Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

Jan 7, 2017

Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

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Although 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, fire is not the only element destined to influence the next 12 months. Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac years is governed by one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal, resulting in ...

Japan's first Christmas

Dec 24, 2016

Japan's first Christmas

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In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of singing a Mass to Japanese believers in 1552: “Our voices weren’t good,” he recalls, “still the Christian believers rejoiced.” It was Christmas Eve in Yamaguchi, and the patience, if not ...

Are we literally getting into bed with robots?

Dec 24, 2016

Are we literally getting into bed with robots?

‘Sexbots” are a staple of science fiction — the idea of robots as sex partners is explored, for instance, in recent films and television series such as “Ex-Machina” and “Westworld.” However, some specialists believe the first animated lovers made of metal, rubber and plastic, ...

DIY — a power tool for distracting kids

| Dec 10, 2016

DIY — a power tool for distracting kids

My 4-year-old daughter’s eyes light up when she spies something sitting on the work table. Unlike her normal playtime preferences, it is not a rainbow-haired unicorn, felt tip pens or a plastic doll that has caught her attention — it’s an industrial looking electric ...