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Mysterious source of illegal ozone-killing emissions revealed, say investigators

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday.<p>The chemical, trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11, has been banned around the world since 2010 and is a …

Pollution

China’s ‘Spicy Mums’: luxury-spending powerhouses who live by word of WeChat groups | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

The development of China in the past decade is most easily visible through big numbers.<p>Yet statistics such as “Chinese travelling overseas increased …

China

Spiders fly on the currents of Earth’s electric field

Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind …

Insects

Koa Smith Rides a Mile-Long Wave, Gets Barreled Eight Times at Skeleton Bay

Yep, that's one hell of a leg burner<p>In the most mesmerizing clip to come out of Namibia since Cory Lopez put the surreal left hander on the map a …

Aquatic Sports

Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan Like a Rock Star—From Your Computer

“El Capitan is something every climber aspires to climb one day,” says Peter Mortimer, a Sender Films’ co-director of <i>Valley Uprising</i>, a 2014 documentary about the climbing history in Yosemite National Park in California. “But relatively speaking, very few actually do it.”<p>Now it’s possible to …

Climbing

Iran’s ancient engineering marvel

Dating back around 3,000 years, the qanat is an ingenious and sustainable solution to Iran’s dearth of easily accessible water.<p><i>What on Earth are those?</i> I thought to myself shortly before landing in the Iranian city of Esfahan one summer. From the aeroplane window, I could see what looked like a …

Ancient History

The nautilus’s impressive memory has survived five mass extinctions

But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.<p>Number 51 loves frozen shrimp. The nautilus’ keepers, Brooklyn College professor Jennifer Basil and Ph.D. student Naomi Lewandowski, buy the marine meal from the Target across the street. They keep it frozen, and on a …

Extinction

This Timelapse Through Botswana Will Make You Want to Book a Spontaneous Safari

See how incredible taking a safari through Botswana can be.<p>Botswana is a wildlife lover’s paradise, with national parks and reserves covering more …

Out of Asia: China steel exporters chase new buyers in Africa, South America

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese steelmakers are seeking new export destinations in Africa and South America as shipments to their biggest overseas buyers in Southeast Asia fall by double digits, with new U.S. trade actions threatening to kill off some markets entirely.<p>China, the world's largest …

China

Luxury concierge clubs offer ultra-rich Chinese the world at their fingertips | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

<i>This article was written by Tamsin Smith and originally published in Jing Daily</i><p>For China’s ultra-rich, luxury concierge clubs offer access to …

China is going to sell half the world’s electric cars by borrowing policies from California

Ninety seven million new vehicles were sold globally last year. Only about 2% of them were electric. Yet things are changing fast. The world last year saw a 50% annual growth rate in electric vehicle (EV) sales.In 2018, EV sales should near 1.6 million. As EV manufacturing costs fall below those of …

Alternative Fuel

Watching Japan’s King of Tuna Cut Fish is Mesmerizing

Inside the world's largest fish market, a master shows where Tokyo's best sushi comes from.<p>Most days each week, a little drama plays out inside the …

Should you move to LA?

Maybe<p>Thinking about moving to Los Angeles? The first thing you should know: LA is massive. This fact informs nearly all of the advice that follows.<p>The city of Los Angeles is about half the size of Rhode Island, and it’s home to more than 4 million people. That’s just the city of LA.<p>There are87 …

20+ Times People Found Some Truly Perfect Handwriting Examples That Were Too Good Not To Share (New Pics)

One of the biggest casualties of the digital age has been the fine skill of handwriting, and the opportunities to show off one's artsy and …

EU Is Ready to Fight Back Against China's Growing Trade Dominance

Europe is set to tighten controls over foreign investment, a sign of growing wariness of China’s efforts to use its $11 trillion economy to become a …

The $200 Uno synth crams a ton of features into a small package

IK Multimedia is known for its wide variety of music gear, including MIDI controllers, mixers and instrument interfaces. Now the company has just launched its first analog synth, a compact little machine named Uno.<p>The company's own Erik Norlander (one of the designers behind Alesis' Andromeda …

He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption.

TIANJIN, China — Han Zicheng survived the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war and the Cultural Revolution, but he knew he could not endure the sorrow of living alone.<p>On a chilly day in December, the 85-year-old Chinese grandfather gathered some scraps of white paper and wrote out a pitch in …

China

White House Considers Restricting Chinese Researchers Over Espionage Fears

WASHINGTON — It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: In April, China is said to have tested an invisibility cloak that would allow ordinary fighter jets to suddenly vanish from radar screens.<p>This advancement, which could prove to be a critical intelligence breakthrough, is one that …

Reckless dolphin totally body-slams unsuspecting paddleboarder

You never realize just how large dolphins are till one of them body-slams you.<p>Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, …

Self-destructive species: from exploding ants to postnatal octopuses

Ants<p>Earlier this month, a group of scientists described a newly discovered ant species, <i>Colobopsis explodens</i>, in the journal <i>ZooKeys</i>. As the name suggests, the worker ants of the species, which is found in south-east Asia, are known to explode when attacked, releasing sticky, toxic fluid from their …

Insects

28 Trippy Optical Illusions As GIFs

This shit is CRAZY.

GIF Animations

Mexican Walking Fish may hold key to helping paralysed people walk again

An endangered salamander may hold the key to helping paralysed people walk again, scientists believe.<p>The axolotl, or Mexican salamander has the astonishing ability to regenerate limbs and even spinal cord if it has been injured.<p>But now a new study by the University of Minnesota in the US has …

'Boiled frog syndrome': Germany's China problem

SCHROBENHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Bauer, a big producer of construction equipment, is better placed than many German companies that invested heavily in China over the past few decades.<p>The Bavaria-based firm, which traces its roots back to 1790, does not have to worry about keeping a Chinese joint …

China

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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Inside Rex Tillerson’s Ouster

The last days of his brief and chaotic tenure as Secretary of State.<p>Rex Tillerson’s team was fighting again. “So, who’s going to go in with him?” Margaret Peterlin, his chief of staff, was saying. She looked me up and down with an expression that suggested she’d discovered a pest in the house. We …

Cancer Breakthrough Leads China's Biotech Boom

A few days before Craig Chase was discharged from the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Hospital in Nanjing, his doctor told him something he never …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

US drops the hammer on China's ZTE amid trade tensions

The US just handed down more penalties against a Chinese telecommunications giant. And no, this isn't about Huawei.<p>The Commerce Department has imposed a "denial of export privileges" against ZTE, which translates to a ban on US companies selling any products and services to the China-based company. …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

These 10 unreal free solo climbs will wow you

Check out some of the world's most legendary, frightening, and ground-breaking free solos of all time.<p>There are few more daring and death-defying …

Amazing storm timelapse compilation will leave you breathless

Chasing deadly storms is a hobby that might raise some eyebrows. But one redditor has good reason to partake in this dangerous job.<p>"I can't find a …