Einstein is best known for his work on relativity. In his theory of special relativity, he argued that the speed of light in space will always appear the same. This is true even for someone moving away from the source of that light. It... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 3) This bend in space and time would even affect the direction of light. As light passes near a large star, the light becomes like water flowing near a hole. If the mass is big enough, such as the mass of a collapsed star, then... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) That discovery was surprising enough. Even more surprising was that a reward could interfere with that motivation. When the monkeys were given a treat to encourage them to play with the hinge, they made more mistakes and solved the puzzles less frequently. This third... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) Pink provides some interesting examples of the way this third drive has led to some important developments. Perhaps the most dramatic has been the rise of Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia does not pay any of its contributors. Yet thousands of people regularly write pages... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) That discovery was surprising enough. Even more surprising was this. Rewards can actually hurt motivation. When monkeys received treats to encourage them to play with the hinge, they made more mistakes. They solved the puzzles less frequently. This third drive is at the heart... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 3) Pink provides some interesting examples. He says that the third drive has led to some significant developments. Perhaps the most dramatic has been the rise of Wikipedia. Wikipedia does not pay any of its writers. Yet thousands of people regularly write and edit pages... Read more