600-Year-Old Buddha Emerges

A 600-year-old Buddha statue has been discovered in a reservoir in east China’s Jiangxi Province after water levels fell during renovation work. A local villager first spotted the head of the Buddha last month when the water level fell by more than 10 meters during work on a hydro-power gate. The Buddha’s head sits against […]

New $100 Coin Design

For the first time in American history, Lady Liberty will be portrayed as an African-American woman on U.S. currency. In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary, the new $100 coin was unveiled Thursday. Lady Liberty, shown in profile, wears a crown of stars holding back her hair, with the inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “1792,” […]

Benefits of Playing Video Games

Complex, challenging, and ambitious, video games have come a long way since the simple arcade titles of the 1970s—and evidence is mounting that the benefits of play go well beyond entertainment and improved hand-eye coordination. Here are some ways games are programming better people. THEY’RE PRODUCING BETTER SURGEONS. While you may think you want your […]

Norway Switching Off FM Radio

Norway opened a chapter in telecommunications history on Wednesday, becoming the first country to cease FM radio broadcasting. The switch, to digital broadcasting, is intended to save money, but critics are worried about the effect on drivers and listeners of small radio stations. The move to “radio digitization” was decided by Parliament in 2011, and […]

McDonald’s Sells China Operations

US fast-food giant McDonald’s will sell a controlling stake in its China and Hong Kong business for up to $2.08 billion to a consortium including state-owned Citic and the Carlyle Group, it was announced Monday. The deal is part of an international turnaround plan by the Golden Arches as it struggles with sluggish growth at […]

Chinese Silk Road – One Belt One Road

Time for a long trip along the new silk road. China sent its first freight train to London earlier this week in what is one of the world’s longest train rides. The train left Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang province Sunday and is headed for the British capital. The trip will take two and […]

$632K For A Single Tuna

A sushi chain boss paid $632,000 for a 466-pound bluefin tuna at auction on Thursday. The 74.2 million yen winning bid for the prized but imperiled species was the second highest ever after a record 155.4 million yen bid in 2013 at the annual New Year auction at the famed Tsukiji market. Kiyomura Corp. owner […]

Gold-Plated Trump iPhones for $151,000

If you have six figures to drop on someone very special this Christmas, why not go for a gold-plated iPhone case featuring Donald Trump’s face? The solid gold smartphone, which is also encrusted with diamonds, is priced at about $151,000. Goldgenie is selling the phone, a business that adds gold plates to any item customers […]