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Not Haunted by Ghosts, but Women of the Night

Strange noises, flickering lights, and spooky shadows: neighbors to an empty Chinese warehouse were expecting ghosts when they reported their findings to local police. Instead, what authorities discovered after investigating the dilapidated building was a run-down property being discreetly used as a house of ill-repute. Situated in China’s southeast Zhejiang province, witnesses had good reason to suspect supernatural intrigue: the brothel is located next to a haunted cemetery. Upon being alerted to the strange occurrences, Wenzhou police set up a “paranormal” stake out for a few days. Rather than witnessing ghostly entities, all they observed, however, was a peculiarly high...

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Sticks and Stones? Or Drones?

Are drones leading us to war? Albert Einstein once said that he didn’t know how World War III would be fought, though he did know about World War IV – with sticks and stones. He was warning us that our escalation of nuclear weapons would lead to a war where very little – and very few – were left standing. Today, what would Einstein think of the recent escalation of combat drones? Defense planners argue that drones save lives, sparing those who would’ve had to fight the enemy face to face, or gun-sight to gun-sight. Now, with drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial...

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China Exam: Who Do You Love More, Mom or Girlfriend?

China Exam: Who Do You Love More, Mom or Girlfriend? It sounds like the kind of ethics thought experiment with no happy outcome, but according to China’s national judicial examination, this moral quandary has a “correct” answer. Getting it right is necessary to become a lawyer or judge in China. The question? “If forced to choose, would you save your mother or your girlfriend from a burning building?“ The correct answer? Your mother, of course. According to the BBC, China’s Minister of Justice declared that test-takers are, “Duty-bound to save their mothers.” He went on to call shirking your familial duties...

SSTL's low-cost Carbonite-1 imaging satellite before completion. This first iteration of the Carbonite took 6 months to build. 1

Spy Satellite Tech Now Cheaper Than Ever

Spy Satellite Tech Now Cheaper Than Ever This July, a scheduled rocket launch served as the cover for the secret deployment of the Carbonite-1, a new low-cost imaging satellite. Using off-the-shelf cameras and telescopes, the Carbonite-1 is designed to orbit the Earth at a distance of 500km, capturing stunning images of the planet at 1-meter ground resolution. The satellite’s manufacturer, SSTL, envisions a web of cheap Carbonite satellites orbiting the globe but does this bold vision of the future spell an end to our terrestrial privacy rights? Traditional satellites cost tens of millions, sometimes up to $1 billion to build and launch. SSTL...

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Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos?

Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos? Genetic modification. Designer babies. Stem cell research. These are all hot-button topics throughout the world, and the debate is about to get hotter, thanks to a team of British scientists from London’s Francis Crick Institute. Dr. Kathy Niakan, stem cell scientist at the Institute, has filed a request with the U.K. Human Fertilizaton and Embryology Authority (HFEA) seeking approval to genetically modify human embryos that have been donated after IVF treatments rendered a surplus, reports The Guardian. Strictly for Research Dr. Niakan and her team said their main goal is to research...

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Another Chemical Plant Explodes in China

Only mere weeks after the devastating explosion in the port city of Tianjin, a fourth chemical plant in China has gone up in flames, this time in the eastern province of Zhejiang, in Lishui city.  The chemical plant, as of now housing unknown pollutants, was destroyed shaking more than just the surrounding structures’ foundations. For a country still trying to recover from the Aug. 12 explosions in Tianjin that killed at least 160 people and rattled the political landscape of the communist state, this new explosion, being the 4th chemical plant/storage facility destroyed in just under a month, certainly strikes one as an odd...

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China Releases Moon Footage of Alien Bases

Is there an “Alien Base” on the Moon? More and more people are coming forward with stories that might prove this is true. Rumors say that there is an Alien Moon Base on the far side of the moon, the side we never see from Earth. Did you ever wonder why the Moon landings stopped and why we have not tried to build a Moon Base? It does seem like a better and easier idea than a floating space station with no access to any raw materials or supplies? China has released what they say is moon footage of alien...