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  1. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Burning rubbish worse for us and the planet than thought, study shows

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 02:56am by AP

    ... around the world each year. The answer: 41 per cent of our global two billion tonne annual output goes up in flames. China and India were found to have the most rubbish burned by residents, while China, Brazil and Mexico burned the most at rubbish dumps. Much of the world's air pollution can be blamed on burning refuse, including discarded plastics, electronic devices, furniture ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581353/burning-rubbish-worse-us-and-planet-thought-study-shows
  2. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Artist Cai Guoqiang gets more bang for his bucks

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 10:53pm by Fionnuala McHugh

    ... you'll almost certainly have seen his work. He was the man who lit up the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. As one of China's most famous contemporary artists, he's known for his use of gunpowder and in the "Bird's Nest" stadium on the auspicious night of August 8, 2008, the declaration that China had spectacularly arrived ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1579154/artist-cai-guoqiang-gets-more-bang-his-bucks
  3. News - China Insider - INTERNET

    'Closest thing China has to a presidential debate': face-off between two geeks over a mobile phone

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 08:24pm by Chris Luo

    ... on Smartisan’s very first smartphone model T1, was highly anticipated on the internet and was a first in China’s technology industry’s history. At the centre of the storm was Wang’s 30-minute video ... With over 2.5 million people watching the debate live, it was the most anticipated live broadcast in the website's history, Youku told South China Morning Post. The debate's replay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1581473/battle-geeks-chinas-first-live-tech-debate-clicks-28-million
  4. Lifestyle - Fashion & Watches

    China's first lady Peng Liyuan's fashion style has made her a global sensation

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 09:39am by Jing Zhang

    ... Jing Zhang jing.zhang@scmp.com Peng Liyuan's sense of style has made her an international sensation. But will other powerful women on China's political scene follow her sartorial lead? Flower behind the throne Looking striking in a cobalt blue qipao-style knee-length dress, China's first lady Peng Liyuan's recent public appearance alongside her husband, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-watches/article/1579356/chinas-first-lady-peng-liyuans-fashion-style-has-made-her
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    New compendium showcases local literature from early 20th century

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 03:48pm by Oliver Chou

    ... "China and Taiwan began to revisit their literary history in the 1980s. There was a similar movement in Hong Kong, but it didn't get very far due to a lack of government support. ... in 1919. "But the traditional literary style remained in Hong Kong. From the collections in the volume, we can see what [styles] had been abandoned in China but preserved here," he says. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1581689/new-compendium-showcases-local-literature-early-20th
  6. Lifestyle - Technology - CARS

    GM China's licence plate texting app raises safety, privacy concerns

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:30am by James Griffiths

    ... James Griffiths james.griffiths@scmp.com GM China developing device that would allow users to contact drivers of other cars Worries over licence plate texting app Ever returned to your ... there was a way of contacting them? A new app being developed by GM China would allow users to text drivers of other cars by snapping photos of their licence plates. John Du, director of GM's China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1580098/gm-chinas-licence-plate-texting-app-raises-safety-privacy
  7. Lifestyle - Books - SHORT STORIES

    Book review: The Dog: Stories by Jack Livings

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:52am by Kit Gillet

    ... the ultimate power in China, Zhou has little choice but to struggle against the seemingly impossible task demanded by his superiors, while performing weekly self-criticisms to take the blame ... tale of post-Mao China. Within the pages of Livings' debut book, the everyday struggles of a handful of Chinese men and women take on an almost poetic tone. At their core, each ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1579141/book-review-dog-stories-jack-livings
  8. Lifestyle - Books - SOCIETY

    Book review: Wives, Husbands, and Lovers

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 07:52am by DAVID BARTRAM

    ... David Bartram Wives, Husbands, and Lovers edited by Deborah Davis and Sara Friedman HKU Press China's sexual revolution has been every bit as dramatic as its economic one, argues ... the effect the mainland's social and economic changes are having in the bedroom. Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Urban China takes a broad look, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1579129/book-review-wives-husbands-and-lovers
  9. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    ‘Will this happen in Hong Kong?’ Inside the shutdown of Beijing’s Independent Film Festival

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:03pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... But the police crackdown on China’s largest independent film festival not only ruined the opportunity, it also filled him with fear of what might happen in Hong Kong one day. “They could shut down the festival, snatch your property and beat you up in broad daylight without explaining anything to you,” the 23-year-old independent director told the South China Morning Post. “It was suppression ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581712/will-happen-hong-kong-inside-shutdown-beijings-independent-film
  10. News - China - DEFENCE

    Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes by Chinese supersonic submarine

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 05:22am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Chinese eye 'supercavitation' technology as future of underwater travel Shanghai to San Fran in 100 minutes by supersonic submarine China has ... was not limited only to military use. In future, it could benefit civilian underwater transport, or water sports such as swimming. "If a swimsuit can create and hold many tiny bubbles in water, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1580226/shanghai-san-francisco-100-minutes-chinese-supersonic-submarine

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