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Why Tens of Thousands of People Are Shutting Down the Streets of Hong Kong in Protest

Though it may seem a bit strange, Hong Kong has only been part of China for the past 17 years. Before that, it spent 156 years as a British colony, from 1839 all the way up until 1997 (other than a 4-year Japanese occupation during WWII). Because of this western connection, Hong Kong has long been the primary source of foreign investment in China, and its financial sector is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world. So it’s

This 5-Year-Old Autistic Girl Paints Incredible Masterpieces Reminiscent of Monet

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by an impaired ability to communicate and engage in social interaction. But on numerous occasions, it has been shown that people with autism are often gifted with incredible talents. These people are often called autistic savants. Iris Grace, a 5-year-old from the UK, is a perfect example. Along with her speech therapy, her parents decided to introduce her to painting. It proved to be a great decision. Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains: “We have been

An Amateur Metal Detector Just Discovered 22,000 Ancient Roman Coins In Britain

Laurence Egerton is a 51-year-old semi-retired builder from East Devon in Great Britain who enjoys doing some metal detecting in his free time. But after his most recent find, it’s likely that Egerton will be going into full retirement. Back in November, he stumbled upon two ancient Roman coins while out metal detecting. After digging a bit deeper, he hit pay-dirt: a stash of 22,000 coins, dating back more than 1,700 years. “They just spilled out all over the field. It was

This Guy Uses Other People’s Trash to Make Amazing Mini-Houses for the Homeless

If you’re ever in Oakland, you might see a man named Gregory Kloehn dumpster-diving or digging through illegally dumped piles of trash. The only thing is, Gregory isn’t homeless. In fact, he uses the materials he collects from the dumpsters to build small creative houses for the homeless. Gregory is an artist who started making mini-houses with the intention of selling them. But one day, a homeless man came to his studio asking for a tarp. At the time, all Gregory had built

This Billionaire Is Giving Away 75% of His Fortune After Meeting With Bill Gates

Nearly 40 years ago, back in 1976, an Indian man named Anil Agarwal started a small mining and energy company called Sterlite Industries in Mumbai, India. In 1986, he merged Sterlite with a number of other companies owned by his family to create Vedanta Resources. The energy and mining firm proved to be extremely successful, making Agarwal a very wealthy man. His current fortune is worth an estimated $3.3 billion, including a 70% stake in Vedanta on the London Stock Exchange. But Agarwal won’t

Obama Just Created the World’s Biggest Ocean Preserve in the Pacific

Yesterday, Barack Obama used his executive powers under the Antiquities Act to create the world’s largest ocean preserve in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The move expands upon the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument reserve, which was created by George W. Bush back in 2009. Obama’s expansion will increase the reserve to about 6 times its current size, for a total area of 490,000 square miles.   The reserve bans commercial fishing and deep-sea mining within the demarcated areas, protecting hundreds of species

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Agricultural Breakthrough

Every year, Google sponsors a global science fair in the hopes of finding young scientist with innovative ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.  Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (all 16) took the top prize with their project “Combating the Global Food Crisis”. The trio figured out a way to cut seed germination time in half, while also producing crop yields nearly 75% greater than normal. So how’d they do it? For starters, all three

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10x Faster Than Previously Thought

We often take it for granted that the North Pole is at the top of the globe and the South Pole is at the bottom. But in reality, these poles have flip-flopped a number of times in Earth’s history, the most recent being about 780,000 years ago. Each flip is preceded by a gradual weakening of the magnetic field. Since the early 2000s, scientists have been predicting that the next polar flip would happen in the next 5,000 years or so, based

Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Leader and Captures Hundreds of Militants

Earlier today, the Nigerian military announced that nearly 270 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered this week following a military offensive against the Islamic militant group in northeast Nigeria. A military spokesman also announced that the Nigerian military had killed Boko Haram’s current leader, Mohammed Bashir. The group’s original leader, Abubakar Shekau, is thought to have died back in 2009. Nigerian officials say that following Shekau’s death, Bashir (who looks a lot like the late Shekau) began to impersonate the leader. “[Bashir] had been

Native Tribes from U.S. and Canada Just Signed A Treaty to Bring Bison Back to the Great Plains

Just 300 years ago, before Americans began to move westward, tens of millions of bison roamed the Great Plains. By the 1880s, unchecked hunting of the animals by settlers heading westward had reduced the population of bison to just 325 in the U.S. and about 1,000 in Canada. Finally, in 1894, a law was passed to protect the American bison. Today, the bison population in North America is around 500,000. However, the vast majority of these are not truly wild bison, having

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