Science fiction has long envisioned "tractor" beams that could grab and move physical objects using a laser or other stream of energy. Now scientists have created one, at least on a small scale. And we have some advice if you use heat in the winter. Most Brits, and many of us, apparently don't know how to use our thermostats. Also, Chinese officials go on a worldwide corruption hunt, in today's Global Scan.
Reducing carbon intensity sounds like a good idea — until you do the math. In China, the math doesn't add up. Despite a pledge to reduce its carbon intensity, emissions in China continue to rise, and they will keep rising unless the government rejects it business-as-usual practices.
The protests in Hong Kong are about democratic reform. But they’re also putting a spotlight on the issue of press freedom in the Chinese territory, where the news media’s reputation for being fiercely independent is now in question.
Ever heard of Sing Peak in Yosemite National Park? Turns out, it has nothing to do with music. It honors the park's Chinese immigrant past — and an amazing backcountry chef named Tie Sing. A park ranger at Yosemite did some digging and unearthed the hidden history of Sing and the immigrants who helped create the park we know today.
When Hong Kong police were caught on video kicking a handcuffed protester in their custody, demonstrators and their supporters denounced the tactics as unnecessarily heavy handed. But the incident might prove to be a catalyst for yet another round of pro-democracy protests, now in their third week.
We all know about the so-called ‘Great Firewall of China,” the half-joking term for the barrier set up to prevent Western media from being consumed in China. And most of us assume there is a great deal of additional censorship with China itself. But until Gary King of Harvard University found a way to peer directly at the inner workings of Chinese censorship, no one knew exactly how it was done or what the Chinese were most serious about censoring.
Yeonmi Park fled North Korea when she was 14. She risked her life, crossed three mountains and a frozen lake to get to China and eventually to South Korea. Now she says she wants to raise awareness about the people she left behind.
Hong Kong protests flared up over a matter of politics — whether China would allow full democracy for the city in choosing its chief executive. But the movement is also about Hong Kong's unique history and identity, and how that can survive within China's far different culture.
Cave art has long been viewed as an illustration of the emergence of human culture, with most of the oldest findings coming in Europe. But a new finding in Indonesia raises questions about when cave art first emerged, and whether art may have been a fundamental part of humanity dating to its days in Africa. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
She isn’t old enough to get a driver's license or vote. But at 17, Agnes Chow is already a political player in Hong Kong. As one of the leaders of an influential student activist group called Scholarism, Chow is part of a new political generation making its mark in the Chinese territory.
The Korean American community is standing by a new statue honoring thousands of "comfort women," or sex slaves, used by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Japanese conservatives say the statue has to go. And both sides are taking the issue to the White House.
A photo of three pioneering women doctors has been circulating in social media -- but they're not wearing white lab coats. They're wearing culturally significant dress and they represent the first women doctors from their countries, back in the 1800s.
The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
Chinese pigs need a genetic upgrade, so Britain has graciously offered to help China at a $74 million per year price tag. China may not have bragged about its pigs, but an international test showed Chinese kids at the top of the class. But there's a catch. And Iceland grieves after the the police kill a man, for the first time in the country's history. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Hydraulic fracturing has recently emerged as an alternative source of energy in the United States. Now China, the world's largest energy consumer, is experimenting with it. The Chinese government hopes the controversial technology will help wean the country off dirty coal.
Australia's coal is fueling China's growth, quite literally. For the past two years, that fuel has been subjected to a carbon tax. But now Australia's new government is poised to put an end to the carbon tax.
China's notorious air pollution makes this photo of a digitally-presented sunrise in an ad seem very eerie. Uganda's president is reconsidering a widely-criticized anti-gay law that the country's parliament passed last month. And India's Olympic team just got the nod to head to Sochi, but can't represent the country. All that and more, in this special weekend edition of the Global Scan.
China is considering a measure to make it illegal for people to eat or buy products made from four endangered animals. That's a real culture change. In the UK, carnivorous insects get their own 3-D glasses. And in Lebanon, the Debutantes' Ball goes on in the face of violence. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports that individual property rights are still a new concept in China, but it's already helping to change the relationship between the Chinese people and their leaders.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Simon Long, Asia editor for The Economist, about the possibility that close relations between China and Burma could become the focus of protests ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.
Anne Zuckerman is a teacher at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and she was on campus when the powerful earthquake hit; Host Lisa Mullins speaks to Zuckerman about the earthquake -- and about having to evacuate her apartment.