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India-China border dispute: both sides step warily with high-level visits due

Two weeks ago Indian military officials announced that they had discovered that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between …

Somalia takes steps to rebuild its economy | Marketplace.org

Secret Ad Message Targets Kids

What if you had a message that you wanted to reach abused kids, but not their abusers? A Spanish group, Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR) came up with a novel solution. As described at Gizmodo, they developed an outdoor ad that uses a lenticular lens layer to show different …

Sweden Now Has An Entire Museum Devoted To Its Favorite Pop Band

The museum, called ABBA The Museum, is devoted to all things ABBA, showcasing the band's albums, costumes, and memorabilia. Visitors will also be able to karaoke to ABBA music on stage with interactive holograms of the band members.<p>The museum will be part of the larger Swedish Music Hall of Fame, …

ABBA

Imran Khan's accident triggers wave of sympathy in Pakistan

Imran Khan, a leading candidate in this week's general election in Pakistan, was rushed to hospital with a skull fracture and injured back on Tuesday …

Deadly giant snail found in Houston

Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it.<p>The snails, researchers warn, are potentially dangerous to touch, in part because they can carry meningitis. Scientists have warned anyone …

Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case

There's been a buzz of activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta since scientists got their first samples of a new bird flu virus from China four weeks ago.<p>Already they've prepared "seed strains" of the virus, called H7N9, and distributed them to vaccine manufacturers so …

Nigeria extremist attacks leave many dead

Co-ordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy machine guns have killed at least 42 people in north-east Nigeria, according to …

Hospital Prices, Revealed! (Sort Of)

Economists think prices are close to magic — constantly changing signals that help people figure out what to buy and who to buy it from (and what to sell and who to sell it to).<p>But in health care, it seems like nobody knows the price of anything. This recent study, for example, found most hospitals …

China isn’t wrong to call the US “the real hacking empire”

The cyberwar between China and the US has spread from computers into the halls of diplomacy. In a report this week, the Pentagon said for the first time that the Chinese government and military have been launching cyber attacks against the US. Today, Chinese state media called the US “the real …

Cybersecurity

Zambian men charged over gay sex

<b>Two Zambian men have pleaded not guilty during a court appearance in the small central town of Kapiri Mposhi to a charge of engaging in homosexual acts.</b><p>James Mwape and Philip Mubiana, both 22, have been charged with four counts of committing "unnatural" sexual acts.<p>Zambia is a socially conservative …

Amnesty International

China doesn’t want your trash anymore—and that could spell big trouble for American cities

As Americans carefully separate the paper and plastics from their trash, most probably don’t realize that their country doesn’t recycle stuff so much as export it to be recycled elsewhere. Specifically, to China. For more than five years, scrap and trash has consistently been the US’s biggest …

American Cities

Half a Million and Counting...

Half a Million and Counting…<p>Inside Flipboard / April 11, 2013<p>It’s been two weeks since the new edition of Flipboard was released, allowing readers to …

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The 10 best words the internet has given English

My book Netymology: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World is about the stories behind new words. I've been an etymology addict since I was a …

Astonishing Hyper-Realistic Scenes Made With LEGO

It's rare that a collaboration can produce such magnificent results as this.<p>Nathan Sawaya (known to many as 'The Brick Artist' these days) is the …

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Photographer Takes a Boy with Muscular Dystrophy on an Imaginary Adventure | Colossal

<p>Slovenia-based photographer Matej Peljhan recently teamed up with a 12-year-named Luka who suffers from muscular dystrophy, to create a wildly …

Africa's Rift Valley from above – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/apr/19/africa-rift-valley-kenya-ethiopia-in-pictures<p>720<p>German photographer Michael Poliza travelled by …

A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan

Day one is Thursday, and we roll out of Juba, South Sudan, in the ambassador’s official ride, a Toyota Land Cruiser in spotless white. The driver’s door is showered with gold stars across a familiar sky blue flag and the words L’UNION EUROPÉENNE, the heraldry of someone who matters in this vast, …

How Much Food Can You Buy For $5 Around The World?

Food

10,000 Books Create a Painting-Like Nature Scene

Built for one of Toronto's Nuit Blanche arts festival, this stunning tower of books, by artist Tom Bendtsen, resembles a nature scene complete with ethereal clouds and a setting sun. His towers, called <i>Conversations</i>, are mean to push the limits of what can be done with books. In this piece, called</i> …

Books

Advice For A Twitter World: Demetri Martin On How To Be Succinct

By Joe Berkowitz7 minute Read<p>Size matters, for sure. Not every opus need be magnum, however, in order to make an outsize impact. Just ask Demetri …

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

We all deserve a break from the past week's news. This NASA video could be just the right thing.<p>According to the space agency, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) "captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths." The video features images from the past three years, "at …

Japan’s Cutting-Edge ‘Ripe Tomato’ Hairstyle

Brian of Kotaku recently shared photos of the “Ripe Tomato” (“kanjuku tomato”), a cutting-edge hairstyle created by Hiro of Osaka-based salon Trick …

Japan

A Closer Look At The Impoverished Biker Gangs Of Tanzania

British and London-based photographer Kit Oates recently (and bravely) traveled to Tanzania to discover the stories behind the biker gangs who roamed …

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The 10 Most Famous Professors Teaching College Courses Right Now

But if you add a level of fame to that mix, students will really pay attention.<p>From former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz, we found the most famous professors teaching college courses right now.