Chinese Embassy Pressured Theater to Cancel Shen Yun Performances in Spain, Investigation Reveals


January 29, 2019 Updated: January 29, 2019

A top-level official from the Chinese Embassy in Spain admitted in a recent phone call that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater in Madrid to pressure him into canceling performances of a popular traditional Chinese dance and music company slated to run there, according to a recent investigation.

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts—whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through music and dance, according to its website—had booked the Royal Theater in Madrid to perform on Jan. 31 and Feb.… READ MORE...


Chinese Shan Shui Painting Through the Yuan Dynasty

«Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains,» 1295, by Zhao Mengfu. Handscroll with ink on paper, 11.2 inches by 35.5 inches. National Palace Museum, Taipei. (Public Domain)

Nature reflecting the Yin-Yang of the Cosmos


January 14, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

Chinese landscape painting, known as shan shui (“mountain water”), can be considered one of the highest forms of expression in ancient Chinese art. But what makes this genre so unequivocally identifiable?

It begins with the fact that the ancient Chinese believed that heaven and earth exist together in harmony. Thus, ancient Chinese landscape artists sought to portray nature’s relationship with the entire cosmos.… READ MORE...


Antibacterial Cleaners Making Dust More Dangerous, Study Finds

Researchers find chemical disinfectant contained in some unlabeled consumer products is linked with antibiotic resistant microbes. (Flickr)

Antimicrobial chemical tied to antibiotic resistance genes in dust.


January 15, 2019 Updated: January 16, 2019

An antimicrobial chemical called triclosan is abundant in dust—and linked to changes in the genetic makeup of dust, according to a new study. The result is dust with organisms that could cause an antibiotic-resistant infection.

“There is this conventional wisdom that says everything that’s in dust is dead, but that’s not actually the case. There are things living in there,” study leader Erica Hartmann said, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.… READ MORE...


China Calls Out Apple, Amazon for ‘Incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong References

An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, U.S. on Aug. 2, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI—One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used “incorrect labels” for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China’s Legal Daily newspaper.… READ MORE...


The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in Jane Austen’s Novel

In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” two sisters demonstrate opposite tendencies: One shows prudence and the other poetic feelings. «Evening or Full Dress,» a fashion plate for «The Repository of Arts,» June 1, 1810, by Rudolph Ackermann. Hand-colored engraving on paper. Gift of Charles LeMaire, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Public Domain)


December 28, 2018 Updated: December 28, 2018

Everyone knows a drama queen. In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” Marianne Dashwood happily plays the role, and wonderfully demonstrates how the fashion for sensibility at the time is taken to excess. Marianne’s heart is her compass, and she willfully goes wherever her feelings and flights of fancy take her, mostly in her mind.… READ MORE...


Strength Training Exercises Can Help Older People to Get Up after a Fall

Strength training into a senior years can give us the physical strength to overcome one of the biggest threats we will face—gravity. (U.S. Army photo by Olivia Mendoza)


January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

One of the biggest concerns about falling down as an older adult is injuring yourself and being unable to get back up again. With the population of elderly patients expected to rise over the next few decades, researchers are more concerned than ever about the health of these individuals and how to prevent unnecessary health concerns. Reducing the number of falls and the level of injuries as a result is one topic researchers are looking into more frequently.… READ MORE...


China Gives Long-Awaited GM Crop Approvals Amid US Trade Talks


January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

BEIJING—China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Jan. 8, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods.

The United States is the world’s biggest producer of GM crops, while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola.

U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing’s slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.… READ MORE...


9 Globe-Altering Historical Events That Happened During Christmas

(L) Public domain, (R) NASA

Christmas-day discoveries, decisions, and disasters that had an impact on how the world played out


December 22, 2018 Updated: December 27, 2018

From Columbus’ shipwreck to George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, there have been a lot of world-changing events that took place during Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. Read on to see these 9 fascinating things that also happened on December 25.

9. Columbus’ Santa María sinks, 1492

Of all three ships that sailed on Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, the flagship Santa María was the largest and slowest.… READ MORE...


Self-Weighing, Self-Awareness May Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

During the holidays, it is easy to eat up to double or triple our needed calories, leading to weight gain that is often permanent. (Pixabay)

Researchers devise method to prevent holiday weight gain


December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

A brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of eggnog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight.

The trial in the United Kingdom recruited participants in November and December of 2016 and 2017 and followed up with them about 45 days later.… READ MORE...


45 Health Resolutions That Only Require One Small Change

Taking your workout outdoors is a great way to find motivation and mental clarity. (Brian Metzler/Unsplash)

For starters, you do not have to do all 45—just one is fine!


December 30, 2018 Updated: December 30, 2018

There’s some powerful New Year’s energy in the air. Now’s the time to harness those vibes and head into a fresh year ready to become more healthy, awesome, and powerful.

Whether you need help thinking up resolutions for the upcoming year, or want something small and specific enough that you’ll actually stick to, we’ve got a great list of 45 resolutions to choose from.… READ MORE...


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