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Elephants finally catch a break as ivory prices plunge in China


Elephants, rejoice: China is making a major effort to kick its nasty ivory habit.

On Friday, the Chinese government is slated to shutter more than two dozen factories that carve ivory. Authorities have also committed to closing all retail outlets for ivory jewelry and goods by the end of the year.

‘Racist’ question on kid’s homework sheet is angering people


What’s in a name? A lot apparently, if this first grader’s exam question is anything to go by.

The US dollar is so strong right now, even the dead prefer it in the afterlife


With exchange rates fluctuating so much in the real world, it only stands to reason that those in the afterlife could get affected too.

Malaysian papers are reporting that people are starting to turn to foreign currencies such as the U.S. dollar, when it comes to selecting paper money to burn as offerings.

With the Chinese Qing Ming festival coming, where people are expected to burn “money” for their…

India finally becomes a net exporter of electricity


Infamous for its power outages, India can finally tell the world it has become a net exporter of electricity.

India exported 5,700 million units of electricity to neighbouring countries Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar during the financial year 2016-17, the power ministry said this week.

In comparison, the nation imported 5,585 million units of electricity during the same period, more than 200 million units short of the export…

‘World of Warcraft’ players are becoming too powerful so Blizzard secretly made the game harder


As you earn better and better max-level gear in World of Warcraft, one of the satisfying side effects is being able to go back and steamroll through enemies and dungeons that used to give you trouble. Blizzard quietly put a stop to that in the latest patch by making enemies’ health scale up with the quality of your gear.

A handful of WoW players took to the game’s forums yesterday after noticing that enemy non-player characters (AKA mobs) had higher health when players’ item levels (the…

Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope gets an analytics dashboard

The personal data of all of Hong Kong’s 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen


Two laptops containing personal information of Hong Kong’s 3.7 million registered voters have been stolen.

The laptops were reported missing by Hong Kong’s electoral office, in what could be the city’s largest data breach.

They were reportedly stolen from a locked room on Lantau Island, off the main Hong Kong island. The room was a designated backup venue for the chief executive elections held over the weekend.


Newly revealed ‘Blade Runner 2049′ footage makes ‘Westworld’ look like a walk in the park


These replicants are not 3D-printed. They are born, and their birth sequence is — gulp — gnarly.

So we learned Monday night at Cinemacon, where Sony Pictures sneaked a few minutes of Blade Runner 2049, Ridley Scott’s revisitation of the sci-fi cult classic from 1982. And it looks dark. So dark that its nightmarscape of synthesized humans makes Westworld look like a walk in the park.

The first teaser footage was released in December — and this one…

Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talent

Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talent