Scientist Stephen Hawking is at the center of an international controversy over a decision he made concerning the Middle East. We cover the story in Tuesday's edition of CNN Student News.
Does it make a difference to you when public figures share their opinions on political issues? How much influence do they have when they speak out about something outside of the field they're known for?
Carl Azuz, Anchor
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The soccer ball had floated 3,000 miles across the Pacific to Alaska's Middleton Island, where a radar station technician found it. The words written on the ball led to a 16-year-old in Japan who said he'd lost everything in the tsunami that struck his town last year. He was happy to hear his ball would be returned to him.
This got our staff talking about the things we own that have sentimental value: a book, a piece of jewelry, an old coat, a letter from a first love. We're wondering what has sentimental value for you.
He hears numbers, turns them into pictures in his mind, turns those pictures into a story...and then walks back through the story, remembering incredible amounts of numbers in the order he heard them. It's a method of training for a man with a masterful memory, and it has helped him win the U.S. memory championships.
For me, a former writer, I find that writing anything down (or even typing it) helps me remember. Repetition also plays a part: I'll sometimes take a script, read it through a few times, and focus on the most important phrases of each sentence. Then, when I step in front of the camera, I'll have the paragraph in my head.
What are the methods to your memory?
Like movies, video games get ratings; you've heard the phrase "rated M for mature" on commercials. California wants to make it illegal for any games that are considered excessively violent to be sold to people under 18. But critics of this plan say it would limit free speech because the California government would be censoring the games.
Here's what's at the heart of all of this: Who should be responsible for choosing what video games kids play?
Take a study break and find out what's filling the notebook of CNN Student News anchor Carl Azuz. We love your comments. Remember, keep them on topic and only use your first name.
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