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NJ College Buys $219K Table, Doesn't Get the Fuss

Kean University happens to be a state school

(Newser) - New Jersey's Kean University has a big new conference table. It seats 23. And it happened to cost $219,000. And that has one lawmaker up in arms over the purchase, which was made from a company in China, where Kean recently opened a branch campus that is being... More »

Outrage Over Handling of Graveyard Ship

Chinese community says vessel with 499 bodies should be undisturbed

(Newser) - Last week, divers announced that they had found a ship that went down off the coast of New Zealand more than a century ago. Now, the nation's Chinese community has a message for all those figuring out what to do next: Keep your hands off it. The reason has... More »

Ancient Canyon Found Buried Deep in Tibet

Geologists say it appears to have formed in an unusual way

(Newser) - A very old and very deep canyon lies alongside the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet, near the eastern end of the Himalayas, and its recent discovery is prompting geologists to rethink a popular model currently used to explain how the gorges of the Himalayas came to form so quickly... More »

In the Future, Blowing on Cash Could Reveal If It's Counterfeit

Scientists look to beetle-based technology

(Newser) - Scientists are working on an easier way to detect counterfeit money—and they have beetles to thank for it. The system, which would allow people to reveal counterfeit cash by breathing on it, is based on the ability of a longhorn beetle species to change color based on local humidity,... More »

'Miracle Baby' Born at Just 23 Weeks

Doctors in China say tiny infant's survival defies huge odds

(Newser) - They call her "chopstick girl," which provides a sense of her size: all of 11 inches long and weighing just 23 ounces. The Independent reports that a girl in southwest China has survived after being born last week at just 23 weeks. She came along after doctors had... More »

How Was Terracotta Army Made? Ears Reveal Clue

Facial features were perhaps modeled after real soldiers, researchers find

(Newser) - A massive army of terracotta warriors, commissioned by China's first emperor in 246 BC, has mesmerized archaeologists since its discovery in 1974. Slowly, researchers have learned the secrets of the amazing clay statues, including how they were painted , but were still puzzled by how their realistic features were created.... More »

It's Not a Treaty, but GOP Can Defang Climate Deal

And one route could lead to another government shutdown

(Newser) - Yesterday's surprising deal on climate change between the US and China came about after a personal letter from President Obama to his Chinese counterpart last spring, reports the Guardian . But while Xi Jinping will presumably face no substantive opposition from Chinese lawmakers on the goals to cut carbon emissions,... More »

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Weather Network, Satellites

Though the breach happened in late September, it was kept quiet for weeks

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees the National Weather Service, announced in October that it was conducting "unscheduled maintenance" on its network. Turns out the reason was likely a security breach by hackers in China, reports the Washington Post . NOAA hasn't specified whether any classified... More »

Climate Deal Between US, China Is 'Game Changer'

Ambitious goals please advocates for reform

(Newser) - Agreements that emerge from international summits often are met with a shrug. Not so the surprise deal between the US and China on climate change. Writers at Grist , Mother Jones , and Slate all use the phrase "game changer" in describing this one. The big takeaway numbers: The US set... More »

Alibaba Founder Says Being Filthy Rich Is a 'Great Pain'

Jack Ma says he's 'not happy,' that spending money is harder than it seems

(Newser) - Jack Ma feels your pain—that is, if you regularly experience the pain of being extremely, insanely rich and have to endure spending all your money all the time. The Alibaba founder spoke yesterday to CNBC from Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou, China, telling David Faber that being China's richest... More »

Chinese Miffed by Putin Acting Like Gentleman

Russian president wraps shawl around China's first lady, a no-no

(Newser) - It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping while he chatted with Barack Obama at an event linked to this week's Asia-Pacific summit. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit... More »

In China, Obama Chews Gum, Offends Locals

But also makes progress on expanding high-tech trade agreement

(Newser) - When 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states convened in Beijing last night, China rolled out more than the red carpet. Treated as the biggest international event in China's capital since the 2008 Olympics, pollution levels have been lowered ( or at least manipulated ), a cultural show and... More »

Every USPS Employee's Data Hacked in Breach

Fingers are being pointed at China

(Newser) - China-related things that happened today: President Obama arrived in Beijing , and the USPS announced that its computer networks were hacked—with fingers being pointed at China. The FBI is investigating the hack, which came to light in mid-September and was finally squashed over the weekend, reports the Washington Post . How... More »

Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Made the Move to Water

Ancient ichthyosaur reveals missing link to evolutionary record

(Newser) - Scientists have found a real, not-live "sea monster" they say finally fills an evolutionary gap between sea and land dwellers around the time of the dinosaurs. Cartorhynchus lenticarpus—imagine a dolphin with huge flippers and a short snout—made waves in what is now China 248 million years ago,... More »

WNBA Star Griner Knifed in Odd China Attack

Man followed players onto bus, ranting

(Newser) - WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players... More »

Circus Tiger Kills Girl, 8, at Amusement Park

It attacked child in its enclosure

(Newser) - Tragedy in China, where an 8-year-old was killed by a circus tiger at an amusement park Friday, Shanghaiist reports. Visiting the park in Chongqing with her family, the girl was apparently able to make her way into the enclosure undetected; the Daily Mail , giving the girl's name as Juan... More »

Corpses Being Dug Up, Sold in China

2 government officials allegedly purchased some in order to meet cremation quota

(Newser) - Two officials in southern China offered up a pretty bizarre explanation after being arrested for allegedly purchasing dug-up corpses, according to local media: They needed to meet their cremation quotas. The official Xinhua news agency reports that the case had its beginnings in June, when a resident of Beiliu City... More »

11 Arrested After 'Corpse Bride' Is Dug Up

Chinese woman's body used for ancient 'ghost marriage' ritual

(Newser) - It sounds like a Tim Burton film, but the reality is much creepier: Chinese police have arrested 11 people in the country's east who are accused of playing a role in a "ghost marriage." In the ancient custom, a man who dies single is laid to rest... More »

China's Pimps May No Longer Face Death

Death penalty could be dropped for 9 non-violent offenses

(Newser) - Good news for China's pimps, counterfeiters, and ammunition smugglers: Their crimes are among those that the government plans to stop punishing with death. A plan put before the National People's Congress yesterday eliminates the death penalty for nine non-violent offenses but still leaves 46 capital crimes on the... More »

Heartbroken Woman Lives in Chinese KFC for a Week

Tan Shen didn't feel like going back to her apartment

(Newser) - Some people drown their sorrows in chocolate. For one Chinese woman, chicken wings were apparently the thing. Via Central European News, Yahoo UK! has the story of Tan Shen, a 26-year-old who found herself at a 24-hour KFC in China’s southwest Sichuan Province after being dumped by her boyfriend.... More »

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