This Fashion Editor Will Help You Shop Like a Style Insider

When Booth Moore graduated from high school, she didn’t want a car or a EuroRail pass, like most of her friends. Instead, she wanted a southwestern-style blanket coat with silver buttons from Ralph Lauren. She didn’t just want to acquire the coat—she wanted to go buy it herself at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Madison Avenue. As another graduation gift, one of Moore’s friends drew a picture of her wearing that jacket on the cover of the erstwhile YM magazine, where she interned one summer in high school. To this day, the jacket…

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This gadget makes air-drumming sound like the real thing

Some gadgets are so straightforward they barely need explaining, but here we go anyway: these are a pair of motion-sensitive sensors that you slip onto a pair of drumsticks and that let you play a virtual drum kit anywhere you like. It’s called the Freedrum (get it?) and each unit pairs via Bluetooth to your phone. They use internal gyroscopes to detect motion and run for seven hours on an hour’s charge. A single button turns them on and off, a single LED indicates a solid connection and battery level, and…

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Like advanced nations, India must delink classroom teaching from student learning

At every discussion on education and/or innovation, there is a standard refrain. The education system makes students risk-averse and kills innovative thinking. By forcing students to conform to a standardised template, it discourages failure and thereby discourages deviation from the standardised average. Outliers are not encouraged. The refrain is indeed true. Several ingredients result in the outcome the refrain describes, beginning with entry into the education stream at the pre-school level. Let me focus on only one element of that maze — higher education, and within that, on one small…

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Mallya flew away just like ‘Kingfisher’ bird: HC

The Bombay High Court on Monday observed that businessman Vijay Mallya aptly named his company ’Kingfisher’, as like the bird of the same name he too flew away without bothering about boundaries. The remark was made by a division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala while hearing an appeal filed by the Service Tax department and also another petition filed by the department seeking to recall the auction sale of Mallya’s private aircraft. “Does anyone know why he [Mallya] came up with the name ‘Kingfisher’ for…

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Freshwater stingrays chew their food just like a goat

A new University of Toronto study has found that some freshwater stingrays from the Amazon chew their food in a similar fashion as mammals. Using a combination of high-speed video and CT scans Matthew Kolmann, a recently graduated PhD in the lab of U of T Scarborough’s Nathan Lovejoy found that as the freshwater stingray Potamotrygon motoro eats it protrudes its jaws away from its skull, shearing from side to side in the process. “It’s pretty extraordinary when you think about it — here’s this bizarre-looking fish from the Amazon…

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This stingray just got caught chewing its food like a human

Researchers have discovered that a species of stingray from the Amazon River chews its food before swallowing – just like mammals do. This is the first time that researchers have witnessed a non-mammal actually chewing its food before swallowing it, which makes the ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro) pretty damn special. “Complex prey-processing behaviours have been thought to be lacking in fishes and other vertebrates, despite the fact that many of these animals feed on tough prey, like insects or even grasses,” reports the team. After learning that the ocellate river stingray…

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Like what Aditi Rao Hydari is wearing here? Here’s how to get the look

Aditi Rao Hydari was recently spotted in the city in a coolly coordinated jacket and shorts combo by Encrustd. The actor paired her ensemble with a pair of nude heels and a basic white T-shirt. The look is ideal for a weekend in the city and if you want to try the same, you can skip the heels and go with a pair of sneakers for a more relaxed vibe. From decal-ed denim jackets to brocade skirt sets and a heady dose of metallic, high street stores are brimming with…

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