Asia

Chinas’ Red Wine Record: A Lucky Challenge

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Last year China made an historic step, outdoing France and Italy in the world placement for the biggest consumer of wine: it’s a matter of luck. Who is the biggest consumer of red wine in the world? The Chinese. They drank over 1865 bottles last year. One glass at a time, the Asian giant made an historic step, outdoing France ... Read More »

283 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

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South Korea coast guard police officers work to rescue passengers from a South Korean passenger ship, at Mokpo Coast Guard in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. (AP Photo/Cho ... Read More »

Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

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  An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of ... Read More »

The Great Sea Urchin Crisis

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Invasive species and sushi lovers threaten to wipe the little creatures from the Nova Scotian coast. And with them, a $2.5 million industry. Sea urchins from the bed of the Atlantic Ocean are served in Japan on another bed, one of rice. The roe inside their spiky scalps is a delicacy, which meets the tongue with a sweet tang and ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey (1 of 4)

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Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey: Joanna starts her epic adventure at the Parthenon in Athens, which was made by the ancient Greeks two and a half thousand years ago. She then travels around the southern region of Greece from Athens to the Peloponnese, looking at different mythical and historic sites created by this great civilization. Read More »

The 10 tech commandments to avoid digital shame

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With the help of our readers and GuardianWitness, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how to avoid everlasting shame in the modern world – where reply all, browser history and autocorrect just seem out to get you Technology may have introduced us to a brave new world where anything is possible. Unfortunately, it’s also increased our capacity to make utter ... Read More »

Abbott Breaks A Basic Rule Of Diplomacy

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Tony Abbott announced that we were ‘open for business’ on 7 September 2013. What does that say about international trade deals negotiated under the previous government, asks Ian McAuley Last month Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss opened a 40 km stretch of freeway bypassing a number of towns in the lower Hunter Valley. His press release was straightforward, probably exactly ... Read More »