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A tale of two courts: How does Hong Kong compare to China?

<b>A visit to a courthouse can tell you much about the norms and values of any society.</b><p>And there can be few starker ways to experience the differences between Hong Kong and mainland China.<p>Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow - the leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement - turned up at …

Hong Kong

Forget Software—Now Hackers Are Exploiting Physics

Practically every word we use to describe a computer is a metaphor. "File,” “window,” even “memory” all stand in for collections of ones and zeros …

An Italian doctor explains “Syndrome K,” the fake disease he invented to save Jews from the Nazis

In the fall of 1943, German soldiers in Italy began rounding up Italian Jews and deporting them—10,000 people were sent to concentration camps during the nearly two-year Nazi occupation. Most never returned. But in Rome, a group of doctors saved at least 20 Jews from a similar fate, by diagnosing …

World History

The best independent bookstores worldwide, according to readers

To kick off Independent Booksellers Week, here are some of our readers’ favourite indie book havens<p>What’s your favourite? Add it here Part I: The 10 best independent bookshops in the world – readers recommend Read our series of interviews with booksellers<p>In a year in which independent bookshops …

Explore Mars with 360-degree image shot by NASA Curiosity Rover

Earlier this year, NASA released a 360-degree image from the perspective of the Curiosity Mars Rover. The scene is made up of a combination of …

We're in the middle of a cancer-drug-innovation gold rush — but it has one major side effect

But with that will come some big costs. The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics expects cancer treatment costs to hit $150 billion by 2020, up from $107 billion in 2015.<p>Enter a new potential side effect: debilitating cost. How do doctors and researchers factor in the costs that a patient is …

Cancer

Physicists Foil Forgers with Unclonable Reflective Patterns

Thank cholesteric liquid crystal microspheres.<p>Just the word "security" has by now come to imply digital security. Security of information. This world of high-value bytes—representing everything from bank accounts to industrial control and-or weapons systems—is protected by an ever-expanding suite …

Incorporated

When Does Equality Flourish?

Late one evening in the summer of 2012, a group of researchers stood outside a bar in Lawrence, Kansas. They worked for Laura Van Berkel, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Kansas who was interested in how drinking alcohol affects people’s thinking about equality. To that end, as …

Psychology

AI that picked Oscar winners could predict the next US president

There's strength -- and intelligence -- in numbers. Unanimous A.I., a Silicon Valley startup, has built a platform that taps into the collective knowledge of a group of people to form its own opinions, preferences and surprisingly accurate predictions. The software, dubbed UNU, successfully guessed …

Hiroshima Saved My Life

<b>WASHINGTON</b>--As President Barack Obama prepares tomorrow to become the first American President to visit Hiroshima since that fateful day 71 years ago, I've spent a lot of time thinking of friends long since gone. The atomic bombs that America dropped on Japan in August of 1945 took more than …

History

Physicists Just Discovered a Totally New Form of Light

Science, always keeping us on our toes.<p>Physicists have just discovered a new form of light that doesn't follow our existing rules of angular …

Quantum Mechanics

What's the point of peacekeepers when they don't keep the peace?

From Rwanda to Bosnia, Haiti to Congo, failures raise questions about future of United Nations blue helmets<p>Rwanda, 1994. The nadir of many lows for UN peacekeeping.<p>Hundreds of desperate Tutsis sought refuge on the first day of the genocide at a school where 90 UN troops were under the command of …

A New Type of Bandage Will Draw Out Bacteria And Speed Up Healing

This is awesome.<p>Australian researchers are developing a new type of nanofibre mesh bandage that attracts bacteria, and will hopefully help to speed …

Breakthroughs

Are You Sure You Want To Quit The World?

If you were desperate and hopeless enough to log on to a suicide chat room in recent years, there was a good chance a mysterious woman named Li Dao would find you, befriend you, and gently urge you to take your own life. And, she'd promise, she would join you in that final journey. But then the …

Crime

Searching for Sugar Daddy

Do you ever see a super-old, super-rich guy out on the town with a super-young girl who's super out of his league and wonder, how the hell did that happen? This is how it happened. Taffy Brodesser-Akner investigates the bold new transactional-love economy<p>1. <b>THURSTON VON MONEYBAGS</b><p>Thurston Von …

Love

Unbelievable Skeletons Unearthed From The Catacombs Of Rome

Back in 1578 came the fascinating discovery of a network of labyrinthine tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. The tombs were home to the …

Business Insider

This abandoned Chinese island shows what the world might look like without humans.

The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys and Voluntourism

White people aren't told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don't garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we …

Some Are Covered in Wax, Some Are Just Bone, But All of These Incorruptable Saints Are Haunting Holy Relics

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter.</i><p>The Italian nun grimaced …

Slate.com

The company has a very ambitious reason for its massive reshuffling.

'Golden child' Jennifer Pan's gruesome plot after web of lies uncovered

<b>Washington:</b> For a while, Jennifer Pan's parents regarded her as their "golden" child.<p>The young Canadian woman, who lived in the city of Markham just …

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …

Nuclear Iran: How and Why The JCPOA Will Work

Even before the negotiations started, President Obama's detractors were saying that his efforts to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program would fail. Now that we have an actual plan to review, we can weigh the merits of that plan. I have read the plan and it is my opinion that the plan is a …

Iran

Trump's McCain insult shows ignorance of anti-air hell faced by pilots in Vietnam

Aviators showed extreme courage in face of Soviet-supplied North Vietnamese defenses that created ‘most sophisticated and intense anti-air environment ever’<p>The contretemps over Donald Trump’s dismissal of Senator John McCain’s military heroism has overlooked the circumstances that make it resonate …

Military

How I went from underemployed waitress to the top 1% of millennials in 6 months

<i>"All the best things that happened to me happened after I was rejected. I knew the power of getting past no."</i>— Barbara Corcoran<p>I scour Reddit A LOT. One subreddit I thoroughly enjoy engaging in is "r/findapath." In this subreddit, young people are redundantly asking three formations of the …

Small Business

How Sci-fi Ships...

<b>The Fastest Ship in the Universe: How Sci-fi Ships Stack Up</b><p>From the Millennium Falcon to the USS Enterprise, science fiction has shown us a vast …

Angela Merkel's incredible rise from quantum chemist to the world's most powerful woman

Germany's Angela Merkel is the undisputed leader of her political party, and she faces hardly any opposition in her now third parliamentary term as chancellor.<p>In honor of the Bundeskanzlerin's birthday, here's the story of Merkel's rise from humble beginnings under an oppressive East German regime …

Europe

Why Nobody Intervened in the July 4 Metro Murder

On Saturday, July 4 a group of people traveling on a Red Line Metro train headed to Fourth of July festivities in Washington, D.C. watched as one …

The One Thing Everybody Should Know About Relativity

Yesterday, I wrote about the core concepts needed to understand quantum physics, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics. The other, of course, is the theory of relativity, the full and complete version of which celebrates its 100th birthday this November (we usually talk about relativity …

Physics