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Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

The truth stings: Still no answers for collapsing bee colonies

<b>(Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel)</b><p>The honeybee die-off crisis is jeopardizing America’s food supply, yet we’re still no closer to solving the problem<p>Scott Dodd<p>August 18, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on OnEarth.org.<p>In 2006, long before I worked at this magazine, <i>OnEarth</i> contributing …

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China home prices continue to rise in July

<b>Property prices in China continued to rise in July, underlining the challenge the authorities face as they try to control the sector's growth.</b><p>Prices of new houses rose in 69 of 70 major cities, compared with a year ago.<p>China has unveiled a series of measures in recent times to curb speculation in …

JPMorgan's China Hires Underscore Power Of State Enterprises

Anyone versed in China’s political economy will be unmoved by the news that Western investment banks court the children of the well-connected. But it’s still worth paying attention to how privilege is parlayed into hard cash and what it says about the challenge of making over China’s state-directed …

China: Wang Xuemei, forensic scientist in Neil Heywood murder case, quits

Scientist who raised doubts about conviction of Gu Kailai resigns days before trial of Gu's husband, Bo Xilai<p>A leading Chinese forensic scientist who questioned Gu Kailai's conviction for murdering the British businessman Neil Heywood has resigned days before Gu's husband, Bo Xilai, goes on …

Sharp Decline In Chinese Executions Mirrors Global Trend

Executions in China are falling rapidly, in line with a trend worldwide, including in the U.S.<p>NPR reported on the decline in executions on <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>. An estimated 3,000 people were put to death in China last year. That number is down from an average of 15,000 a year in the 1990s.<p>The …

Russia "disappointed" bilateral talks with US cancelled

<b>The Kremlin says it is "disappointed" the US cancelled bilateral talks in September, after Russia granted asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.</b><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser said the move showed the US could not develop ties with Russia on an "equal basis".<p>A …