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Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid tension with China

Asia Pacific Aug 15, 2019

Taiwan sharply boosts defense budget amid tension with China

Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Thursday amid rising military tensions with its neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and has not renounced the use of force against it. President Tsai Ing-wen's Cabinet signed off ...

Metal tree cleans polluted air

World / Science & Health Aug 15, 2019

Metal tree cleans polluted air

Trees are one of the best things we have to clean the Earth's air, but they have drawbacks: They need time and space to grow. Enter the BioUrban, an artificial tree that sucks up as much air pollution as 368 real trees. Designed by a Mexican ...

Microplastic found even in remote Arctic ice

World / Science & Health Aug 15, 2019

Microplastic found even in remote Arctic ice

Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in ice cores drilled in the Arctic by a U.S.-led team of scientists, underscoring the threat the growing form of pollution now poses to marine life in even the remotest waters on the planet. The researchers used a ...

Kyoto temple puts faith in robot priest

Business / Tech Aug 15, 2019

Kyoto temple puts faith in robot priest

by Alastair Himmer

A 400-year-old temple is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to "Frankenstein's monster." The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at ...

U.S. lawmakers pressure tech as devices capture conversations

Business / Tech Aug 15, 2019

U.S. lawmakers pressure tech as devices capture conversations

Members of Congress from both parties called out Facebook Inc. on Wednesday for paying contractors to transcribe audio clips from its users and urged new statutes to tackle the drumbeat of such revelations from across the tech industry. The calls, which followed a Bloomberg report ...

Syrian rebels shoot down regime warplane in Idlib and capture pilot

World Aug 15, 2019

Syrian rebels shoot down regime warplane in Idlib and capture pilot

Rebels shot down a Syrian warplane in the opposition stronghold of Idlib province on Wednesday as Russian-backed government forces closed in on a strategically important town, rebel sources and a war monitor said. A pilot who ejected from the plane was captured, according to the ...

How to sell your film abroad

Film | Wide Angle Aug 15, 2019

How to sell your film abroad

by Mark Schilling

As a reviewer, reporter and programmer, I go to six or seven film festivals a year. This is nothing compared to some colleagues, who trudge the festival circuit in a never-ending loop, but it's enough to give me a heap of festival badges. My trip ...

Foals: Summer Sonic's storm before the calm

Music Aug 15, 2019

Foals: Summer Sonic's storm before the calm

by Oscar Boyd

"My knees are fine, my knees are fine. Yeah, no problem there. I'm actually jumping off even higher things these days," says Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the British band Foals. Philippakis is referring to his raucous live performances, which display a commitment to aerobatics ...