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Hong Kong: lawyers and activists march against Beijing 'meddling'

More than 2,000 join silent protest after China intervened in supposedly independent legal system to stop activists joining parliament<p>More than 2,000 lawyers and activists have paraded through Hong Kong in silence and dressed in black to protest against Beijing’s unprecedented intervention in the …

Hong Kong

Singapore is striving to be the world's first 'smart city'

There are few places better positioned to become a "smart city" than Singapore.<p>That's an easy statement to justify. Singapore is an island city-state just 30 miles across that has been governed by the same party for decades. Putting the implied democratic flaws to one side, the geography and …

DNA study lays bare devastating damage caused by smoking

Major investigation into root causes of cancer reveals how tobacco smoke mutates DNA and gives rise to more than a dozen types of tumour<p>The devastating impact of cigarette smoke on the body’s DNA has been laid bare by the first comprehensive study into the damage tobacco inflicts on human …

Inside Songdo, The City Designed From Scratch To Be Sustainable

Can this Korean development outside of Seoul be the standard for how we build new cities in the future?<p>There aren’t any garbage trucks in Songdo, South Korea. Instead, trash is sucked through pneumatic pipes to a central sorting facility–in seconds–where it’s either recycled or turned into energy. …

Sustainability

Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it’s not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei …

Portable

Russian Hackers Could Fake Evidence of Electoral Fraud, Warn U.S. Officials

Cybersecurity surrounding the U.S. electoral system has been a focus this election cycle, not least since Russian hackers have actually found their …

Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam?

Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system is brutal<p>For two days in early June every year, …

China

12 Amazing Photos From the 2016 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' Awards

This year's theme was 'society's interactions with the natural world.'<p>With this year's theme being 'society's interactions with the natural world,' the winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been revealed with Tim Lewan's four part documentation of Orangutan's in Borneo taking …

Wildlife

The NBA now comes live in VR once a week this season

Strap on your headset. You'll be able to tune into a regular schedule of live basketball games in virtual reality.<p>Basketball fans will now be able to really get up close to watch LeBron James slam it home.<p>In a high-tech alley-oop, NBA Digital and NextVR are teaming up this season to show one game a …

The Smithsonian is now sharing 3D scans of artifacts with the public

The Smithsonian is taking the next step in sharing its massive collection with the public. Today marks the release of the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, a tool that will eventually allow students, educators, and laypeople to interact with 3D models of the museum's 137 million artifacts. The tool will …

Museums

Europe's Mars lander is lost on the red planet

Mars is a cruel place, and it seems like it has claimed another victim.<p>The Schiaparelli lander, part of the joint life-hunting ExoMars mission …