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China Building Artificial Islands to Bolster Strategic Positions In South China Sea

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China is attempting to secure its territorial claims in the highly disputed South China Sea – by building islands in the region. In late January of this year, satellite images analyzed by IHS Jane’s, a defense intelligence provider, showed China rapidly creating five different islands in contested waters. U.S. officials say the islands are large enough for China to build airstrips in the remote archipelago, and have already observed a small port under construction in the area. On Thursday, newly acquired images provided the first visual evidence of

Birth Tourism: Why More and More Chinese Moms Are Coming to the U.S. to Give Birth

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Most people who are familiar with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution know it as the amendment that finally granted citizenship to former slaves (who were freed by the 13th Amendment in 1864). But this interpretation of the amendment is a bit oversimplified. In actuality, the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” At the time, the vast majority of people who fell into this group were recently freed slaves. But today, a different group is taking advantage

Chinese Firm Unveils “World’s Tallest 3D-Printed Building” (Video)

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The Shanghai-based construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering recently unveiled the latest example of their impressive 3D printing capabilities: a five-story apartment building believed to be the tallest 3D-printed building in the world. The printer’s “ink” is a mixture of recycled construction waste and cement, which reduces construction costs significantly. Last spring, WinSun showed off its printing capabilities by printing 10 one-room houses in just 24 hours. According to the firm, construction costs were only $4,800 per house. But the apartment building wasn’t the only

Apple’s $18 Billion In Profits Last Quarter Is the Most Ever Reported By A Public Company

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Apple investors celebrated on Tuesday afternoon, after the company announced that its earnings for last quarter had smashed Wall Street’s expectations. In the last three months of 2014, Apple raked in $74.6 billion of revenue, making approximately $18.04 billion in profits. The ridiculously lucrative quarter was the most profitable quarter ever reported by a public company. The previous record-holder was Russia’s state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom, which posted profits of $16.24 billion back in 2011. The massive profits were driven in large part

China Just Abolished Conviction Quotas, But Will It Lower Their 99.9% Conviction Rate?

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Last March, Zhou Qiang, head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, gave his annual report to the National People’s Congress (the legislative body of China’s government). Qiang told the Congress that out of the 1.16 million verdicts handed down in 2013, only 825 were acquittals – a 99.93% conviction rate. According to the Japan Times, “Abuses are widespread in China’s legal system, where police routinely coerce confessions. Rights groups say that Chinese courts are politically controlled and their rulings are often affected by government

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

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Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

North Korea Calls Obama A “Monkey” And Blames Internet Outages On Washington

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According to Reuters… “North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.”   The dispute comes after Sony pictures release of the action comedy “The Interview”, which depicts a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony originally canceled the release after being hacked and receiving threats to harm viewers in movie theaters that would

North Korea’s Internet Has Been Restored After A Complete Blackout on Monday

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The fallout of the Sony hacking debacle took a strange turn yesterday. According to Dyn, a U.S.-based tech firm that monitors internet infrastructure, North Korea’s internet links started to become increasingly unstable this past Friday before going completely dark for 10 hours on Monday. According to Reuters, “…major websites, including those of the KCNA state news agency, the main Rodong Sinmun newspaper and the main external public relations company went down for hours.” Dyn reported that the links were restored at 01:46 GMT on Tuesday (10:46

Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack? A Review of the Evidence

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Today, the FBI officially confirmed what a number of other U.S. government sources have been saying since Wednesday: that the North Korean government was behind the recent hacking of Sony. From the BBC: “The FBI says it spotted distinct similarities between the type of malware used in the Sony Pictures attack and code used to attack South Korea last year. Suspicious, yes, but well short of being a smoking gun. When any malware is discovered, it is shared around many experts

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