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Agricultural designs

An image of a dragon created using different varieties of rice in a paddy field during the harvesting season in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Photo courtesy: AFP


Tech dreams live or die on startup battlefields

Fearing failure but driven by a chance at Silicon Valley stardom, young entrepreneurs pitch their dreams in mere minutes at startup competitions like TechCrunch Disrupt that ended here Wednesday.


The godfather of eco-bling: Brando's Tahitian paradise

An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the sixties is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues -- with a little help from its jet-set visitors.


Big Anxiety

A visitor experiencing Snoosphere, an interactive multi-sensory installation that encourages people to feel their way through a host of objects and surfaces, during the media launch of the Big Anxiety Festival in Sydney, Australia.


Escaping disillusion: Skilled youth quitting Turkey

When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai five years ago, her friends said she'd made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm.


Humble bicycle back in vogue in Cuba

The humble bicycle is gradually shedding its grim association with Cuba's economic crisis that followed the fall of the Soviet Union, and making a comeback buoyed by demand from tourists and Cubans frustrated by poor public transportation.


Contortion

12-year-old Palestinian boy Yousef Al-Bahtini invited to attempt the record attempt for "fastest time to travel 20 meters in a contortion roll" by Guinness World Records, shows off his acrobatic skills as he contorts his body in Gaza City.


Merkel soup, beer and nudism: When Germany's election got weird

Boring? What's boring? The punters may have already placed firm bets on Chancellor Angela Merkel to win her fourth term on Sunday, but Germany's general election is still turning up surprises.


In search of Borneo's 'Last Frontier'

It was not a rumor after all. The Last Frontier is for real!


The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.


 

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