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At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Building a better battery is the holy grail for people who want better technology. Now researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they may have found that battery — or something close. But their claims have sparked controversy.<p>At the center of this debate is a towering figure in the world …

Energy

China’s best-kept food secret, revealed by Fuchsia Dunlop

Fuchsia Dunlop on her passion for the Jiangnan cuisine, plus recipes from her new book, including oil-exploded prawns and clear-steamed sea bass<p>In the fourth century, a Chinese official, Zhang Han, is said to have abandoned his post in the north of the country, unable any longer to endure his …

The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century, And Where to Watch Them

There have been <i>a lot</i> of great films released since the year 2000, but some of them stood above the rest and elevated the medium to a whole new level …

Blu-Ray

A Sea of Clouds Fills the Grand Canyon

Weather conditions in Arizona's Grand Canyon last week gave rise to a rare phenomenon called total cloud inversion. Last Friday, and again on Sunday, the ground apparently released some of its heat rapidly enough at dawn to create a layer of cool, damp air inside the canyon, trapping it beneath the …

Welcome to fall. Here’s how to do it right, in cities across the globe.

Welcome to fall. Here’s how to do it right, in cities across the globe.<p>Summer is over, and with the change comes a new spate of seasonal activities. …

Your Brain Makes You Want to Order Drink After Drink

A new study from Texas A&M University reveals that your brain really, really wants you to order a third piña colada.<p>Stop us if you've heard this one before.<p>You're tired and low-key at work, but a colleague convinces you to make a stop at happy hour at the end of the day anyway, "just for one drink" …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Users Say the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Is the New Adderall — Only Better | VICE News

<b>This story is part of a partnership between MedPage Today</b> <i>and VICE News.</i><p>In the not-so-dark corners of the internet, there are groups of people talking about a drug they've nicknamed "moda," but they're not taking it to have a good time. They're taking it to work better, be more focused, and stay …

Union Jack flies in Tehran as Britain reopens Iran embassy

With police sealing off the site for safety, Britain on Sunday reopened its embassy in the Iranian capital, raising the Union Jack for the first time since the landmark diplomatic compound was stormed in 2011 by Iranian hardliners.<p>The reestablishment of a British diplomatic presence in Tehran – and …

Smite at the Museum: A 12-Year-Old Boy’s Fist Meets a 17th-Century Painting

No harm came to the Taiwanese preteen. The same can’t be said about Paolo Porpora’s “Flowers”—but it will be restored.<p>It’s not quite the story of the Spanish woman who tried to restore a fresco of Jesus, but turned the “once-dignified portrait [into] … a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an …

Art

Best places to travel in November 2015

Choose to travel in November and you’re in for a treat – this penultimate month is packed with quirky festivals, sporting events and wondrous wildlife-spotting opportunities.<p>Don your cowboy boots and indulge in a little gaucho culture in Argentina; stand in awe of nature’s marvels in autumnal Japan …

Hong Kong's most unique dining experiences

Hong Kong’s chefs are a versatile bunch who can move with ease between different culinary traditions, bringing together not only old and new, Chinese and Western, but haute and humble, coffee and tea.<p>Their skills and creativity, and the city’s love of food, have given rise to many one-of-a-kind …

Dark side of Kowloon: peninsular Hong Kong by night

Most travellers to Hong Kong gravitate towards the glamour of its main island, yet across Victoria Harbour lies the more heavily populated Kowloon. Nicknamed the ‘dark side’, despite being permanently lit up in a fiery neon glow, Kowloon is restlessly trapped between Western idealism and <i>Da Li</i> (the …

Hong Kong

Weird and wonderful Korea: unique sights for the temple-fatigued

South Korea knows how to let loose and get wonderfully bonkers. Of course, the country's wealth of captivating temples and museums are well worth visiting.<p>But beyond the zen of temples and earnestness of history museums, a visit to some of Korea's lesser-known sights offers fascinating insight into …

Taking it to the streets: Seoul's surprising contemporary art scene

Ever since Seoul-born artist Nam June Paik caused a sensation with his pioneering video installation and performance art in the 1960s, there has been international interest in the unique creations of Korean contemporary artists.<p>It was also at the tail end of the 1960s that South Korea’s National …

South Korea

Where and how to watch sport like a local

There are few better ways into a place’s soul than through its sports teams. Step into the febrile atmosphere of a stadium or arena mid-match and you’ll find usually relaxed locals in a state of agitation or elation, depending on the scoreline.<p>Head to one of these sporting destinations and we …

Boston Red Sox

How North Korea's airline keeps its Soviet-era fleet ready for service – despite being banned from the sky

The First Real Smart Drug? Researchers Say Modafinil Works

And has no preponderance for side effects.<p>So-called smart drugs or "nootropics" might have a roaring internet trade already, but there's still little consensus on how effective most substances actually are at enhancing cognitive function in people who are healthy but just want a bit of a brain …

We Need to Stop Killing the Planet Every Time We Go to a Music Festival

How BangOn!, Lightning In a Bottle, and other Burning Man-affiliated festivals are leading a movement towards sustainability.<p>Signs are everywhere of how irredeemably fucked our planet is: California is basically becoming the Gobi desert, entire ecosystems are at risk, and a casual earthquake is due …

Japan Can’t Afford to Give Old People Fancy Sake Cups Anymore

Looks like they'll have to rip shots out of something else.<p><b>Read:</b> <b>What Old People Think About Love and Sex</b><p>Being old in Japan kind of sucks these days. As VICE News reported last month, a huge share of the population is over 65, and old folks across the country are struggling to make ends meet. For …

What Behavioral Science Reveals About the Iran Debate

Of all the findings in behavioral science, the most significant may be "loss aversion," the idea that people dislike losses a lot more than they like …

Behavioral Sciences

Move, over pizza: it's all about Turkish pide now

Pide is pizza with Turkish flair. Forget tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil: this is about the seductively bright flavours of <b>Middle Eastern food</b>. Think fragrant lamb, pungent black pepper, tender spinach and Turkey’s famed peynir cheese, made from sheep’s milk to an ancient recipe. And the best …

The Westboro Baptist Church Got Trolled By The Foo Fighters

Never gonna run around and desert Foo.

Game of Thrones Will Last at Least Another 3 Seasons

It’s official: <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t only go for seven seasons.<p>Even though <i>Thrones</i> showrunners have repeatedly declared they only want to make seven …

When an App Is Called Racist

On August 7th of last year, <i>Crain</i>_’<i>s ran an article about SketchFactor, an app that was set to launch the next day. It would allow users to report having seen or experienced something “sketchy” in a particular location; these reports would then be geotagged and overlaid on a Google map, creating a</i> …

Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama's Critics So Angry

The nuclear agreement highlights the limits of American power—something the president’s opponents won’t accept.<p>“Mankind faces a crossroads,” declared Woody Allen. “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose …

Political Science

The EPA Just Banned the Chemicals That Helped Save the Ozone Layer | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.</b><p>The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized on Thursday a rule that puts new limitations on a group of chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. While HFCs make up just a tiny percentage …

A New Crowdfunding Platform Helps Human Trafficking Victims Come Home

6degree.org aims to close the gap between caring about human trafficking and doing something to help its victims.<p>Mira* was 14 when she was lured away from her impoverished Indonesian hometown with promises of lucrative restaurant work in nearby Singapore. Instead, she was given false documents that …