Meeting My Birth Mother Changed Everything

The morning after I met my birth family for the first time, my phone sang out series of notifications. My new Aunt Linda, who had squeezed my shoulders yesterday and told me that I’d never be without family again, had initiated a group text thread. Welcome to the family! So excited to meet you! You are a miracle! They were […]

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Home trends we hope to see in 2020

The 1920s was a big decade for home decorating. It marked the rise of a new breed of professionals known as “interior designers,” whose jobs it was to dream up rooms for important clients to host lavish parties (via BBC). It was the era of modernism, Bauhaus, and art deco. The decade embraced the glamor and sophistication of early Hollywood, […]

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How to beat noise distraction during exam time

Noise pollution contributes to stress, hypertension, and sleep deprivation. By Susmita Nag Noise pollution has been adversely impacting the quality of life of all sections of society, especially students preparing for exams. Neighbours blaring loud music or chatter pouring through your porous windows may distract your child from the task at hand. Furthermore, the impact of noise pollution on our […]

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Should Schools Even Bother Teaching Cursive?

Happy National Handwriting Day, everyone! Or rather, unhappy and hotly controversial handwriting day? That would honestly be more accurate. Because, for one thing, isn’t teaching handwriting somewhat antiquated? It sure hasn’t been especially popular in recent years with its exclusion from Common Core in public schools, and with so many kids learning to “write” on iPads and tablets well before […]

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Zebrafish teach researchers more about atrial fibrillation

Researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences have shown a possible link between a genetic variation and the widespread type of cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation. The scientists conducted the study in zebrafish, which is a recognised scientific animal model within cardiac research. Here, researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the Max Planck Institute in Germany […]

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