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Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections

Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” any and all candidates for

This Beetle Is A Living Mood Ring, Using Switchable Reflectors to Change Color

Meet the Panamanian golden tortoise beetle. Native to South America, the beetles are often found dining on morning glory plants in the mountain town of Cerro Galera, a few miles west of Panama City. Usually, the beetles have a shiny golden appearance. But disturb one, and within two minutes the beetle will completely change color, going from metallic gold to a shade of red.   The method the beetles use to accomplish this drastic color change is very rare in the animal kingdom according to Jean Pol

Pacific Islanders In Canoes Blockade A Coal Export Terminal in Australia

Last Monday (10/13), at the opening of a new mine in Queensland, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “Let’s have no demonization of coal. Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world… Coal is essential for the prosperity of the world.” The comments immediately sparked outrage from the environmental community, who were already infuriated about the recent approval of plans to dredge the Great Barrier

Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating

The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any situation.” In following with that tradition, MoS has created a line

Did You Know… Reheating Your Pasta Makes It Significantly Less Fattening

This might sound crazy, but letting your pasta cool down and then reheating can actually make it significantly less fattening. The findings were uncovered by Michael Mosley on the latest episode of BBC 2’s health program Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. The reason that high-carb foods like pasta are so fattening in the first place is because carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as simple sugars. So when you eat them, your glucose levels spike, prompting your body to produce insulin to balance those blood sugar levels

Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the brain that plays a role in inhibition, memory and spatial awareness. Epilepsy is one

This Video of Night Skiers Wearing LED-Covered Suits Is Incredible!

The video, which was filmed in a remote part of Canada, is the product of a collaboration between Swedish ad agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and Philips TV. Nick Waggoner, one of the directors of the film, spoke with Huffington Post about making the spectacular video: HP: So, how’d you come up with the idea for the light suit segment? Nick Waggoner: The LED suit was a product of our collaboration with Swedish agency Ahlstrand and Wållgren and Philips TV. It was this visceral way

Nigerian Government Announces Deal to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

On Friday (10/17), the Nigerian government announced that it had made a deal with the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to bring back the approximately 270 girls that are still being held hostage by the group. The announcement was made by Nigeria’s defense minister, who also said that the Nigerian military had reached a cease-fire agreement with the militants. Government sources are expressing confidence that Boko Haram will follow through with the deal. One official from Nigeria’s security forces talked to Reuters on Friday, saying, “Commitment

This Artist Makes Elaborate Tree Sculptures Using A Single Strand of Wire (Photos)

Clive Maddison is an author and artist based in Brixham, England. Clive wasn’t a big fan of school growing up, but he always enjoyed hands on activities like metalwork and woodwork. After graduating college, he spent 12 years working as an electrician for a large company before leaving to become an independent contractor. Becoming self-employed also gave Clive a chance to pursue his two biggest passions: writing and art. Clive creates amazingly intricate models of different trees by twisting a single strand of wire. No

This 3-D Printer Uses Mud to Print Homes for People In Impoverished Areas (Video)

Worldwide, about 100 million people are homeless. Another 863 million people are living in slums and other substandard conditions. That’s nearly a billion people living with unacceptably inadequate housing. The rapid development of 3-D printing technology is already starting to play a role in lowering these numbers. Earlier this year, the Chinese company WinSun showed off their new 3-D printer by printing 10 complete homes in just 24 hours: Unfortunately, 3-D printers like the one above are bulky and costly to transport, and materials like concrete are

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