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Chinese women compete to be as thin as an A4 piece of paper

Craze that challenges women to pose behind a vertical A4 sheet of paper with their waist not visible either side has been widely criticised<p>A new craze in China that led to women posing with A4 pieces of paper to demonstrate how thin they are has been criticised and mocked on social media.<p>The …

Here's why negative interest rates won't work

The goal of such rates is to force banks to lend their excess reserves. The assumption is that such lending will boost aggregate demand and help struggling economies recover. Using the same central bank logic as in 2008, the solution to a debt problem is to add on more debt. Yet, there is an old …

8 Awesome Photos That Showcase The Wonders Of Underwater Life

These are the winning images of the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year contest.<p>A golden seahorse, a fishing bear and a wrecked ship never looked so stunning.<p>Those are just some of the winning images in this year's Underwater Photographer of the Year contest. Italian photographer Davide …

The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

It's been another year of awe-inspiring and goosebump-inducing photography. Take a look at the best of the best.<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Photo Contest 2015<p>The travel arm of the National Geographic Society received more than 17,000 entries, with one image making it to the top spot: a spectacular …

Bolivia's raw beauty calls to travelers looking for adventure

Bolivia may be the hottest ticket in South America.<p>Yes. Bolivia.<p>With President Evo Morales' election to a third term in November 2014, Bolivia has enjoyed nine years of political stability — one of the longest stretches in its history since its independence from Spain in 1825. That has led to …

Interview With Harvard's Most Popular Professor, Michael Puett: What's So Great, or Not, About Asian Education?

Michael Puett is a professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations who was s one of five professors awarded the Harvard College Professorship for outstanding teaching.<p><b>Emanuel Pastreich</b><p>There is great admiration for the remarkable emphasis on education we find …

The funniest animal photos of 2015 revealed

The above image of a wild hamster, cheeks filled with food, expression of quiet determination writ large across its furry brow, has been named the funniest animal photo of the year at the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.<p>The hamster, or rather Julian Rad, the Austrian who captured it, …

Historic Election Day in Myanmar: Pictures

Stunning Photos of Underwater Life You Need to See

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Skype Co-Founders Launch The Starship ‘Ground Drone’ For Deliveries

To date most of the talk around drones has been about how flying drones will disrupt the delivery industry. But for some bizarre reason the whole idea of a ‘ground drone’ which could address the ‘last mile’ of deliveries tended to be missed. Well, no more.<p>Now, two former co-founders of Skype, Ahti …

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MPs to vote on assisted dying for first time in nearly 20 years

MPs are set to vote on the right to die for the first time in almost 20 years as controversial laws are subject to a landmark debate.<p>The Labour MP Rob Marris will introduce the assisted dying bill on Friday after coming top of the private members’ bill ballot following the general election.<p>The …

Planet Jupiter: Facts About Its Size, Moons and Red Spot

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Fittingly, it was named after the king of the gods in Roman mythology. In a similar manner, the …

Homo Naledi, New Human Species Found: Pictures

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2015: more of the best entries so far

Polar Obsession Photos

See images of Arctic and Antarctic landscapes and wildlife, like polar bears, penguins, leopard seals, and more, and buy prints, from National Geographic.

This Is Exactly How Important Soil Is To Life On Earth

Scientists put an exact number on soil biodiversity's impact above ground: 32 percent<p>When we think of biodiversity, usually our minds conjure up colorful lush images of plants and trees, bright amphibians, reptiles and fish, mammals, and brightly tinted birds on the wing. Maybe you even think of …

12 Of The Most Powerful Science Photos Of This Week

Here are the most moving, spectacular, and beautiful photos of science and nature from the last week.

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Fishing leopards of Botswana, brown bears of Belarus and wildbeests of Masai Mara are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Commuters, unite! Why cities around the world need to design better routes to work

Commutes are getting longer all across the world, and as the 2014 transit fare protests in Brazil underscored, they are left ignored at a politician’s peril. Increasingly, commuters are banding together—despite the political chasm they exist in—to demand better, cheaper, and safer access to the …

Urban Design

I Asked 12 Scientists: What Is The One Fact Humanity Needs To Know?

"If civilisation was destroyed, what scientific information would you pass on to the survivors?"<p>Richard Feynman, the physicist, was once asked: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what …

Robert Mugabe booed in Zimbabwe's parliament over economic crisis

Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downward spiral for more than a decade with slow growth, low liquidity and high unemployment<p>Zimbabwe’s veteran president Robert Mugabe was booed and heckled by opposition politicians over the deteriorating economy as he gave his state of the nation address to …

The Psychology of Karma

Research by psychologist Benjamin Converse at the University of Virginia finds that human beings tend believe in a kind of karma, namely our western skew on the spiritual axiom that good deeds result being treated well by fate; we believe we can influence uncontrollable outcomes by performing good …

University graduate wins James Dyson Award for 3D-printed prosthetic hand

Joel Gibbard, who graduated from Plymouth University in 2011, has created a prosthetic hand that costs far less than current artificial limbs<p>A robotics graduate has won the James Dyson Award for a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that costs a fraction of current artificial limbs.<p>Joel Gibbard, a robotics …

Personal effects of 'the mother of modern physics'will be radioactive for another 1500 years

Curie, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different fields (physics and chemistry), furthered the research of French physicist Henri Becquerel, who in 1896 discovered that the element uranium emitted rays.<p>The duo named the element polonium, after Poland, Marie's native country.<p>Still, after …

Why is China's stock market falling and how might it affect the global economy?

Concerns about inflation, shares and interest rates are raised after ‘Black Monday’ chaos sees billions wiped off markets around the globe<p>China’s stock market has fallen sharply over recent weeks despite measures by officials in Beijing aimed at calming investors’ jitters and shoring up global …

Stock Markets

UK economy: the low-interest rate era is far from over

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney may hope otherwise but it’s a safe bet that rockbottom rates will stay rockbottom this year and next<p>It’s a safe bet that Britain’s rock-bottom interest rates are going to stay at rock bottom, this year and next. That is the message from the global economy, where …

3 Cognitive Biases That Alter Your Thinking

“<i>Change your thoughts and you change your world.</i>”<br>~Norman Vincent Peale<p>There are far too many layers of cognition (thinking, knowing, remembering) to …

One of the newest, most viable forms of clean energy could beat all other existing options

One of the newest, and seemingly most viable forms of clean energy, could be poised to outperform all of the existing options, including solar: algae biofuel.<p>Algae are found throughout the Earth's oceans, where they employ photosynthetic processes to create energy using sunlight. Some types of …

9 must-read economics stories of the week

Welcome to your weekly economics update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth and social inclusion.<p><b>The</b> …

A Country Haunted by Starvation Burns Its Food

A hundred and fourteen tons of pork were annihilated in the Russian city of Samara, on the Volga River. The pork, which had been imported using Brazilian documents, was revealed to have come from the European Union. More than two hundred tons of other food followed—cheese in Orenburg, pork in St. …

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