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Science, Tech & Environment

A new book documents China’s exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources

The recent agreement between the US and China to reduce greenhouse emissions made headlines — and rightly so. It was a big step for both nations. But, striking a balance between environmental protection and economic ascendance is much more complicated than that. In China especially, it seems, for every step forward, there are often two steps back. Its actions in Tibet are a prime example, according to a newly-published book.

Science, Tech & Environment

For animals, and humans, having bigger weapons can keep you from having to fight at all

In the battle for physical and sexual supremacy, human tactics haven’t progressed much past the lowly dung beetle. We may have brains capable of producing art and science, and we don’t spend our days hauling around dung (well, most of us don’t, anyway), but otherwise — not much has changed.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Arts, Culture & Media

Banksy's spoof video of Syrian rebels gets panned by a Middle East satirist

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When British artist Banksy does something, people take notice. The unidentified and mysterious graffiti artist has posted a film online that spoofs Syrian rebels and shows them accidentally killing Dumbo the Elephant. The video's gone viral and has generated a lot of reaction in the Twittersphere.

Global Scan

Iranian culture? Which one?

Iran's been in the spotlight because of the agreement reached on its nuclear program. In Iran, the reaction has been positive, no matter which side of the country's culture people sit on. Plus, an independent Scotland? Scots will be voting and the campaign is on. That and more, in today's Global Scan.