Category: Features

The batteries that could make fossil fuels obsolete

The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the north Californian coast, the 500-foot-tall (150m) pillars crown what was once California’s largest electric power station – a behemoth natural gas-fired generator. Today, as California steadily moves to...

Work Smarter And Unleash Your Productivity

A common phrase heard these days is “work smarter not harder,” but what does that really mean? Surely working smarter is still working hard, right? In a way, you are right—to be able to work smarter, you do need to put in the hard work first. You will need to...

Being Kind is Good For Your Health

Newspapers started writing about Betty Lowe when she was 96 years old. Despite being long past retirement age, she was still volunteering at a cafe at Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester, UK, serving coffee, washing dishes and chatting to patients. Then Lowe turned 100. “Still volunteers at hospital”, the...

The Oldest University in the World and the Muslim Woman who Found it -Ahmad Ullah

Two most famous universities of the modern world, Cambridge and Oxford, were founded in 1209 and 1096, respectively. However, none of these are the first universities in the world, not even in Europe. The oldest university in the world is Morocco’s Al-Qaraween University, which was founded in 859 A.D. According...

The Power of Thankfulness

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for...

How The Lockdown Has Affected Your Memory

If, since lockdown, you have found it hard to remember to email someone, summon up the word you need, or yet again forgotten to buy the milk – you are not alone. I’ve lost count of the number of times recently that friends have bemoaned their worsening memories. Data is...

Poetry An Entrancing World -Fahmida Mehreen

Poetry has been at play for thousands of years. It is used to express thoughts, ideas, feelings and emotions. It has the power to create imagery on the reader’s mind. Poets choose different types of words and acoustics to match the mood of the poem. Some poems are rhyming, while...

Padma bridge to boost local economy

Since the inauguration of construction works of Padma Bridge Project — a hefty, vigorous mega structure and the mega project of the nation’s infrastructural history will ensure presence across the Padma River. The establishment is expected to lift the national and local economic struggles from pitiable conditions towards a new...

A New Island Of Hope

Scattered across the Arabian Sea, south-west of Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives present the face of a dreamy, tropical idyll to travellers from all over the world, who fly in to savour picture-perfect coral atolls fringed with white sand, luxurious resorts and world-class water sport. But perhaps no other...

Small Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

“Get out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy I’m a big fan of doing the unusual thing. Sometimes in big ways. Often in small and daily ways to mix things up....

The Birds Who Catch Pirates On The High Seas

Wandering albatrosses have long been considered exceptional creatures. They can fly 8.5 million kilometres (5.2 million miles) during their lifetimes – the equivalent of flying to the Moon and back more than 10 times. Their 3.5m wingspan is the same length as a small car and they can weigh as...

The origin of north korea’s ghost boats

For years, no one knew why dozens of battered wooden “ghost boats” – often along with corpses of North Korean fishermen whose starved bodies were reduced to skeletons – were routinely washing ashore along the coast of Japan. A recent investigation I did for NBC News, based on new satellite data, has...

Lebanon ‘Our Homes are Open’

The Day after the massive explosion in Beirut, residents were surveying the damage to their homes. One video shared online showed 78-year-old Beirut resident May Melki playing the piano in what appears to be her destroyed living room. Her entire home is damaged: furniture in disarray, shattered glass everywhere, curtains ripped apart....

300 Year Old Homes For Future

Most summer days on the Danish island of Læsø, you’ll find Henning Johansen at work. A native islander, Johansen is a thatcher. But on Læsø, a thatcher’s job is unlike anywhere else. Nineteen kilometres off the north-east coast of Jutland, the island appears in Norse mythology as the home of...