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29-Sep-2017 - Science
CHINA’S STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME TECHNOLOGICAL IMPERIALISMIN 1900, readers of The San Francisco Examiner were alerted to a monstrous new contraption that had been installed in two knocked-through rooms in a newspaper office in the city’s Chinatown. An accompanying cartoon illustrated the 5000 keys of its 3-metre-wide keyboard being operated by four typists frantically taking dictation from someone with a megaphone. In 1903, one typist was even given a fake Chinese name: Tap-Key. 
29-Sep-2017 - Science
SHAPE-SHIFTING ORIGAMI ROBOT SWAPS BODIES TO ROLL, SWIM OR WALKTalk about multitasking. A tiny transforming robot can put on special exoskeleton outfits tailor-made to help it complete different activities, including walking, rolling, sailing and gliding. This could one day be used as a blueprint for mini robotic surgeons or explorers. Each exoskeleton starts out as a sheet of plastic onto which the robot, known as Primer, rolls. Heat is then applied to cause the exoskeleton to fold around
29-Sep-2017 - Science
COMMON ANTIDEPRESSANT FOUND TO REDUCE BELLY FAT IN OLDER MICE Belly fat can be deadly, and is linked to a host of chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But as many of us probably know, it can be hard to lose weight in this area. Now it seems that inflammation of immune cells may be to blame, and we may be able to use drugs to help us burn off our belly flab. Christina Cammel, of the Yale School of Medicine, and her colleagues have been investigating macrophages
29-Sep-2017 - Literature
JESMYN WARD, SING, UNBURIED, SING JoJo, 13, is at a crossroads – his growing awareness of mortality and injustice are mixed with love for his grandparents Pop and Mam and his three-year-old sister Kayla. Pop teaches JoJo to live with dignity, and shares haunted memories of Parchman, the notorious Mississippi prison farm. JoJo’s mother Leonie prepares for JoJo’s white father Michael to get out of Parchman after three years. She takes time off from her job in a backwoods
29-Sep-2017 - Literature
GAUTE HEIVOLL, ACROSS THE CHINA SEAWhen a couple trained as caregivers marry, they build a house in the rural south of Norway large enough to encompass a group of patients. As he is clearing out the house in 1994, their son, tells the story of their unconventional household – his sister Tone, who died young, plus three adult men (including his Uncle Josef) and a group of five mentally disabled siblings who were removed from their home when their parents were declared unfit. These “
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