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KBG84: Japan's new 'girl band', average age 84

They joke about knocking on heaven’s door, but a Japanese ‘girl band’ with an average age of 84 have struck a blow for grannies everywhere by becoming pop idols.<p>Hailing from the remote, coral-fringed island of Kohama in Okinawa, KBG84 – a play on the name of saccharine teeny boppers AKB48 – admit …

Japan

2015 Audubon Photography Awards

More than 2,300 photographers entered the sixth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition, submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth. Nearly 9,000 images depicting birdlife from around the world were judged and the winners were recently …

Students' end of year artwork – our favourites so far

As part of our new Students Express series, we asked you to share your end of year artwork with us. The Guardian’s picture editor Roger Tooth selects some of his favourite contributions submitted before 26 May.<p>You can view all of the entries or submit your art here.

Study Skills

India is battling Japan to become the world’s third largest oil consumer

India’s already voracious appetite for oil is growing. Never mind that Asia’s third largest economy imports almost two-thirds of its total oil requirement—or that a ballooning oil import bill will do nothing to help its fiscal deficit problem.<p>Since last year, India has been locked in a see-sawing …

Oil

25 Moments That Changed America

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Disenchanted Chinese tech companies plot escape from New York | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech firms have fallen out of love with America, and it shows - a growing number of them are looking to drop their listings in New York and head back home.<p>Many Chinese tech executives are betting on higher share valuations in China where stock markets have recently …

China

Samsung reportedly working on a Galaxy S5 Neo, Exynos processor in tow

Samsung is no stranger to releasing new smartphone variants just about every month, oftentimes recycling its familiar design language and just changing around the internals. Last year we saw the release of the Galaxy S3 Neo, a repurposed Galaxy S3 proper with slightly different specifications. It …

Electronics Industry

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

Books

How SpaceX Plans to Test Its Satellite Internet Service in 2016

It's been less than six months since SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, announced his plans to build a satellite constellation to provide low-cost global Internet service — and now SpaceX has revealed how it intends to begin the project next year.<p>In filings with the Federal Communications …

Space Travel

Surf In The City

Aquatic Sports

Hedge fund managers unload on Malcolm Gladwell after he trashes John Paulson

Soon after the news broke, the internet exploded with criticism.<p>The ire really picked up when best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell trashed the billionaire on Twitter.<p>"It came down to helping the poor or giving the world's richest university $400 [million] it doesn't need. Wise choice John!" …

Hedge Funds

Maggi withdraws all noodles in India after state bans and lead scare

Maggi brand noodles banned in at least six Indian states after tests revealed some packets contained excess amounts of lead<p>Food group Nestle is withdrawing all of its Maggi noodles from sale across India after a food scare erupted when some states banned the product for excess levels of lead.<p>Nestle …

India

Vietnam launches 'sovereignty' cruise to South China Sea islands

In special promotion, 180 Vietnamese will see parts of Spratly archipelago, a move likely to stoke dispute with China over South China Sea sovereignty<p>Vietnam is offering scores of patriotic citizens the holiday of a lifetime with a cruise to some of Asia’s most hotly contested islands, in a move …

China

Why Is It So Hard to Track Police Killings?

Two newspapers succeed where the federal government has failed, and new legislation seems unlikely to solve the problem.<p>The recent spate of highly publicized killings of black men by police officers has driven many people to wonder how common such police violence is. Incredibly, no one knows—not …

After Partial NSA Reform, Expanded Internet Surveillance Of Americans Emerges

The Obama administration expanded the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international web traffic in pursuit of Internet hackers, the New York Times reported Thursday.<p>According to documents the New York Times obtained from the trove dispersed to journalists by …