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This Economic Model Organized Asia for Decades. Now It’s Broken

Thirty minutes by car into the scrubby desert outside Korla, in China’s remote Xinjiang region, a textile manufacturer owned by Jinsheng Group is …

Economics

Facebook, Airbnb Go on Offense Against Neo-Nazis After Violence

When white supremacists plan rallies like the one a few days ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, they often organize their events on Facebook, pay for …

Censorship

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Voyager: Inside the world's greatest space mission

In 1977, two spacecraft started a mission that has redefined our knowledge of the Solar System we live in – and will soon become our ambassadors on a journey into the unknown.<p>In a beige-coloured cubicle, on the ground floor of a nondescript suburban office block in a suburb of Pasadena, California, …

Space Exploration

Why It’s Better to Carry Weight on Your Head

People have done it for centuries. Maybe everyone still should. An Object Lesson.<p>A young girl stands alongside a wood-canvas canoe. She wraps the tails of a long, leather strap around one of the canoe’s horizontal struts in preparation for a two-mile portage to the next lake. She swings the …

Camping

The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.<p>Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being …

Renewable Energy

An error made in 1925 led to a crisis in modern science—now researchers are joining to fix it

In 1908, the Guinness brewer William Gosset published a revolutionary paper titled “The Probable Error of the Mean.” Gosset, who published under the pseudonym “Student” at his employer’s request, often conducted experiments on the impact of new ingredients on the composition of his beer—such as the …

Research

Should Washington and Jefferson monuments come down?

<i>This article contains language that some readers may find offensive.</i><p><b>President Donald Trump's argument that the removal of Confederate statues is a slippery slope to changing history has recharged the perennial debate about America's tormented racial legacy.</b><p>"So this week it's Robert E Lee," he said …

History

What Steve Bannon gets right about Democrats — and wrong about Trump

Bannon’s uncensored interview includes a plan for political success Trump can’t follow.<p>Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, believes everything is going according to plan.<p>“The Democrats,” he told the American Prospect’s Bob Kuttner, “the longer they talk about identity politics, …

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon believed in Trumpism. Donald Trump doesn’t.

Trump is losing control of his administration, and he likes it that way.<p>As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised autocrats and exhibited strongman tendencies. But as president of the United States, Trump is proving to be one of the weakest, most disinterested executives in memory. He seems …

Steve Bannon

Bill Joy Finds the Jesus Battery | Backchannel

<b>As technology tries to maintain</b> its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and …

Batteries

The World That World War II Built

<b>By George Friedman</b><p>On June 4-7, it will be 75 years since the Battle of Midway, the battle in which the United State won the war in the Pacific and …

For Malaysia, the fight against corruption is also a fight for democracy

<i>Cynthia Gabriel is founder of the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), an anti-corruption organization in Malaysia.</i><p>Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission has been making lots of headlines lately. Its agents have been carrying out high-profile arrests of government officials accused of …

Corruption

Donald Trump Is a Lame-Duck President

Just seven months into his presidency, Trump appears to have a achieved a status usually reserved for the final months of a term.<p>In many ways, the Trump presidency never got off the ground: The president’s legislative agenda is going nowhere, his relations with foreign leaders are frayed, and his …

Donald Trump Jr

The inside story of how the Motorola Razr was made

No-one forecast the success of The Motorola Razr. It was a phone which should never have been born. It broke all the rules within the company and yet went on to define the company.<p>I worked at Motorola as the creative experience director. My job was understanding people and technology then marrying …

Motorola

Ken Frazier: The Strongest Man in the World

Crises are tests of character. Coming off this weekend, Merck (mrk) CEO Ken Frazier passed heroically. President Donald Trump initially failed and …

Yale School of Management

The Origin Story of Animals Is a Song of Ice and Fire

It begins with the melting of a snowball earth, and the rise of algae.<p>Around 717 million years ago, the Earth turned into a snowball. Most of the ocean, if not all of it, was frozen at its surface. The land, which was aggregated into one big supercontinent, was also covered in mile-thick ice. And …

Biology

How to order a coffee in Italy without sounding like an idiot

<i>This story originally appeared on FoodandWine.com.</i><p>So, you want to go to Italy? Great choice! The food, the wine, the history and of course, the …

Coffee

Naim Uniti Atom All-in-One System Review

What is the Uniti Atom?<p>The Naim Uniti Atom is the first and most affordable member of the new Naim Uniti range of all-in-one systems. It is intended …

Quantum Mechanics

Did the Army Chief of Staff Just Subtweet President Trump?

General Mark A. Milley is a tough guy. If you’ve ever seen him speak, you probably know two things about him: He loves Boston sports teams and he …

Donald Trump

In Taiwan, the miserable postpartum period is an increasingly lavish five-star experience

Taipei, Taiwan<p>Some women compare it to going to prison (paywall) after having a child, but Taiwan is turning the tradition of postpartum confinement for mothers into a luxury getaway—with baby in tow.<p>The millennia-old practice of postpartum confinement, or <i>zuoyuezi</i> (literally “sitting the month”), …

Pregnancy

Fly By Jing

StoryWhether we’re heading to Sichuan province for a little culinary vacation or just looking for the best bowl of dan dan mian in the city, there’s …

Restaurants

Style Shanghainese Classics in Jing'an

We’ve raved about the Shanghai-style soup dumplings at Fu Chun for years now, but let us let you in on a secret: There’s more to this tiny …

Food & Dining

Gathering Clouds

StoryWhen “A Bite of China” came out in 2012, it took China – and the rest of the foodie world – by storm. The beautifully shot documentary showed …

China

IMF warns China that its debt is on a 'dangerous trajectory'

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Economy

China’s vice kingpin given life sentence two years after facing prostitution, bribery charges

A former Chinese politician and hotel magnate who became a prostitution kingpin has been sentenced to life in prison two years after standing trial, …

Crime

Hurrah for the ACLU

In Charlottesville, a principled stand for the speech rights of even odious speakers.<p>It’s not every day this columnist finds himself on the same side as WikiLeaks, Glenn Greenwald and the American Civil Liberties Union.<p>That’s especially true for the ACLU, because these days it has too often let …

ACLU

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on display.<p>It’s easy to treat …

Racism

Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit

Running is a crappy way to lose fat and an inferior way to boost cardiovascular health, but it's somehow become the most popular exercise on Earth after walking.<p>That's bad, because running sucks. There's a reason that up to 79 percent of runners get sidelined with an injury at least once per year: …

Exercise

Cassini to skim Saturn's atmosphere

BBC Science Correspondent<p><b>The Cassini probe is beginning the final phase of its mission to Saturn.</b><p>In the coming hours, the satellite will execute the first of five ultra-close passes of the giant world, dipping down far enough to brush through the top of the atmosphere.<p>It promises unprecedented data …

Space Exploration