Author Archives: Loknath Das

The Effectiveness Dilemma

The most important factor in a student’s academic success is an effective teacher, most education policy experts agree. In fact, high quality instruction can counter crippling disadvantages, like those associated with low socioeconomic background. That’s why Florida’s Palm Beach County school district, where about 65 percent of its 190,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch, ... Read More »

The anti-chemical weapons technology that could help rebuild Syria

The US “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (Darpa) is an elite organisation tasked with developing secretive military technologies. True to form, its logo is oddly reminiscent of a supervillain’s – imposing and stark. Some of its projects, too, are futuristic weapons with darkly amusingly self-aware names, such as Mahem – a kind of self-forging molten metal spear that can penetrate armour. But ... Read More »

Kenya: solar tech market set to rise

Kenya’s shift to renewable energy sources presents a lucrative and expanding market for solar equipment. This is according to Shenzhen Power Solution Limited Vice-President Susan Lee, who spoke to Xinhua news at an energy and power expo, held in Nairobi. “Our main focus [is] in household solar solutions that are affordable but are of high quality. We are scouting for ... Read More »

‘Decision On Social Media Ban In Valley Soon’

‘Decision On Social Media Ban In Valley Soon’ Srinagar: The authorities have decided to block social media in Kashmir after the recent circulation of videos and live streaming of incidents, which are believed to lead widespread protests in volatile Kashmir valley. Sources said that the decision will be taken “soon” to ban the social media in Kashmir valley, rather than ... Read More »

Court halts two Arkansas executions

The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were ... Read More »

Gadgets to Know: Bluetooth Speaker, 4K 360 Cam & Backup Battery Cable

Check out cool gadgets including a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, a 360 cam that shoots video in 4K resolution and a charging cable that doubles as a backup battery. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Speaker, $99   Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM is a tiny speaker with big sound. Its predecessors including the UE Boom and UE Roll have been my favorites in years ... Read More »

Lawmakers should not pick and choose what education to fund

Washington state needs high quality preschool, excellent K-12 schools and a well funded higher education system. All three, not one of the above. Research shows that the benefits of early childhood education are crystal clear. Low-income students who participate in Washington’s state-supported early learning program enter kindergarten as ready to learn as their more affluent classmates. The benefits continue at ... Read More »

Peking University to open business school in Oxford

The university’s HSBC Business School will open just outside of Oxford next year, with its first intake expected in August 2018. The largest intake to PHBS Oxford is expected to be students from the UK and Europe, but the school will also serve as an overseas campus for students from China. Visiting Chinese students will come to the campus starting the spring ... Read More »

This spray-on memory will let you store data on any surface or object

A “spray-on” memory that allows for a tiny amount of data to be printed onto surfaces has been created by a team from Duke University. Students at the institution used an aerosol jet printer and nanoparticle inks to create a material capable of storing data that is also incredibly flexible. The chemists behind the project say the method, if adapted ... Read More »

Leak reveals the next Moto Z smartphone might have a dual-lens camera

Lenovo might be joining in on the dual-lens camera trend with its upcoming sequel to the Moto Z. A purported image from @Slashleaks showing the phone reveals a slightly different external design than the original; there’s now a larger fingerprint sensor (like the Moto G5) and Lenovo’s logo has been added the side. The MotoMod connectors are in the exact ... Read More »