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American privilege in Taiwan: I lied to my Taiwanese students and told them I didn’t speak Chinese. Here’s how it backfired

<b>(Brightrock via iStock)</b><p>Because I was Taiwanese American, my students were shy, distant. Revealing I spoke Chinese made all the difference<p>Lily Hsin<p>December 31, 2015 12:58pm (UTC)<p>“You’re American?”<p>I nod.<p>“Do you speak Chinese?”<p>A boy giggles as he and a group of fellow students surround me on the first …

Columbia University

Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations

A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post.<p>“Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” …

Hackers tried to use a journalist's PayPal account to fund ISIS

He's a famed cybersecurity journalist who formerly worked for The Washington Post, and now breaks stories on his blog, KrebsOnSecurity.<p>But his reporting on hacking and the dark side of the internet has angered some, and he's a now a frequent target of fraudsters and cybercriminals.<p>Krebs was …

El Niño blamed for weather chaos – but California sees an upside

The El Niño climate phenomenon has been blamed for fuelling a spate of recent natural disasters around the world, from flooding in northern England and Paraguay to bushfires in Australia to storms in Texas. But, for many people in California, the current El Niño has been eagerly anticipated.<p>UK …

8 exam questions that divided the internet in 2015 – how many can you get right?

How many do you know the answer to? Here are eight questions that divided the internet in 2015<p>The 50 Cent maths question<p>A high school maths exam question about a 50 Cent piece coin sparked a debate after students complained it was too difficult.<p>"A 50 cent coin has 12 sides of equal length. Two 50 …

Jeb Bush Blames Obama for Rise of Trump

Jeb Bush called Donald Trump "a creature of Barack Obama" in the latest example of the former governor's ever-present frustration with the billionaire businessman during an interview with NPR.<p>"But for Barack Obama, Donald Trump's effect would not be nearly as strong as it is," Bush said.<p>The …

Law firm boss charged with Christmas Eve murder

Carl Langdell is charged with murder after the body of teacher Katie Locke is found in a Hertforshire hotel on Christmas Eve<p>A student who set up his own law firm has been charged with murdering a young teacher at a hotel on Christmas Eve.<p>Carl Langdell, 26, is accused of killing 23-year-old Katie …

The list of missing Chinese financial executives keeps getting longer

On Wednesday, Chang Xiaobing, CEO of the state-owned telecoms giant China Telecom, resigned after becoming the latest Chinese executive to go missing amid a government-led nationwide crackdown on corruption.<p>Multiple high-profile executives have gone missing in recent months, in the wake of China's …

Stock Markets

Now China Wants Okinawa, Site of U.S. Bases in Japan

Beijing is pushing out in all directions, from the South China Sea to several Japanese islands, with an eye on the eastern Pacific that laps American …

Ursula Gauthier: foreign media must fight China censorship, says expelled journalist

French magazine journalist – ousted by Beijing after writing about repression of the Uighur minority – says reporters must find a way around barriers<p>The French correspondent expelled from China for questioning Communist party policy has urged foreign journalists to continue to resist Beijing’s …

The bizarre history of bathrooms getting in the way of equal rights

After this year's historic victory on marriage equality, LGBTQ rights advocates aren't done fighting for equal rights. Their next goal is to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity nationwide. More than half of US states still don't protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, or …

Scientists have figured out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

By the time Dietmar Mueller arrived at the University of Texas as a graduate student in the mid-1980s, scientists had already long embraced a once-astonishing idea: that the continents on which all human history has unfolded, rather than fixtures of constancy, were orphans of a former grand …

Earth Science

Iran opens its first marathon to tourists - but women can't compete

Iran has launched its first marathon open to international runners – but women will be banned from taking part “because of local regulations”.<p>The “I run Iran” race, on April 9 next year, will finish at the mighty Gate of all Nations at Persepolis, the 2,500-year-old seat of the First Persian Empire.<p>…

Ten Remarkable California Wildlife Moments in 2015

As the California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, I have the best job in the world. While overseeing the organization’s conservation …

No, there's still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

Professor Linda Bauld unpicks recent headlines around a study looking at the impact of e-cigarette vapour on human cells, and finds little support for the claim that they’re as harmful as smoking<p>Just under a year ago, I wrote a response to an article by a journalist who claimed there was no …

Finding, or not, a new particle could change the world. Here's one way how

What have we learned this year from particle collisions at a new, record-breaking energy at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider?<p>On 15th December the two biggest experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reported on what has been learned this year from particle collisions at a new, record-breaking …

We weren’t ready for a black president: Race, hate, Donald Trump, guns, Fox News, terror and our tragic American condition

<b>Donald Trump, Barack Obama (AP/Richard Drew/Reuters/Yuri Gripas/cholder via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Right-wing pseudo-statesmen haven’t changed, grown up or dropped the race-baiting, even as Obama has delivered<p>Tom Gogola<p>December 31, 2015 8:35pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on …

Conservatism

India’s sex ratio is worsening regardless of whether you’re Hindu, Muslim or Christian

India’s sex ratio is one of the worst in the world, with only 918 girls for every 1,000 boys. And, according to the most recently released data, this skewed ratio is common across all religions.<p>Among Hindus, the largest religious group in the country, the sex ratio declined from 925 girls in 2001 …

India

How Elizabeth Warren Beat A Student Loan Giant

Investors are fleeing Navient Corp. as traders increasingly bet that the company will default on its debt.<p>Two years ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded to know why a government-sponsored bank meant to expand homeownership was instead lending money on the cheap to student loan company Sallie Mae, …

Finance

Nigerian president offers talks with Boko Haram over Chibok girls

<b>Nigeria's president has said he is prepared to negotiate with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of about 200 schoolgirls.</b><p>Muhammadu Buhari said that if a credible Boko Haram leadership could be identified then he was prepared to talk with them without preconditions.<p>But he said he had no …

Africa

How Trump Could Win It All

That's a fairly depressing headline to wind up 2015, I fully realize. However, I've been noticing that Democrats -- all the way up to and including Hillary Clinton herself -- seem to be awfully complacent about the possible outcomes of next year's presidential race. This could be dangerous, because …

Theranos blood test tech supposedly went unchecked for years

The saga of startup lab Theranos continues to get increasingly complicated. The firm, known for its proprietary tests that only need a finger-prick's worth of blood for analysis, has recently faced accusations that its technology was faulty and inaccurate. Now, it seems that its tech was not …

Donald Trump Targets Barack Obama With New ‘Star Wars’ Ad

Like a TIE fighter trying to take out the Millennium Falcon, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is targeting President Barack Obama with a new …

Russian airstrikes kill over 2,300 in Syria, says human rights group

Three months of Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians, a monitoring group has said.<p>Russia began conducting its air war in Syria on 30 September in support of its embattled ally, President Bashar al-Assad.<p>According to the Syrian Observatory for …

Central American countries agree airlift of Cuban migrants seeking to enter US

• More than 40,000 Cubans have entered US this year after diplomatic thaw<br>• Airlift will leapfrog Nicaragua which refuses to admit Cuban migrants<p>A massive airlift of refugees will begin in Central America next week after regional countries agreed to help thousands of stranded Cubanswho have been driven …

DNA solves mysteries of ancient Ireland

Let’s call her ‘Maria.’<p>She’s a brown-eyed, brown-haired woman, with a face that would be right at home in the Mediterranean or the Middle East.<p>And she’s Irish.<p>She lived about 5200 years ago, and was buried near a stone monument and an ancient ring-shaped earthwork, in Ballynahatty, near Belfast. It …

14-year-old receives first 3-D printed nose in US

Reconstructive surgery on the human nose isn’t uncommon, but until now, doctors in the United States haven’t been able to replicate and restore the body part to its full functionality. Dallan Jennet, a 14-year-old boy from the Marshall Islands, a country that lies near the equator in the Pacific …

Ivanka Trump Claims Her Father 'Clearly' Respects Women

"My whole life has been proof of that."<p>Donald Trump has made many sexist comments about women. He said Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her whatever," called Rosie O'Donnell a "big, fat pig," said Carly Fiorina's face wasn't presidential, and claimed Hillary Clinton got "schlonged" by President …

4 Myths About How to Deal With Climate Change Effectively

HONG KONG -- The world recently agreed to a new climate framework, and opinions flooded in immediately. Views crossed the spectrum from Jeffrey Sachs, who called Paris "an act of true global cooperation of historic significance," to James Hansen, who decried the lack of a carbon tax and deemed the …

Rubio Courts Conservatives With Constitutional Convention Push