One visible sign of China's recent economic growth is the rise in prominence of inventors and entrepreneurs
Global politics and foreign affairs from around the globe
Curated by Seth Dixon
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They ranked hundreds of towns for such magnetic qualities as vibrant main streets, coffee bars, and an eco-friendly vibe. And while plenty of those features may contribute to a town’s unique personality, the top 20 winners in the quirky category take it a step further. One highly ranked town is an unlikely hotbed for Tibetan monks, while another largely forgoes Valentine’s Day to celebrate Charles Darwin instead.
The U.S. has three times as many gun homicides as other wealthy nations.
The United States is more like Latin America that Europe in this particular metric. Maybe United States exceptionalism is true after all.
The Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean.
The Ring of Fire is a long string where there are volcanoes and different physical activity. This is located around the edges of the Pacific Ocean so some of South America has the Ring of fire located in it. The ring of fire consists of a string of 452 volcanoes stretches from the southern tip of South America. The fact that South America has 90% chance of earthquakes occuring,if the ring of fire was ever to have a reaction or have a earthquake South America would have to be prepared. If you live in South America you have to know the possibilities of what could happen at any given time, this ring of fire is a natural disaster at its finest.
Recently, the subject of the varying quality of pizza by region has been raised, thanks in part to discussions of Washington, D.C., which has been accused, disparagingly and incorrectly, of being unable 'to produce a single decent slice of pizza.' Any major metropolitan area can, with sufficient strength of will and character, and a good source of filtered water, produce a "single decent slice of pizza." (Or, speaking more accurately, a single decent pizzeria.) Similarly, pointing to single restaurants and pizzerias is not an adequate rebuttal to charges of poor overall pizza production. The ability to support a single decent pizzeria should be regarded not as a point of pride but, if anything, as the bare minimum for qualification as an American city.
Of course this isn't objectively quantifiable and it's clearly biased; so what? I still like it.
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Jonah Fisher has been to Rakhine state in Myanmar to meet Rohingya migrants who are being forced to return home - but at a cost.
Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water.
Because what's more fun than losing nearly 50 millions gallons of freshwater during a drought? The selfishness of some can be so disheartening for the rest of the community.
A look at where Iran exerts influence across the region and at the emerging Saudi coalition.
From David Lizotte: "This is a neat article just published March 30. It deals with Iranian influence in specific countries throughout the Middle Eastern region. The explanations are general and perhaps lack more depth however I believe the article is geared more towards people whom truly follow the news and are aware of geo-politics and other aspects of the Middle East. Personally, I am far from being an expert but I like to think I could hold a half way decent conversation in a coffee shop. The article is good in how its basically an overview of Iran and its widening grasp grasp of the Middle East. To complement the general facts are images, specifically maps. This gives more depth to the article because the reader can see the countries (if not truly aware of the geography) and gain more awareness of how Iran is involving itself in different regions. The article then shows the flip side of the coin in displaying the countries involved with the Saudi coalition in preventing the spread of Iranian influence. Again, this complemented by a map.
Upon displaying the two opposing sides the article then demonstrates alliances or at least commonalities in how certain countries are battling (on different levels of involvement) the Islamic State.
Although general, geared towards a more versed/"up to date" audience of Middle Eastern relations this article is still informing and benefiting. It may also spark interest in regards to one reading more and forming a better understanding what the article is stating. For example, one might wonder whom are the Hezbollah and Houthis? (aspects not explained in this article)."
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"Every day, the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone National Park belches up 45,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide — much more than could be produced by the known magma chamber that lies just below the surface. They’ve discovered a magma pool containing enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times, the researchers report online April 23 in Science.
Geophysicist Hsin-Hua Huang of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and colleagues found the missing magma by carefully tracking the seismic waves from nearly 5,000 earthquakes that echoed off the supervolcano’s insides.
While large, the researchers say, the reservoir is only 2 percent melted rock and is too deep to contribute to a supervolcanic eruption akin to the explosion that formed the Yellowstone caldera around 640,000 years ago. The estimated odds of an impending Yellowstone doomsday remain exceedingly slim, the authors assure."
"A massive chart ranks the world's most overweight countries"
-Source: Martinez R. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity visualization.
"Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati, small island nations in the Pacific, top the list, with roughly four out of five of their citizens being overweight or obese. They are followed by a slew of Middle Eastern countries – Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Mexico, Turkey, Chile and Iceland also rank above the U.S. The U.S. comes in 27th with 66.3 percent of its population being obese or overweight.
The least overweight countries by this measure are Ethiopia and North Korea, with 6.1 percent and 4.4 percent of their population being overweight or obese, respectively."
Sometimes confetti-wielding protesters have a point, even if they struggle to make it themselves.
That was the case during the the European Central Bank's otherwise sleepy press conference on Wednesday, when 21-year old protester Josephine Witt, who was clad in a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "End the ECB ***-tatorship," jumped onto the stage and showered ECB chief Mario Draghi with confetti and a manifesto decrying the "overwhelmingly powerful external environment of the ECB's monetary policy." She was quickly carried off, and taken into custody before being released without charges.
Modern textbooks on Russian history often include an introductory chapter on the country’s climate and natural geography. Writers, it seems, believe Russia’s physical environment is either so significant or so widely misunderstood that students must receive an explicit description. Natural geography and climate are not always important in a region’s history, however, and it is possible to overstate the impact that Russia’s geography has had on its history. The winter defeats of Napoleon and Hitler, for instance, were more than just seasonal coincidences.
What do you get when you mix corporate interest with religiously motivated temperance? A whole lot of Budweiser.
Around the nation, big beer producers contribute to the campaigns of politicians who will support policies that discourage competition from local upstarts—for example, taxes on breweries and laws that prevent breweries from selling their kegs directly to consumers (instead of through a distributor). But what's unique about the South is that there's a voting bloc—the Baptists—whose moral stance against alcohol happens to align with large producers' desires to keep new competitors from getting started in the business. The support of Baptists provides Southern politicians with a reason to hinder brewers that politicians in other regions don't have. As a result, the states with the most Baptists tend to have the fewest breweries.
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South Miami officials want to break Florida into two states. They claim Tallahassee isn’t addressing the challenge of climate change. Central Florida is caught in the cross hairs – half of the region would fall into the state of “North Florida”, and the other half in “South Florida”.