J Basinger

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Chile could become Latin America’s first developed country by 2025 — or not

When Chile’s President-elect Sebastian Piñera told me that Chile may become Latin America’s first developed country by 2025, I was skeptical. But I …

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How This Lithium-ion Breakthrough Could End Smartphone Battery Anxiety

It could also lead to better electric cars.<p>A team of researchers have cleared the path to enable batteries that are safer, lighter, and contain more …

Humans are just starting to understand this nearly invincible creature — and it's fascinating

Scientists are just starting to understand the tardigrade. It can survive boiling water, outer space, and extreme radiation. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>This funny looking little guy can survive boiling hot water, outer space, and decades without food or water. It's called a "tardigrade" …

The fascinating sex life of Jonathan, the 185-year-old giant tortoise

Straight? Gay? Bisexual? He may be about 185 years old, but the years have clearly done little to quell the sexual appetite of Jonathan, the famous giant tortoise who resides on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena.<p>Jonathan, the world’s oldest living land animal, has been in the spotlight …

China's Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

In the remote jungle city of Mong La, endangered animals are sold as aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines, and gastronomic delicacies.<p>MONG LA, Myanmar—In this gaudy mecca of eroticism and greed on the eastern border with China, the cuisine isn't for the squeamish: Many items on the menu, including …

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …

Google Acquires Real-Time Translation App World Lens

In an effort to beef up its translation product, Google today acquired the app World Lens, which translates text in real-time via users’ …