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Simple functionality of design in everyday life
I press down forcefully into the pencil almost with the malice of a madman. The lead protruding from the tip, instead of snapping and gouging a poor passerby, retracts with little fanfare but is a minor miracle (to me) in itself.
Fulfilling strays' dream for a home, one at a time
Walk into the alleyways in any city in Taiwan, especially in the Greater Taipei area, and one might likely come across a small, quaint coffee store nestled between buildings, often packed with people on weekends.
Dreams give senior citizens new hopes in life
Many elderly people in Taiwan spend most of their time at home. The sad truth is, as they age, there just aren't many things for them to do. To make matters even worse, it can hasten the aging process. The reason is that seniors who have little social interaction are more likely to develop dementia or depression. Therefore, encouraging senior citizens to leave home and pursue outdoor activities or other dreams is beneficial to their well-being.
Spiral form in coal could be key to shrinking chips
In a new breakthrough study, a team of physicists discovered a remarkable structure in coal that could be used to make the smallest commercial chips yet.
Physically challenged baseball team takes on world
As a country that is known for its love for baseball, Taiwan has thousands of baseball teams of all levels, from grassroots, amateur teams to top-tier professional ones.
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In 1986, three quarters of Taiwan's passion fruit crop was devastated by woodiness, a virus spread by aphids. The skins of infected fruit grew tough and horny, and the pulp shriveled to become unsellable.
Passion fruit scientists on mission to save Tainong No. 1
Building the future, 1 child at a time
When one thinks of innovation and critical thinking, the first association is unlikely to be an orphanage or a youth correctional facility. But for some, thinking outside the box means finding the opportunity to meet societal problems head on in the places we least expect.
Fledgling theater troupe meets cross-cultural Taiwan
A group of young people, foreigners and Taiwanese alike, gathered around a wooden table in a large art space located in a somewhat abandoned building in the old Air Force Command Headquarters. Prior to the first reading of a member's script, Andrew Chau, who coordinates the group meetings, laid out housekeeping issues for everyone to discuss. Afterward, each person has a script in front of them, and some take turns reading their designated roles, while others scribble down notes in the lines of the script.
College majors vying for top spots in Ironman triathlon competition
Sports enthusiast couple John Hsu (許元耕) and Hsu Ya-chiao (許雅喬) are aiming for the top three spots in the National Games 2015's (全國運動會) triathlon competition, which takes place Oct. 18-19.
Humble, silent man who strives to be the change he wants to see
When we talk of greatness in the world, we think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi. However, as I looked over a table at the man in his mid-twenties, speaking vividly of his work in the remote villages of Yunnan and his visions of volunteer work, I felt like I was in the presence of a silent, little-known, yet honorable greatness in this chaotic world.
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