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UN Committee Urging Japan to Ban Sale of Games Portraying Sexual Violence Against Women

Japan’s gaming industry produces a wide variety of content, and if you visit Akihabara in Tokyo, you’ll often find store with entire (and rated well …

United Nations

McDonald's in South Korea to start selling beer

All day breakfast, check. High end burgers, check. Beer? Check.<p>A McDonald’s franchise in South Korea is set to begin selling brews in what they hope will help boost sales and lure in a younger clientele. (The legal drinking age in South Korea is 19.)<p>Already a staple in France and Germany, the …

Giant ‘serpent’ slide built in middle of Shanghai shopping centre freaks out netizens

A five-storey slide built to entertain shoppers in China has sparked jokes and criticism on social media<p>Shanghai shoppers will soon have some novel entertainment to try out in between splashing the cash thanks to the construction of a giant ‘serpent’ slide at one shopping centre.<p>Bargain hunters …

India's biggest student protests in 25 years are spreading to campuses across the country

Outrage over the arrest of the left-wing student leader, who had organized a rally to mark the anniversary of the execution of a Kashmiri separatist, has led to demonstrations in at least 18 universities.<p>In the largest protest, thousands of students and academics at New Delhi's prestigious …

India

The ancient ‘Silk Road’ is back in business as new train connects China to Tehran

Zhejiang to Tehran in 14 days<p>The first train connecting Iran and China loaded with Chinese goods arrived in Tehran Monday, reviving the ancient Silk Road trade route and highlighting the economic possibilities for Iran since the lifting of international sanctions, <i>AFP</i> reports. The 5,900-mile trip …

Silk Road

Giant Shanghai slide sparks fear and satire on Chinese internet

<b>A giant five-storey slide recently unveiled in a Shanghai shopping centre has sparked fear and awe on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site.</b><p>The slide will open in the Printemps mall in the coming weeks, say reports.<p>Pictures posted by Weibo user Jinrouxiongguimiaoxingren last week have spread online …

China

Chinese journalist banned from flying to US to accept a prize for his work

Yang Jisheng has been honoured by Harvard for his ‘fearless reporting’ on China’s 1958-61 famine that left at least 36 million people dead<p>A pioneering journalist who fought to expose the deaths of tens of millions of his fellow citizens in China’s Great Famine has been banned from leaving the …

China

China: North Korea will 'pay a price' for its recent behavior

While China was angered by the launch, it has also expressed concern at plans by Washington and Seoul to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, saying it would impact upon China's own security.<p>"The focus of the nuclear issue on the peninsula is between the United States and North Korea," …

North Korea

North Korea sets up mobile long-range missile unit

Nuclear-capable KN-08 missile able to hit much of continental US, although the weapon has yet to be fully tested<p>North Korea has reportedly set up a new unit equipped with mobile launchers designed to fire long-range ballistic missiles.<p>The new unit is named the KN-08 Brigade, after the KN-08 missile …

Italian student's death puts Egyptian abuses back on agenda

<b>The recent death in Cairo of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni has triggered fresh concerns about Egypt's human rights situation, five years after mass protests forced President Hosni Mubarak from power.</b><p>Mr Regeni, who was in Egypt to conduct research on trade unions and labour rights, …

Muslim Brotherhood

A Human Right? Detroit Cuts off Water to Thousands

About 18 months ago, when Flint started pumping toxic water into homes and businesses, Detroit shut off water sources for tens of thousands of …

Your pharmacist's secret weapon: How your DNA can help perfect your medication

Catherine McLeod suffered one of her worst drug reactions – a minor stroke – while behind the wheel. She drove through a red light, and an oncoming vehicle totalled her car.<p>No one was seriously injured. But after the accident in 2005, she experienced two more minor strokes and kidney damage because …

Why Text Mining will Revolutionize Big Data in Biotech

<b>Currently, searching information within ‘big data’ is performed via key-words, often resulting in a high number of results that are not always</b> …

ST Aero Showcases New Technologies

ST Aerospace is using the Singapore Airshow to promote its technology, manufacturing and design engineering capability.<p>The Singapore-headquartered …

Aviation

Huge cancer breakthrough as scientists kill infected cells by getting them addicted to drugs

The technique, called "mito-priming", has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough in the fight against the killer disease<p>Scientists have found a …

Immunotherapy

Scientists Make Breakthrough in Controlling Type 1 Diabetes

For the 1.25 million Americans with type 1 diabetes—in which the immune system attacks the pancreas, and makes it difficult for patients to control …

Stanford University School of Medicine

Chinese team makes unexpected fusion breakthrough

The march to sustainable nuclear fusion appears to have made serious progress, after a Chinese research group said it sustained a superheated plasma …

Physics

'Narconomics': How The Drug Cartels Operate Like Wal-Mart And McDonald's

When Tom Wainwright became the Mexico correspondent for <i>The Economist</i> in 2010, he found himself covering the country's biggest businesses, including the tequila trade, the oil industry and the commerce of illegal drugs.<p>"I found that one week I'd be writing about the car business, and the next week …

South America

How did Iceland clean up its banks?

<b>The 2008 global financial crisis hit Iceland hard. The currency crashed, unemployment soared and the stock market was more or less wiped out.</b><p>But unlike other Western economies, the Icelandic government let its three major banks - Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbankinn - fail and went after reckless …

Eastern Europe

The Average American Is in Credit Card Debt, No Matter the Economy

Paying off your bill in full is unusual.<p>Most Americans are card-carrying members of a club in which the card is actually the problem.<p>At the end of …

Personal Finance

Moore's law: Legendary computing rule is dying, thanks to smartphones- Technology News, Firstpost

Moore’s law is the observation that, “over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled …

Quantum Computing

Samsung-backed smart shoes will be your personal trainer

If you're still wearing plain old sneakers, Samsung wants to put a stop to that. The company is about to launch a new brand of smart athletic shoes called IoFIT from its in-house startup, Salted Venture. The shoe comes with numerous pressure sensors that measure your posture, balance and weight …

Humans will live underwater in 100 years' time as the population is squeezed out of cities

A report predicts underground cities and floating neighbours will become commonplace in the next century<p>One hundred years from now, the human population will be living in underwater cities and in 3D-printed homes, according to a study that looks at the future of living.<p>Buildings and interiors will …

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal, helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity.<p>Drawing on a massive bank of varieties stored in the Philippines and …

Genetics

Syria: At least 22 killed in strikes against 2 hospitals, sources say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rescuers wearing hard hats searched through rubble for survivors in northern Syria Monday after airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school building.<p>The attacks killed at least 22 people, according to reports. Eight others are missing and presumed dead.<p>Amnesty International said the hospital …

Middle East

Internet of Things (IoT) Predictions

For the third year in a row, the Internet of Things has dominated CES. More than 900 companies out of 3,800 at the show said they had Internet of …

Internet of Things

Data Science Isn't Just For Data Scientists

Today we know that data science isn’t just for data scientists. At least that’s the trend we are seeing radiate upwards from our increasing business-centric approach to the Internet of Things, big data analytics and machine learning. The new data-aware boardroom even sees CEOs and CFOs asking the …

Big Data

This is what's really wrong with oil

The ongoing oil price collapse is having a severely negative impact on the wealth of those who own oil reserves. Western oil companies and OPEC member states, however, aren't so worried about oil reserves in the ground.<p>The number one problem is oil on the surface.<p>Supply far outstrips current …

Oil
Middle East