‘Art electricity’ revives old German power station

 A stained glass window over E-Werk’s main entrance. Photograph: Photo courtesy of Performance Electrics gGmbH When the Luckenwalde coal power plant in east Germany closed down soon after the collapse of communism, the locals were both relieved and concerned. “Finally people could hang out their laundry without it getting covered in soot,” said Bernd Schmidl, one of the plant’s senior employees. Worries about jobs were soon allayed when the workers were given better-paid employment elsewhere, he said. But fears remained that the listed building, with elements of art deco and art nouveau,…

This week in Auto: MG Hector to be launched in June; Internet cars are the future

Imagine starting the car and setting the temperature at the desired level despite being nowhere near the vehicle or giving the vehicle a wireless software update just like cell phones. Just about five years ago these features might have seemed like a scene for a sci-fi movie but they are closer to reality than expected. For an enriching and effortless experience of owning a car, auto companies are making them simpler and hassle-free by using technology. More on this later in the wrap of today. Here is a list of…

Agenda for reforming school education

The new government must take forward the current government’s initiatives on teachers’ training, and initiate new steps If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century” — Barack Obama Education lies “below priority line” for all political parties as most of them are looking for immediate political gains that are not forthcoming from this sector. Hence, consciously oblivious of the consequences, political parties have chosen to ignore education. This can’t go on in the interest of our children and for the…