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Stars of the World Cup

This is an awesome project by Rudi Gundersen, an illustrator from Norway. Rudi illustrated a star player for almost every country in the World Cup, …

Johnson: Rise of the machine translators

THOSE passingly familiar with machine translation (MT) may well have reacted in the following ways at some point. “Great!” would be one such, on …

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Blunders in World Cup History

The World Cup has the ability to create legends and unforgettably joyous moments that are shared by a global community who love the sport.<p>However, the tournament can also become a highly visible platform for human error. While mistakes often seem amusing, they have the ability to haunt a player's …

China fraudsters offer football fans World Cup sick notes

Online shops hawk fake sick notes that will allow unscrupulous Chinese football fans to skip work after cheering on their favourite team at the World Cup<p><b>Chinese</b> fraudsters are doing a roaring trade in fake sick notes designed to help football fans skip work during this month’s World Cup.<p>The 11-hour …

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Best American Soccer Players Ever As 2014 World Cup Looms [Top 25]

U.S. Men’s Soccer head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his roster last week for next month’s World Cup tournament in Brazil, but not without some …

These World Cup Posters Are A Must-See For Any Soccer Super Fan

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira pulled out all the stops when creating these incredible World Cup team posters for an ESPN campaign celebrating the tournament, which begins on June 12.<p>Each of these posters illustrates one of the 32 teams that will be heading to this year's …

U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail

Prisoner 1741 spent more than seven months inside a jail in southern China, assembling Christmas lights for export to America. Work days stretched up to 10 hours and conditions were tough, he says. One boss used strands of Christmas lights to whip workers and drive production.<p>Stories about forced …

Sun Tzu's 31 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice

There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu. His philosophy on how to be a great leader and ensure you win in work, management, and life is summed up in these 33 pieces of advice. They can all be applied by you in your job when you go back to work next …

Photos of the Week: 5/10-5/16

This week's edition includes images of the wildfires in southern California, a Sphinx in China, India's recent elections, a gold mine in Central African Republic, Brazil's new riot police uniforms, a HALO jump over the Philippines, and more.

Maybe Heads of State Shouldn't Give Maps as Presents

Chancellor Angela Merkel probably meant well. In Berlin last week, she gave her guest, Chinese President Xi Jinping, a 1735 map of China made by …

Now THAT'S a water cannon: Chinese city unveils mega spray that will squirt smog and pollution out of the sky

• Two giant sprayers have been set up in Lanzhou, in China's Gansu province<br>• They will squirt water 2,000 feet into the air to dispel lingering …

Chinese visiting scholars confront culture shock in middle-class America

COLUMBIA — If Kai Qiao were back in China, he would take the routines of his middle-class life for granted.<p>He would wake up in a four-bedroom condo …

China

The Alibaba IPO Readies for Lift Off

On May 6th Alibaba Group Holding Limited formally started the process for an IPO in the US, a highly anticipated listing given the size of the offering, the impact of the issuer on the Chinese economy, and the 15 eventful years that have elapsed since the company was founded.<p>The filing caused me to …

China: Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground

Ürümqui| A group of coal miners from the western province of Xinjiang, had an unbelievable surprise when the gallery they were excavating opened up …

China

Can Stand-Up Comedy Succeed in China?

Some of the country's top comics are experimenting with a new brand of edgy, boundary-testing humor.<p>BEIJING—He’s grinned through countless national TV shows and public appearances, but backstage at a Beijing bookstore, China’s ‘most famous foreigner’ is feeling a little nervous. A minute or so into …

Artist Living in Tokyo Turns Everyday Scenes into Speed Sketches

Hama-House is an artist and illustrator currently living in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving his BFA from the Kanazawa College of Art (whose amazing …

China

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A #view form the #riverside in #shanghai #chikarinatrip #チカそら

Man writing calligraphy on the concrete using water and a broomstick! Incredible. #shanghai #calligraphy #talent

Luo Qianxi's pregnant belly paintings – in pictures

Mariah Carey’s done it. So has Alanis Morrisette. Now pregnant Chinese artist Luo Quianxi is using her stomach as a canvas for a nine-month series of expanding paintings

4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes

The famously media-averse cartoonist Bill Watterson on his work habits, the power of comic strips, and how to create art.<p>Bill Watterson, the creator of the comic strip <i>Calvin & Hobbes</i>, is famously media-averse. He’s given two interviews, total since he retired his strip in 1995. Reporters have …

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand

Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.<p>Psych 101 was about to start, and Pam Mueller had forgotten her laptop at home. This meant more than lost Facebook time. A psychology grad student at Princeton, Mueller was one of the class teaching assistants. It was important she have …

1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

Artist Paulo Grangeon is raising awareness for the conservation of endangered species by sculpting 1600 panda bears out of recycled materials and …

Infographic: Domestic Vendors Stand Strong in China's Smartphone Market

The Chinese smartphone market continues to play by its own rules according to data released by the Hong Kong based research firm Counterpoint. While …