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China to build railway linking East Africa

China has signed a deal to build a $3.8bn railway link between Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first stage of a line that will eventually link neighbouring Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.<p>The agreement was signed in Nairobi on Sunday by visiting Chinese premier Li …

White House announces new climate change data website

WASHINGTON -- As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies.<p>The initiative to make the …

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Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

Going back to ancient times, the aim of storytellers has been to immerse us in an experience — of another place, time or point of view. This past week at the South by Southwest film, music and technology conferences in Austin, storytellers and great technologists showed off new ways to take us …

Partition of Libya looms as fight for oil sparks vicious new divide

No one paid much attention to the 21,000-tonne oil tanker Morning Glory as it churned back and forth along the north African coast earlier this month. Tankers are a common sight, carrying Libya's oil exports around the world. But on 1 March it switched off its satellite transponder and vanished …

Holland says yes to the network-agnostic SIM card

Regulators in Netherlands this week opened the door for any company — whether Apple, Audi or your local electric utility — to issue its own SIM cards …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …

By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest Is Changing The World

In an interview with Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, we discussed her new book, with Michael Levi, titled <i>By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World</i>. By All Means Necessary debunks a number …

Scientists Track a Great White Shark Across the Atlantic for the First Time

Tagged off Florida, the mature female is now closing in on the U.K.'s Cornish coast.<p>Ever since researchers tagged a great white shark nicknamed Lydia off Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013, they've been keeping a close eye on her. Their vigilance was rewarded this past weekend when the 14-foot …

Russia blocks opposition websites amid heightened tensions in Ukraine

Authorities say sites promoted "illegal activities," raising fears of growing crackdown<p>The Russian government this week blocked access to prominent websites that have been critical of President Vladimir Putin, amid heightened tensions in neighboring Ukraine. As Reuters reports, the Kremlin ordered …

Venezuela Protest 'Anarchy' Rages On With Little Direction

CARACAS, Venezuela — Gentilina Radaelli is sweeping away shards of glass from an advertising billboard that rioters have ripped from its base and flung into a major avenue. A fallen tree and a metal bar are tangled with it to complete the barricade.<p>“This is anarchy,” says Radaelli, a 54-year-old …

Ukraine leader Yatsenyuk: Peace, partnership with Russia is possible - CNN.com

Ukrainian tanks are transported from their base in Perevalne, Crimea, on Wednesday, March 26. After Russian troops seized most of Ukraine's bases in Crimea, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from the peninsula, citing Russian threats to the lives …

Venice Carnival With Kids

“Show us your boobs!”<p>These catcalls–from drunken revelers dangling beads off balconies at equally inebriated women cruising along Bourbon Street–are what I remember most about my first Mardi Gras experience at the tender age of 16. Just as memorable, however, was how mortified I felt witnessing all …

Face-to-Face With Ocean Giants

Wildlife<p>For all the familiarizing photos we get to see of the once-unknown but still strange and wonderful creatures swimming the ocean’s depths, it’s hard for most of us to imagine what it’s like to actually interact with these animals, to read their movements, sense their gaze, or guess their …

A road trip through Scotland's intoxicating Isle of Skye

Like the finest single malt whisky, the Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of all that is great about Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Its dramatic landscape embraces everything from bleak, wind-scoured mountains to sheer sea cliffs and edge-of-the-world, seashell-strewn beaches. Throw …

The 10 Biggest Snubs in Oscar History

Some of the greatest movies of all time? They didn't win Best Picture.<p>Everyone who cares about movies knows that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is full of shit. To be fair, as recounted in this space previously, sometimes the Academy gets it right. But it usually gets it wrong. …

A Retired Traveler’s Breathtaking Photos of International Landscapes

Bangkok-based Thai photographer Weerapong Chaipuck discovered his passion for photography after an early retirement from the medical profession. Now, Chaipuck travels the world, snapping shots of all the beautiful landscapes he comes across. His breathtaking images offer eye-catching perspectives …

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NASA Discovers 715 Planets Outside Our Solar System

At the end of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, astronaut Dave Bowman’s final words were “My God – it’s full of stars!” But for NASA’s Kepler mission, it might be better to change the line to “My God – it’s full of planets!”<p>Since December 2009, the space observatory has discovered hundreds of worlds beyond our …

UK Spy Agency Yahoo Webcam Spying: What You Need To Know

If you used Yahoo Messenger to video chat with your friends or strangers between 2008 and 2012 — and perhaps even later — British spies might have a …

Inside Crimea: A Jewel in Two Crowns

Crimea has been a flashpoint between Russia and Ukraine for decades. Here's why.<p>In 2011, <i>National Geographic</i> magazine visited Crimea for an in-depth look. Many of the issues we covered then are now in sharp relief as tensions rise between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians.<p><b>Because of its history and</b> …

9 Essential Questions About Ukraine, Answered

Ukraine is quickly becoming the center of a geopolitical crisis that could be the biggest Europe has seen in the 21st century. But chances are, if …

Snowy Ohio 50-Vehicle Pileup Kills 3, Badly Injures Trooper

Three people were killed and a state trooper was seriously injured Wednesday in a mammoth series of accidents involving more than 50 vehicles just 10 miles apart on the snowy Ohio Turnpike, state Highway Patrol said.<p>No information was immediately available on the people who were killed<p>Trooper …

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How Will Drones Change Sports?

Popular Science sat down with drone company Arch Aerial to chat about how drones are changing the way some sports are filmed.<p>A couple years ago, Ryan Baker founded Arch Aerial, a Houston-based drone manufacturer. An archaeologist by training, Baker worked on shooting excavations for clients, and …

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Nine Arrested Over Stabbing Of Hong Kong Newspaper Editor

By Grace Li<p>HONG KONG, March 12 (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong and China have arrested nine men with suspected links to organised crime for the stabbing of a prominent Hong Kong journalist, the territory's chief of police said on Wednesday, an attack that was seen by many as an assault on press …

Do Without Your Phone For Just A Minute And Improve Someone’s Water

UNICEF’s new Tap Project campaign is based around our mobile addiction. For every minute a person puts down his or her phone, the children’s charity …

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