Great walls of China: Beijing’s burgeoning graffiti scene – in pictures

Great walls of China: Beijing's burgeoning graffiti scene – in pictures

A thriving graffiti culture has been brewing for decades in Beijing, featuring Chinese characters, animals of the zodiac … and complaints about the price of pork

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A deadly illness left Reuben with time on his hands, and made him one of the world’s few solo watchmakers

A deadly illness left Reuben with time on his hands, and made him one of the world's few solo watchmakers

Reuben Schoots is building a mechanical watch entirely by hand — a feat accomplished only by a handful of people in the past century. But he is learning more than just a lost craft.

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Elsevier Wants To Stop Indian Medics, Students And Academics Accessing Knowledge The Only Way Most Of Them Can Afford: Via Sci-Hub And Libgen

Elsevier Wants To Stop Indian Medics, Students And Academics Accessing Knowledge The Only Way Most Of Them Can Afford: Via Sci-Hub And Libgen

Last month Techdirt wrote about some ridiculous scaremongering from Elsevier against Sci-Hub, which the publisher claimed was a "security risk". Sci-Hub, with its 85 million academic papers, is an example of what are sometimes termed…

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The aroma of distant worlds: New evidence that spices, fruits from Asia had reached the Mediterranean earlier than thought

The aroma of distant worlds: New evidence that spices, fruits from Asia had reached the Mediterranean earlier than thought

Asian spices such as turmeric and fruits like the banana had already reached the Mediterranean more than 3000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. A team of researchers has shown that even in the Bronze Age, long-distance trade in food was already connecting distant societies.

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