Lessons from July 2017 - October 2017

China ends ban on smelly cheese

25th October - "Harder"
China has reversed an import ban on several types of cheese that get their flavor (and distinctive smell) from bacteria.

Potato shortage causes 'chipocalypse'

19th October - "Easier"
Potato chip lovers in New Zealand could be in for a big shock. New Zealand is facing a possible potato shortage in the next few months.




World's 'most useless' airport opens

17th October - "Harder"
The first scheduled commercial airplane has landed on the remote British island of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic.

Baby talk is a world language

15th October - "Easier"
A new study has found that mothers all over the world speak to their babies in the same way.

New mummies found near Luxor, Egypt

11th September - "Easier"
Archaeologists in Egypt have found a tomb that has three mummies inside it. The ancient tomb is over 3,500 years old.

Hurricane Irma slams into Caribbean

9th September - "Harder"
A record-breaking hurricane is causing death and destruction as it passes through the Caribbean and heads towards the U.S. state of Florida.

Why do people yawn?

3rd September - "Easier"
A new study from Nottingham University in the UK has found that yawning is contagious.

Dirt is good for babies

19th July - "Easier"
It seems like common sense to most parents to make sure their baby is always in a clean place.

House dust could make us fat

15th July - "Easier"
Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say that people should keep their house clean if they want to avoid putting on weight.

Coffee drinkers may live longer

13th July - "Harder"
There is potentially good news for coffee lovers. Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may help people live longer.








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