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Sampling innovations in teaching and learning

Instead of writing a final paper, what if students crafted an art project, complete with artist’s statement, to demonstrate how plants have evolved? Instead of using class time for lectures, what if professors recorded videos for students to watch on their own, to save

John Danaher, the Jujitsu Master Turning an Ancient Art Into a Modern Science

  Dahner’s training clears away the complexity of jujitsu by continually reorganizing and refining only the most efficient moves. Illustration by Jesse Draxler / Photograph by Jeff Chu On a Saturday afternoon in February, John Danaher stood in the middle of Columbia’s Andrew F.

Toshiba home appliances returning to China

TOKYO — Toshiba-brand home appliances will hit Chinese store shelves after a hiatus of more than a year, following an acquisition by Midea Group, the world’s largest producer of these goods. Toshiba had sold its brand of home appliances in China until 2015, when slumping sales forced

RIGHT AT HOME: Traditional wing chairs with modern twist

No matter how old you are, you might have grown up in a home with a wing chair. This classic chair dates back a lot farther than any of us, according to Bronia Suszczenia, co-founder of the Yorkshire, England-based interior design firm Art from

Father of modern Malaysia backs jailed former deputy in attempt to oust PM

Mahathir Mohamad, the father of modern Malaysia, is backing the man he sacked as his deputy and saw imprisoned on charges of sodomy to be prime minister, in an attempt to unseat the scandal-ridden incumbent. In a remarkable political U-turn ahead of a general election

6 do’s and don’ts for decorating a bathroom that won’t embarrass you in front of guests

Whether your bathroom is your own personal spa or a tiny space shared with three roommates, it should be a place of order, freshness and calm. Take a good, hard look around, says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria. “The perfect look and feel

Volvo to phase out traditional engines

Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned firm, best known for its emphasis on driver safety, has become the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. It plans to launch

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been cracked. The Roman recipe – a mix of volcanic ash, lime (calcium oxide), seawater and lumps of volcanic

Don’t overlook the consignment solution

  Design and home furnishing magazines are full of advice on downsizing or for simply streamlining your lifestyle if you are not ready to move to smaller quarters. If you are near retirement, you will do your children a favor by ridding the house

GST impact: Prices of home appliances may go up by 1-2%

NEW DELHI, JULY 2:   Consumer durables industry is expecting only a marginal price revision despite the category being placed under the highest tax slab of 28 per cent under GST, as players look forward to the festive season in the coming months. The festive