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China’s Challenge to Democracy

The democratic cause is on the defensive today, and China’s pragmatic authoritarianism now offers a serious rival model, based on economic progress and national dignity<p>In his 1992 book “The End of History and the Last Man,” Francis Fukuyama famously declared the triumph of liberal democracy as the …

Political Science

The Best Unpretentious Beers You Can Find Just About Anywhere

Discerning beer drinkers don’t always have the luxury of boutique craft shops or well-stocked grocery stores, particularly when traveling. What, …

Beer

China's Cabinet Shuffle Suggests That Xi Will Rule China Through The State, Not The Party

Late Tuesday afternoon China unveiled plans for a major government reorganization, cutting the number of top-level ministries and streamlining management reporting structures. China’s cabinet, the State Council chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, will be reduced from 35 members to a more manageable 27. …

China

Emperor Xi's China Is Done Biding Its Time

A Q&A with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is going to school on the Chinese president.<p>Mao Zedong once insisted that "the people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history." Then again, he's also the guy who said that poverty is good, a world war is …

China

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had …

Bank of China

London’s Royal Opera Lost Its Soprano. It Had 36 Hours to Find a New One.

‘Rigoletto’ diva’s sudden illness was do-or-die opportunity for a singer from Madrid<p>Singer Sabina Puértolas was buying groceries in Madrid when her agent called with a question. Would she like to perform one of opera’s most prestigious roles on a world-famous stage?<p>Yes, she said, of course, …

Opera

‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

It was late November and former Intel Corp. engineer Thomas Prescher was enjoying beers and burgers with friends in Dresden, Germany, when the …

Beyond Pho and Banh Mi: 22 Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes

When we think about Vietnamese food, complex flavors and contrasting textures come to mind. Take, for example, pho, a noodle dish consisting of either beef or chicken broth that is simmered for hours before being served piping hot with a heaping plate of crunchy leafy greens and various aromatic …

Vietnam

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

That Ear-Splitting Leaf Blower? It Also Emits More Pollution Than a Car

The blowers and related devices are dirty because many use two-stroke engines<p>Once autumn leaves are down, landscapers with leaf blowers strapped to their backs pour into America’s neighborhoods like hornets from a hive.<p>Which raises an interesting question: How much pollution does a leaf blower emit?<p>…

Power Tools

In a Divided Nation of Big Cities and Small Towns, Caity Cronkhite Thought She Knew Where She Belonged

She graduated from high school early to chase opportunity far from Kingman, Ind. A decade later, she starts to see what she left behind.<p>KINGMAN, Ind.—It took months for Caity Cronkhite to get up the nerve to go home again.<p>Ms. Cronkhite, 27 years old, had stormed out of Indiana after graduating from …

High School

God’s Plan for Mike Pence

Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?<p>No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all. It’s a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to …

Finland Is Flourishing After 100 Years of Independence

‘Nordic model,’ innovation focus help drive high quality of life and growth, though aging population, productivity pose challenges<p>HELSINKI—This week’s 100th anniversary celebrations of Finland’s independence are partly a celebration of survival against the odds.<p>Even Lenin, who became the first …

Europe

How to Tame Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple

It’s harder to fix a problem than to identify it. That goes quadruple for Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon.com Inc., and Facebook Inc.<p>On …

The truth about fat and sugar is finally explained

<i>Why did it take us so long to realise sugar, not fat, was the enemy? In a move that would make most big pharma companies proud, new research</i> …

A fake Amazon ad tried to scam users before Black Friday

A fake advertisement that looked like a legitimate link to Amazon was visible in Google search results on Thursday, just ahead of the Black Friday …

Personal Information

29 places in San Francisco to take your out-of-town relatives - Curbed SF

<i>Editor’s note: This map originally appeared in November 2016, and now we've updated and expanded it for the new holiday season.</i><p>The holiday weekend is here folks. Passover begins tonight. Easter Sunday is, well, Sunday. And spring break has already swung into action. For many this means distant …

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to …

The art of the erotic: what sexy pictures say about us

The yearning to create is so forceful that it makes perfect sense that many artists equate the act of creation with the libido. Every sweep of charcoal, every stroke of paint and every strike of the chisel is imbued with desire. It is the shortest of steps from the compulsion to originate art to …

Prehistory

Why Xi Jinping’s (Airbrushed) Face Is Plastered All Over China

President Xi Jinping is using tried-and-true methods to craft a personality cult reminiscent of Mao.

Xi Jinping

It’s Been 10 Years Since Robots Proved They Could Drive

The brief history of the self-driving car is parked in Pittsburgh. Robotic vehicles built by students and professors stand sentry on the campus green …

General Motors

How an Aircraft Trader Became an Ally of China’s HNA

Bharat Sharatchandra Bhise eventually became one of the company’s largest individual shareholders<p>SHANGHAI—Over two decades ago, George Soros’s fund-management organization dispatched a newly hired aircraft trader to China, where it had invested in a startup airline.<p>As the airline blossomed into a …

George Soros

Move over, America. China now presents itself as the model ‘blazing a new trail’ for the world.

BEIJING — American presidents are fond of describing their nation as a “city on a hill” — a shining example for other nations to follow. But China is now officially in the business of styling itself as another polestar for the world, with a very different political, economic and cultural model.<p>“The …

China

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World

Hartmut Neven believes in parallel universes. On a recent morning outside Google’s Los Angeles office, the 53-year-old computer scientist was lecturing me on how quantum mechanics—the physics of atoms and particles—backs the theory of a so-called multiverse. Neven points to the tape recorder …

Quantum Computing

Become a blockchain expert in 1,384 words

And it's going to fundamentally change how businesses operate.<p>Make no mistake… this revolution is <i>at least</i> as significant as the one brought about by the Internet. It will disrupt every single business on the face of the earth.<p>That's why it's vital that you learn to understand this technology. It …

How will the California fires impact wine?

Napa and Sonoma’s wine industry has lost its postcard image, replaced for now by scenes of char and death.<p>How the region recovers depends heavily on the area’s largest industry, which contributes $57 billion to the state economy, by some estimates.<p>What burned?<p>About 200,000 acres have burned since …

Wine

Would you board Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?

The final destination for passengers on this Friday the 13th flight is HEL.<p>That’s the airport code for Helsinki, Finland, not the Lake of …

Flying

The Smartest Americans are Heading West as Computer Chips Replace Cow Chips

Three cities in Colorado — a state whose fortunes have been tied to the boom and bust of oil, gas and other commodities — are among the top 10 …

Vladimir Voevodsky, Revolutionary Mathematician, Dies at 51

Vladimir Voevodsky, formerly a gifted but restless student who flunked out of college out of boredom before emerging as one of the most brilliant and revolutionary mathematicians of his generation, died on Sept. 30 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 51.<p>Nadia Shalaby, his former wife, said he was …

Mathematics