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Future Chinese skylines could look more uniform Future Chinese skylines could look more uniform
Chinese architecture will now officially be less weird. A statement from China's State Council Sunday, says new guidelines on urban planning will forbid the construction of "bizarre" and "odd-shaped" buildings that are devoid of character or cultural heritage. Instead, the directive calls for buildings that are "economic, green and beautiful." China's economic boom over the past several d...
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EU referendum: Cameron hopes of deal delayed as talks continue EU referendum: Cameron hopes of deal delayed as talks continue
David Cameron's hopes of getting a reform deal on Friday look in doubt as haggling continues at the EU summit. Several EU nations are digging their heels in over plans to curb migrant benefits and change EU regulations. The prime minster had planned to return to the UK to fire the starting gun on an EU referendum campaign on Friday. The BBC understands one of Mr Cameron's closest cabinet ...
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A beautiful but complicated phenomenon A beautiful but complicated phenomenon
Seeing and capturing this fog is tricky. Accounts vary, but between two to six times per year, sometime between September and November, the lights of the city disappear in a mist so thick you can't see the ground in front of you. The fog appears during the shift from scorching summer to moderately cooler winter. As the cool air of the nights meets the hot humid days, fog forms in the early hour...
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This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest
If you’ve ever found yourself muttering about the robots who work in airport customer service, you might have a point — at least if you’re in Tokyo. Japan Airlines is currently testing a toddler-sized humanoid robot at Haneda Airport, placing it in the terminal to field travelers’ questions about flight schedules, airport amenities and weather conditions at certain destinations. The NAO robot, whi...
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The world's second biggest diamond has a new name The world's second biggest diamond has a new name
The world's second biggest diamond has a new name: "Lesedi La Rona." It means "Our Light" in Setswana, the national language of Botswana, the southern African nation where the 1,111 carat stone was found in November. Lucara (LUCRF), the Canadian company that owns the diamond, called it the biggest diamond found in more than 100 years. The discovery sent the company's shares soaring. Luc...
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Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos
Swaziland's plan to relocate 18 elephants to three American zoos is sparking condemnation from some conservationists. The three male elephants and 15 females live in the Big Game Parks in the southern African nation. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved their relocation to three facilities: the Dallas Zoo, the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, and the Henry Doorly Zo...
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Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice
Scuol is one of those perfectly preserved semi-isolated communities in the Lower Engadine valley of Switzerland, separated from Italy by a series of Dolomite peaks. Until the advent of the 19-kilometer Vereina Tunnel in 1999, the longest meter-gauge tunnel in the world, the passes to these villages were frequently unreachable in the winter. It comes as no surprise that these isolated communi...
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Comcast’s Internet is about to get a lot faster in these 5 citie Comcast’s Internet is about to get a lot faster in these 5 citie
Comcast has just released some new details about its future-ready answer to Google Fiber and Verizon FiOS. Beginning in the first half of the year, Atlanta and Nashville will be the first cities to take advantage of a new technology that enables gigabit speeds over traditional cable connections. That will be followed in the second half of the year by gigabit cable service in Chicago, Detroit an...
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Dramatic first look at world's highest, longest glass-bottom bri Dramatic first look at world's highest, longest glass-bottom bri
World's highest catwalk? Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the glass-bottom bridge will also feature the world's highest bungee jump and serve as a runway for fashion shows. Hanging above Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, it will be able to hold up to 800 people at once. Digital renderings of the bridge highlight the architectural firm's vision -- to build a glass structure that fades int...
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Angel Collinson: Skier survives unscathed after dramatic 1,000ft Angel Collinson: Skier survives unscathed after dramatic 1,000ft
Angel Collinson, a 26-year-old freeskier from Utah, was filming a movie in the Neacola Mountains, southwest of Anchorage, when she hit an icy patch and careered out of control. But despite cartwheeling down the slopes for around half a minute she escaped with nothing more than bruises and a couple of "jammed fingers." "The fall was absolutely terrifying -- without question," she said in a st...
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