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Why China is now the world’s biggest champion for a united Africa

Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent.

When is a fake $500 bill worth $15,000? When it’s art

On Nov. 30 at a Comfort Inn in Okemos, Michigan, Numismatic Auctions is hoping to get $15,000 for an odd assortment of receipts, scraps of paper, a bottle cap, a Lipton tea bag, and two US dollar bills.

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.

For many people this Black Friday, a bargain was no longer enough

By now, the dust has settled from Black Friday, which in the US marks the post-Thanksgiving kickoff to the Christmastime consumer frenzy.

Iceland’s massive popularity with tourists has a gross downside

Iceland is having a moment. The tiny North Atlantic island of 330,000 residents will have welcomed more than one million tourists in a single year by the end of 2015.

Hockey fights are in decline and fans are partly to blame

The hockey fight is not dead. Not even close. Among the dozens of fights this month alone, a Nov. 7 blow from San Jose Sharks’ Micheal Haley sent Anaheim Duck Clayton Stoner’s helmet bouncing across the ice.

Microsoft let off a software pirate if he made an anti-piracy video that got 200,000 views

A hacker named Jakub was found guilty of pirating Windows and other software. He was handed a three-year suspended sentence and a hefty fine—5.7 million koruna ($223,200)—by a Czech court.

Weekend edition—Black Friday blues, Chinese mass dating, Syria’s feminist utopia

Good morning, Quartz readers! By now, the dust has settled from Black Friday, which in the US marks the post-Thanksgiving kickoff to the Christmastime consumer frenzy.

The latest poll says Donald Trump may finally have gone too far

The more outrageous he became, the more unassailable he got—until now. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released today (Nov.

Police are responding to a shooting near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

This post is about an ongoing news event and will be updated. Police and firefighters have come out in force in Colorado Springs after a gunman was reported shooting in the vicinity of a Planned Parenthood clinic.

What Pope Francis riding around Nairobi in a Honda says to African leaders

African leaders will be squirming at the end of Pope Francis’s three-day Kenya visit, the first leg of his visit to Africa.

Your next wearable device could be a temporary tattoo

The next generation of wearable technology will stick to your skin and you won’t have to remember to put it on every morning.

Gingerbread is America’s #1 holiday cookie, according to Google

Google has shared a map of the “top searched holiday cookies” in the US, and apparently we live in a gingerbread nation.

Here’s the trick that fast fashion plays on your brain—and the ugly consequences

This week, Actuality slips into some fast fashion and learns how it pushes your brain’s buttons to make you buy.

A domestic worker became one of the world’s ‘most inspiring women’ through photography

After 10 years working as a maid in Hong Kong, photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani has been named one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2015.

Tasers may not kill like real guns, but they’re not a cure for police brutality either

Eighty-one percent of police departments used tasers or stun guns in 2013, according to a 2015 Justice Department report.

America’s Tea Party movement has officially peaked

The Tea Party—the hodgepodge of conservatives within the US Republican Party who favor lower taxes, lower national debt, and the notion that government power should be curbed as much as possible—is starting to sputter out.

According to Bernie Sanders, income inequality means many Americans aren’t “truly free”

“True freedom does not occur without economic security.” Bernie Sanders, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, delivered his latest campaign speech at Georgetown University on Nov.

California can’t catch a break: after drought, flooding may be next

It might seem strange to worry about floods during a drought. But that’s exactly what California needs to doing right now.