Asia Pacific Topics

Aug 8, 2013

S. Korea tests 'electric road' for buses

A South Korean city has begun testing an “electrified road” that allows public buses to recharge from buried cables as they travel, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said Thursday. The institute, which developed the system, said it would be tested over ...

Jun 22, 2013

Jakarta sends in choppers to seed clouds, fight fires

Indonesia on Friday dispatched helicopters to create artificial rain in a desperate bid to fight raging fires that are choking Singapore with record-breaking levels of smog that is threatening people’s lives. At a late-night emergency meeting, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered disaster officials to ...

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

| Jun 20, 2013

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

When Google chose New Zealand to unveil secret plans for a balloon-driven Wi-Fi network last weekend, it cemented the country’s reputation as a trial site for global tech companies looking to test their latest innovations. Industry experts said New Zealand, tucked away deep in ...

Jun 18, 2013

Aussie develops French accent after head injury

An Australian woman who now speaks with a French-sounding accent after a head injury eight years ago has revealed the experience has left her feeling frustrated and reclusive. Leanne Rowe, born and raised on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, was in a serious ...

Przewalski's horses roam China's plains again

Jun 15, 2013

Przewalski's horses roam China's plains again

In the harsh desert steppe of far northwestern China, five prehistoric-looking Przewalski’s horses, once classified as extinct in the wild, emerge from the endless plains. The horses — named after a Russian officer and explorer who spotted them around 1880 — bear a striking ...

China astronauts blast off on 15-day mission

Jun 12, 2013

China astronauts blast off on 15-day mission

China successfully launched its longest-ever manned space mission — 15 days — on Tuesday, with the nation’s second female astronaut among the crew, in the next step for the ambitious space program, a symbol of the country’s growing might. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived ...

Survey finds many Indian smokers unfazed by health risks

Jun 2, 2013

Survey finds many Indian smokers unfazed by health risks

Over three-quarters of smokers surveyed in India believe that cigarette smoking does not have health consequences, according to the results of a survey by an insurance company released Friday. The results of the survey by ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co., the country’s largest private ...

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

May 28, 2013

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

South Korea’s obsession with plastic surgery is shifting from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a “new life,” while advertisements ...