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Exam Results; Kinky Sex Ed; New Words; Space Photography: It’s Required Readings!

Welcome to another Thursday assignment of Required Readings! This is the last week of my school holidays and so today’s RR is coloured with a vague mix of disappointment and nervous excitement. Onwards!

 

English A-Level results were issued today. These are the exams that determine whether or not English students get into the university courses they’ve applied for, so they’re Serious Business. Today’s results saw a drop in pass rates for the first time in 30 years, which has of course been splashed all over all the news outlets. The drop was 0.1%, but don’t let that stop the headlines!

 

A sex education book has been pulled from shelves in parts of the US for daring to suggest that it can be quite nice to be touched on some of your bodily parts. Also that some people like to be tied up sometimes. It’s been projected that Freaky Teenage Sex Pregnancies have already increased by several hundred percent following the publication of the book.

 

The Oxford Online Dictionary has just added some cray-cray new words, many of which may well be coming to a student-submitted essay near you!

 

And finally, HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THIS PHOTO. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is sending back some utterly incredible pictures of comet 67/p, but this one is something else. I can’t wait to see what else will be revealed as the mission progresses.

 

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Alasdair

Alasdair

Alasdair is a high school English teacher in Scotland. He's a passionate skeptic and science fan, which is why he runs a discussion club for young skeptics in his school. He loves space and astronomy more than pretty much anything and is studying for a physics degree in his spare time in order to become qualified to teach science.

He lives with a cat made of distilled hatred and spikes.

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