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A New Cancer Drug, Made in China

After 14 years, Shenzhen biotech’s medicine is one of the few locally developed from start to finish<p>HONG KONG—Xian-Ping Lu left his job as director of research at drug maker Galderma R&D in Princeton, N.J., to co-found a biotech company to develop new medicines in his native China.<p>It took more than …

China

Barack Obama says 'historic agreement' with Iran 'meets our core objectives'

Barack Obama has praised a “historic agreement” over Iran’s nuclear programme, shortly after a tentative framework was announced that would lift international sanctions on Iran in exchange for new limits on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.<p>Iran nuclear deal: negotiators announce 'framework' …

South Asia

Exposing Asia’s Fashion Empires

The fortunes of many global brands are now in the hands of a few powerful families pondering what comes next for their fashion dynasties.<p><b>HONG KONG,</b> …

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

Teaching

8 Destinations That Totally Own Spring

<i>By Laura Pearson for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>By winter's end (or, let's be honest, well before), we get that nature-starved feeling and start looking everywhere for signs of spring. And in these eight spots in the U.S. and abroad, you won't have to look far: Mother nature pulls out all the stops, …

Watch President Obama interview David Simon about The Wire

Our President has great taste in fictional characters<p>The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama <i>The Wire</i>, David Simon. Simon is the interviewee, and speaks frankly about the nation's policing …

TV

Here's the World’s Brightest Fabergé Egg

The giant 3D egg is so bright that it's visible even in daylight.<p>Thanks to Fabergé, the future of jeweled eggs has never looked so bright. For their pre-Easter campaign at Harrods, the iconic jewelry firm enlisted the JUSTSO creative agency and Projection Artworks to design an interactive, virtual …

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

University of California

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way …

8 Wedding Destinations That Are Positively Swoon-Worthy

Weddings are fun. But, destination weddings, with their built-in vacation status, are even better. As a bride, though, you want to make sure you’re …

Weddings

Living in: The world’s happiest places

The world’s top five happiest countries, all of which fall in northern Europe, have cities that delight residents with old town charm, cultural offerings and easy access to nature.<p>If, as Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, happy families are all alike, what about happy countries?<p>The World Happiness …

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Kids’ Choice Awards in Pictures

Splurge or Save: 10 Living Room Essentials for Your New Home

Moving into a new home can be incredibly exciting (hello, housewarming soiree!), but it also comes with its fair share of planning, budgeting and to-do lists. It’s a good rule of thumb to live in your new space for at least two months before making any major purchases. Once you have a feel for your …

Home Decorating

Light Up The Room With Your Dance Moves In These LED Shoes

Time for a little dancing in the dark? A new shoe design by Tokyo-based studio No New Folk takes light-up soles from mid-’90s kids’ wear to hip accessory for the 21st century. Almost 100 LED lights wrap around the sole of the all-white shoes. The colors and patterns can be adjusted with a …

21 remarkable new animal species that will freak you out (pictures)

Your Creative Calendar: 73 Things To Do, See, And Hear This April

Get ready to say goodbye to Mad Men, welcome back Toni Morrison, and get Furious again, as your Creative Calendar for April ushers in spring.<p>It’s no longer April Fools’ Day, so you can trust that there are no hilarious pranks in this month’s entertainment forecast. Let’s leave the pranks to …

The fashion edit: top 10 lilacs

Get ready for spring with lovely lilacs

Top 10

How to Turn Old T-Shirts into a Gorg Statement Necklace

Ah, the beloved t-shirt. We’ve dyed it, chopped it, bedazzled it and bleached it, and we’re not stopping there. Today, we’re revisiting one of our favorite things to make with the inexpensive textile — jewelry! Taking a cue from our classic t-shirt jewelry hack, we’re bringing you a statement …

Sewing

Turkish Artist Creates Delightful Anamorphic Calligraphy That Appears to Pop Out of the Page

Turkish graphic designer and lettering artist Tolga Girgin creates delightful anamorphic calligraphy by hand that appears to pop out of the page. …

FiftyThree Makes Popular Creativity App ‘Paper’ Free Of Charge

FiftyThree, maker of the Paper app and the accompanying Pencil stylus for the iPad, is shaking up its strategy by dropping the price of every feature in its app to zero.<p>Originally, FiftyThree let you get a taste of Paper’s smooth interface for free but charged money if you wanted access to more …

20,000 Cups of Tea Went Into This Portrait

Fancy a cuppa tea? How about 20,OOO cups of tea? Apparenly artist and architect Hong Yi did, because that’s just how many cups of tea she brewed in order to make a thoughtful portrait of a Malaysian tea vendor from the appropriate materials.<p>I wanted to create a piece that reflected an everyday …

The great Picasso sell-off: heir to 10,000 works ready to offload grandfather’s art

The granddaughter of Pablo Picasso has said she plans to privately sell off “one by one, based on need” some of her collection of more than 10,000 works by the artist to help fund her charity work.<p>Marina Picasso’s plans to bypass traditional art market routes will send shivers down the spines of …

Fine Art

Artist 'Fights' His Drawings, And They're A Knockout

We often hear about the tortured relationship artists have with their work. Alex Solis takes that to a clever extreme in his "Inkteraction" series.<p>Solis fights his character drawings in an ongoing battle royal, punching, pinching and just plain annoying them. His sketches fight back, too.<p>You can …

A Guitar Cover of the Daft Punk Song ‘Get Lucky’ in the Styles of 10 Famous Guitarists

Santarem, Portugal-based musician Andre Antunes recently performed a fantastic guitar cover of Daft Punk‘s song “Get Lucky” while imitating the …

Flipboard moves to the web with plans to host some news publishers' content

Flipboard came to prominence as a news-reading app for tablets and smartphones, attracting more than 50 million monthly active readers by the end of 2014.<p>Now it’s launching a fully-fledged website version where people will be able to browse their feeds of news and social updates. What’s more, …

Social Media

Using Only Circles, Famous Films are Cleverly Turned into Minimalist Posters

Designer Nick Barclay is back with a new series that's all about famous films. While his last set was more serious, showing symptoms of depression with geometric designs, this batch is a bit lighter and he does away with all shapes except for the circle. In true minimalist form, he condenses down …

50 Shades of Misty: What Intimacy Looks Like in 2015

Art and pop culture have long been indicators of the popular ideal of love. It’s hardly even a question of quality – it’s what people respond to. …

Relationships