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China Or Facebook Loser Or Winner In Debt Ceiling Resolution?

During the recent Debt Ceiling debate, U.S. diplomats were vigilant in trying to convince China they had nothing to worry about: the debt ceiling will be raised and America will not default on its foreign-held loans. This should have been reassuring news for the Chinese, which by some estimates hold hundreds of billions, if not trillions in U.S. loans.  But was it, and how could Facebook possibliy fit into this equation?

Debt Ceiling Debate May Have Been Won Or Lost In Twitterville

In a town of 200 million folks, Twitterville is more than twice the size of Canada and two-thirds the size of the U.S. The difference being, members of the the microblogging site speak their minds daily to a global audience, while American citizens can only grumble amongst a handful of friends and family, at best.

Evolution Eraser: Intelligent Design that Makes Errors Extinct

Evolution may be an ongoing process but Japanese designer Hiroyuki Shiratori has made it stationery, thanks to his revolutionary Evolution Eraser.

Shared Island between China and Russia to Become Eco-Tourist Zone

The recent agreement between China and Russia officially demarcating their 2,670-mile (4,300 km) long shared border was highlighted by an environmentally-friendly bonus: the disputed island of Heixiazi will now be shared by the two neighboring nations and jointly developed as an eco-tourism travel destination.

Is Tulalip Microsoft's Seward Folly?

When a god-forsaken parcel of frozen tundra was put up for sale by the Russians back in the mid-1800s, many saw the $7.2 million dollar acquisition as a frivolous venture that would reap no rewards for the U.S. History indicated otherwise. The same might be said about Microsoft and the recently leaked news of its covert social network under development.

Presidential Social Media, Not Stymied By WeinerGate!

Back in February, when Mia Cambronero was stepping down from her post as Social Networks Manager for President Obama, the open position and job description sought job candidates that were "passionate about engaging millions of Americans in advancing President Obama's agenda and changing the country." And going into the 2012 elections, our "social media" head of state is not going to shy away from social media like so many other politicians who fear from the backlash of Representative Weiner's "below the belt" sharing.

Giving Thanks for the Mammaries at Japan's Best Breast Shrine

Thank God for breasts... and wouldn't you know, Japan has a shrine for that! Since 1678, Karube Jinja in Okayama prefecture has been providing hope and faith for Japanese women seeking the best for their breasts.

China's Facebook Launches Social Credit Card While It Slides On Stock Exchange

A paradox seems a foot when a Chinese social network pilots an innovative global initiative at the same time its stock price is plummeting. As Renren, China's Facebook teams up with China Merchants Bank to create a co-branded credit card with "social features" - in one week's time, the value of its stock fell from US$14 to an all time low of US$6.78 as of closing on June 16.

Rice Originated in China, New Genome Research Study Suggests

Who's your paddy? A precise examination of the genome of domestic rice has determined that one of the world's most ancient of all domesticated agricultural grains was first farmed in China.

True Economy - Getting Value For Virtually No Money

The $300 House is a project that enables the poorest of the poor to build the best houses they can for next to nothing.

Stranded Japanese Sightseeing Boat Rejected as Tsunami Memorial

The devastating tsunami that wiped out most of the Japanese towns of Kamaishi and Otsuchi on March 11th, 2011, swept the 109-ton sightseeing boat Hamayuri 400 meters (about 1,300 feet) inland, there to rest precariously atop the remains of a 2-story building.

Opening Education's Gates - The Gates Foundation Invests In Innovative Education

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is putting over $20 million into innovative learning tools, including gaming and social networking.

Atta Boy! - The 13 Year-Old Who Has Planted Over A Million Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is a 13 year-old who just planted his millionth tree - and addressed the United Nations.

Census Results May Prompt Changes in China's One-Child Policy

China's controversial “One-Child” policy has succeeded is putting the brakes on runaway population growth but results of the 2010 census have revealed some worrisome side-effects that don't bode well for the future.

Final Turbine at China's Three Gorges Dam Begins Testing

Testing of the 32nd and final turbine at China's massive Three Gorges underground power station has begun, as the hydroelectric project's highly anticipated final completion date draws ever closer.

China's First Aircraft Carrier Set to Sail this Summer

China's remarkable rise as an economic colossus has been shadowed by a no less impressive military buildup. A prime example of the latter will shortly be revealed, as China's People's Liberation Army Navy takes Shi Lang, the nation's first aircraft carrier, out for sea trials this summer.

Cup Noodle Celebrates 40 Years of Quick & Easy Meals

Amen to ramen! You don't have to be a Flying Spaghetti Monster to appreciate the impact Japan's iconic Cup Noodle has had on the world's eating habits over the past 40 years. Now an "election" organized by Nissin, manufacturer of Cup Noodle, is being held to find ramen-lovers' fave Cup Noodle flavor.

China's First Space Station is a 2020 Vision

Skylab, Mir, ISS and... 'Heavenly Palace'? China's Manned Space Engineering Office has confirmed longstanding rumors by stating that the nation's first orbiting space station will be completed in the year 2020. The announcement is in keeping with China's firm vision as one of the world's foremost spacefaring nations.

Casting The Counters - Improving Radiation Monitoring In Japan

Safecast want your help to deploy up to 600 more Geiger Counters in Japan.

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome Makes Google Street View

Nothing interesting on your street? Google begs to differ... if you live on a certain street in Hiroshima, that is. The Japanese city's iconic 'Atomic Dome' is the latest well-known address to make the leap to Google Street View.