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Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

Apr 2, 2013

Gardening offers original ideas for repurposing goods

by Adrian Higgins

Ruthie Mundell opens a door within the warehouse of the nonprofit thrift store known as Community Forklift and eagerly displays the donations of countless gardeners. Hoses, weed whackers, clay pots, axes and lawn mowers all form a silent testimony to hours of yardwork. What ...

Ghosts of Cowra breakout haunt Japan to this day

| Mar 17, 2013

Ghosts of Cowra breakout haunt Japan to this day

by Nobuko Tanaka

Prisoner A: ” ‘Never live to experience the shame of being taken prisoner by the enemy’ … that’s what the Imperial Japanese Military Regulations say, hence there must be no prisoners. So what’s happening here now are the dreams of ghosts” — from “Cowra ...

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

Mar 10, 2013

Will robots end up creating jobs or end them?

by Cecilia Kang

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial coworkers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University ...

Tracing time's passing through faces of Tokyo

| Feb 17, 2013

Tracing time's passing through faces of Tokyo

by Tomoko Otake

Petri Artturi Asikainen would regularly accost strangers in Tokyo, on the streets, in parks or bars and on trains. With a high-end Nikon D3 digital SLR in his hands, the lanky and bespectacled Finn would ask — somewhat timidly summoning one of the few ...

What Japan needs to do

Jan 13, 2013

What Japan needs to do

by Edan Corkill and Tomoko Otake

With its economy spluttering, large parts of its northeastern region still devastated by the effects of the mammoth Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 — and releases of radioactive materials that followed — its population shrinking and aging at unprecedented rates and its citizens ...

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

| Dec 16, 2012

Survivor pens 'too painful' 3/11 tale

by Tomoko Otake

‘March 11, 2011 — We will never forget the day. The disaster … After the massive earthquake occurred, the huge tsunami destroyed this area. Many citizens were lost and the survived people also received the deep crack in their hearts. I had a narrow ...

Dec 9, 2012

Apocalypse made in Japan

by Michael Hoffman

A world-ending cataclysm is common to many mythologies. The Biblical flood narrative is the best known and follows a fairly typical pattern: wrathful deity, mass destruction, surviving remnant — in this case the righteous man Noah and his family. We gather from these tales ...

The Fish Tree

Nov 25, 2012

The Fish Tree

by Michael Hoffman

Once upon a time there was a child who, being a child, simply didn’t know what to make of himself. “Look,” said his mother. “I brought the sun out for you. Go out and play.” “With the sun?” “Why not with the sun?” “Mom?” ...