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Chinese parents spend a fortune on their kids’ summer vacations—both to show off and to keep up


An essay that has gone viral on WeChat, China’s most popular social network, is highlighting the anxieties of middle-class Chinese parents who feel they have no option but to pay huge sums of money for their children’s summer activities.

How a tiny African country became the world’s key military base


In early August, China became the latest country to open a military base in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, the third smallest country on the continent’s mainland.

How Steve Jobs inspired Vishal Sikka to leave the chaos at Infosys


Infosys, a 36-year-old Indian IT giant, just lost its first non-founder CEO. Vishal Sikka, the company’s former CEO & managing director, who resigned today (Aug.

The long-forgotten histories of the colours in the Indian Tricolour


This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence. The Tricolour, perhaps the most tangible and potent symbol of freedom from colonial servitude, is particularly on full display.

Vishal Sikka quits as Infosys CEO after months of thorny relationship


Infosys is losing the captain of its mother ship. Vishal Sikka, the first non-founder managing director & CEO of Indian software major Infosys Ltd, resigned today (Aug.

Photos: Inside one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines


One of the world’s largest bitcoin mines is located in the SanShangLiang industrial park on the outskirts of the city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region that’s part of China.

How ancient cultures explained eclipses


On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States. As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such a way that the Earth passes into the shadow of the moon.

A history of the New York Times discovering “exotic foods”


Boba tea is a beverage that people drink sometimes, and the New York Times is on it. The paper of record was widely criticized today (August 16) for publishing an article that framed bubble tea—a beverage created in Taiwan 30 years ago, it’s popular throughout Asia, as well as throughout the coastal US—as an exotic trend baffling the American mainstream.

Internet clean up, the cure for peanut allergies, and eight other stories you might have missed


1. Hey! You! Get off of my cloud For a long time, Civil Rights groups have been urging tech companies to kick hate groups off of their networks.

Take a 360 walk around one of the world’s biggest bitcoin mines


Last week, Quartz visited one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines, located in a decaying industrial park on the outskirts of the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia.

The lives of bitcoin miners digging for digital gold in Inner Mongolia


Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China A decade ago, after a speculative coal boom fizzled, the once-thriving desert city of Ordos, in Inner Mongolia, became China’s largest ghost town, littered with unfinished or empty buildings and desperate for another way to make money.

Aldi’s cheap whiskey is winning international accolades


Move out of the way, Two-Buck Chuck, there’s some fierce competition coming your way. While it’s true a lot of consumers would like to upgrade the liquor they’re drinking—and a lot of companies have tried to make their liquors fancier—still many are happy to go searching for the best of the cheap stuff.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” is getting a gender-swapped film adaptation


For the umpteenth time, Oscar Wilde’s only novel is getting a film adaption—but this one promises to be perhaps the most unique spin on the story since it was first published 127 years ago.

Google Earth is giving virtual tours of traditional homes around the world


Google Earth and Google Street View allow the curious to take a virtual walk into the middle of Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Grand Canyon or the street with that apartment you’re thinking of renting.

How to photograph the total solar eclipse—with your phone or camera


In case you haven’t heard, the sun and the moon will be starring in a celestial event on Monday, Aug.

Steve Bannon’s claim to have played the media with his bizarre interview is deluded


White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared war on Gary Cohn, president Donald Trump’s economic advisor; called white nationalists “losers”; and dismissed the president’s push for military action in North Korea in a bizarre, free-wheeling interview with the liberal magazine American Prospect that was published yesterday (Aug.

Manufacturing won’t bring workers to the Midwest


When Foxconn announced last month that it would build a factory in Wisconsin, the state’s governor hopefully renamed the county where it would be located—Paul Ryan’s district—“Wisconn Valley.” “We believe this will have a transformational effect on Wisconsin just as Silicon Valley transformed the San Francisco Bay area,” he told the Washington Post.

A low-tech terror attack in Barcelona follows a familiar grim script


A van drove into a crowd of people in central Barcelona today (Aug. 17). Reports suggest that there could be at least 10 fatalities, with more injured, in what police described as a “massive crash.” The attack is being treated as terrorism, according to authorities.

London’s Design Museum is making people choose between a refugee shelter, Kanye West, and Pokémon GO


A London museum wants design-lovers to make an impossible—and ethically confounding—choice. The Design Museum announced yesterday an eclectic list of 62 finalists vying for its Beazley Design of the Year prize.

We forgot to teach our kids how to have fun sex


Damn—we forgot to teach our kids how to have fun sex. Most news covers the sex lives of young people in terms of hookups, raunch culture, booty calls and friends with benefits.


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