Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and it is estimated the global market will be worth £129bn by 2020. It’s making a difference – the 2017 consumer digital index [pdf] suggests that 97% of those aged 15–24 in the UK have basic digital skills – a 4% improvement on 2015. Among the emerging “edtech” ventures…

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Want to avoid memory difficulties in old age? Switch to a Mediterranean diet

If you love Mediterranean cuisine, rejoice! While past research has shown that a Mediterranean diet (rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, protein-rich legumes and whole grains) may cut colorectal cancer risk by 86%, and may help treat HIV, diabetes patients, new research highlights more benefits. It could lower the risk of memory difficulties, suggests a study. The results suggested that older people who ate a Mediterranean-style diet had 35% lower risk of scoring poorly on cognitive tests. Even those who ate a moderate Mediterranean-style diet had 15% lower risk of doing poorly on…

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Here’s another reason to take up yoga. It prevents memory decline in old age

Doing yoga for a long time could change the structure of your brain and protect it against cognitive decline in old age, suggests new research. When the researchers imaged the brains of elderly female yoga practitioners, they found that the “yoginis” have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. As we age, the structure and functionality of our brains change and this often leads to cognitive decline, including impaired attention or memory. One such change in the brain…

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Yoga may protect against memory decline in old age : Research

Doing yoga for a long time could change the structure of your brain and protect it against cognitive decline in old age, suggests new research. When the researchers imaged elderly female yoga practitioners’ brains, they found that the “yoginis” have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. As we age, the structure and functionality of our brains change and this often leads to cognitive decline, including impaired attention or memory. One such change in the brain involves the…

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Mental health, rather than physical, determines well being in old age, finds study

A positive frame of mind, it seems, is even more important than the right diet. New European research suggests that psychosocial factors such as anxiety and depression may have an even larger impact on well-being in later life than physical health. The study, carried out by researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), looked at data from 3,602 participants with an average age of 73. The participants’ levels of subjective well-being were measured by a questionnaire from the World Health Organisation with the results…

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Irani Cafes in Mumbai: From Bun Maska to Keema Pao and Old World Charm

Pretty much everyone knows about Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafés: how their owners came to Mumbai from Iran, lured by the promise of financial growth; how they took over the corner locations that were considered inauspicious by local businessmen; how they have a lengthy list of dos and don’ts chalked onto boards (Do not comb hair at the table, do not place feet on chairs, etc) that were lovingly satirised in Nissim Ezekiel’s wonderful poem Irani Restaurant Instructions; the ubiquitous chai and bun maska on the menu; the old-world décor; and sadly, how, in spite…

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