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This is Amazon's patent for a flying warehouse

And you thought getting packages by unmanned drone was cool.<p>An Amazon patent available through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details plans to create an "airborne fulfillment center." Basically, a flying warehouse. Details on the April patent were first uncovered by CB Insights tech analyst …

‘China’s Worst Policy Mistake’?

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy<p>by Kay Ann Johnson<p>University of Chicago Press, 218 pp., …

China

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Child Abandonment China’s Growing Challenge

The sounds of a crying infant echoed out of a public toilet in Beijing’s Qian’er Hutong on Aug. 2.“The baby’s body was already swallowed by the …

"Squishy" The Wayward Donkey That Rode In A Police Car Is Back Home

We needed this ending.<p>Squishy — the miniature donkey that was picked up by a police cruiser in rural Oklahoma — has been reunited with his owner.<p>Police in the town of Norman gave the donkey the name after he was spotted wandering along a rural road earlier this week.<p>Tuesday night, his owner, …

A Donkey Ambulance for Women in Labor in Afghanistan

A new invention uses inflatable cushions to carry women across difficult terrain.<p>Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys.<p>Enter the maternity saddle -- a new invention that promises to carry women in labor across …

German Photographer Documented His 350 Miles Trek On Three Donkeys Around The Most Remote Places In Africa

A journey through the mountainous desert of Ethiopia is a journey through the ancient books of the Bible. It pulls the wanderer from the third …

Xi’s Master Plan for a Stronger, Leaner, More Lethal Chinese Military

China continued to make waves in the South China Sea last week with its deployment of surface-to-air missile launchers and a radar system on the …

Military

China’s education system leaves students woefully unprepared for the real world

Chinese kids are smart. The kids of Shanghai cleaners outperform those of British doctors and lawyers in math, and Shanghai’s richest students are about three academic years ahead of the developed-country average. Students in the 90th percentile in the US score below the average Shanghai student on …

China is building a big data platform for “precrime”

Using online profile and movements, government aims to catch "terrorists" in advance.<p>It's "precrime" meets "thoughtcrime." China is using its …

China's Great Wall Is Crumbling In Many Places; Can It Be Saved?

After centuries of neglect, the world's largest fortification, the Great Wall of China, has a band of modern-day defenders who are drawing up plans to protect and maintain the vast structure.<p>They're not a minute too soon: Roughly a third of the wall's 12,000 miles has crumbled to dust, and saving …

Photographer Documents The Haunting Journey To Auschwitz

Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.<p>On Wednesday, the United Nations marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which the world honors the millions of victims who were murdered by the Nazis in World War II.<p>This year marks the 71st anniversary of the date Soviet forces …

Sculpting the Face by Dodging & Burning in Photoshop

<i>An excerpt from Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop</i>This is a very popular technique that …

Using Focus Stacking to Shoot Ultra-Sharp Photos of Household Objects

A few months ago, photographer Adam Flor and I embarked on a sweet project. The goal was to shoot items using different colored backgrounds and use …

Landscape Photography

How to Slow Down & Love Photography … Again

For me, photography is often a solitary pursuit. At times this is a blessing. The calm of twiddling dials and manipulating a tripod can be a …

A Complete Guide to Retouching Portraits in Photoshop for Free

There is an innumerable amount of articles and tutorials teaching parts and pieces of retouching portraits. However, finding the ones with quality …

Tutorials

Enchanting Portraits of Identical Twin Farmers in the Hungarian Countryside

With <i>The Twins</i>, Germany-based photographer Janos Stekovics remembers the lives and rituals of a since-passed set of identical twin farmers, János and …

Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says

<b>Five Chinese naval ships are currently positioned in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, US officials confirm.</b><p>It is believed to be the first time Chinese military vessels have been seen operating in the area.<p>Officials say they have been monitoring the ships' activities, but said they were …

Wildfires have burnt more than 5 million football fields of land already this year

If you're have trouble wrapping your mind around that number, <b>picture 5 million football fields on fire.</b><p>This year's numbers will likely skyrocket to break 2006's all-time record of 9.8 million acres, since there are currently 70 wildfires burning, according to NIFC.<p>More wildfires mean more …

'Boko Haram fighters on horseback' kill villagers

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback have shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents have said.<p>Vigilante Babakura Kolo said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday …

Suspect in Houston-area officer attack had history of mental illness

A man charged with murder in the ambush of a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy had a history of mental illness and was once declared mentally incompetent, according to authorities and his former attorney.<p>Shannon J. Miles, 30, was being held without bond after an initial court hearing Monday. …

Mental Disorders

Murder rates rise in some major U.S. cities, cause unknown

The murder rate in major cities across the United States has risen in 2015 compared to where it was over the same period last year—in some cases by a …

Photos: The 2,000-year-old temple you will never get to see because ISIL apparently blew it up

“The city of Palmyra, noble for its situation, the riches of its soil and its pleasant streams, encloses its fields with a vast compass of sands,” wrote Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in <i>Natural History</i> (in 77 AD). “And as if shut out by nature from all other lands, it is by a peculiar lot …

ISIS Shows Off Its American-Made M16 Rifles

ISIS appears to be making use of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq.<p>A video released by ISIS' media arm in northern Iraq purportedly shows more than a dozen of the terror group's fighters undergoing weapons training — on American M16 rifles, according to Flashpoint Intelligence.<p>"It is noteworthy that the …