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Nine Transportation-Related Jobs That Only Exist in Certain Cultures

Would you be willing to get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded train carriages? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights? Read More >>

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How a Man Who Wore a Fake Uterus is Reinventing Sanitary Pads

This is story about a man who created—and wore—a mock, bleeding uterus made out of a bladder filled with goat's blood. This is also a story about an inventor breaking profound taboos to revolutionise the lives of women. Either way, how a school dropout in India came to invent a cheaper way to make sanitary pads is a tale at once weird and inspiring, as told in a recent BBC article. Read More >>

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The Worst Air Pollution in the World is NOT in Beijing

There have been lots of stories on Gizmodo lately about the poor quality of China's air. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing's air pollution isn't even that bad... relatively speaking. "Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi," says the Times in an article about the Indian city's smog. Read More >>

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Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai's Sky High Building Boom

Mumbai's housing market is a series of extremes: There are hundreds of skyscrapers being built, yet more than 60 per cent of its citizens live in slums. Single families occupy immense towers, but the average living space is less than four metres squared per person. Alicja Dobrucka, a Polish artist, set out to document the disparity last year. Read More >>

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Hats Off to Bill Gates: A Polio-Free India is £137 Million Well Spent

India is now officially polio free according to the country's health officials, and that's in no small part due to the philanthropic work of Bill Gates. He and his wife's charity donated $225 million (£137,340,000) to the cause, with the disease's eradication now the ex-Microsoft man's proudest achievement. Read More >>

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Check Out Mumbai's Sparkling, Slum-Bordered New Airport Terminal

It's been almost three decades since Mumbai's airport saw a renovation—a long time, for a city that's seen some of the fastest growth in the world. But on Friday, officials unveiled an £540 million terminal, filled with Indian art and high tech architectural acrobatics. Outside, it's bordered on all sides by poverty-stricken slums. Read More >>

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A Really Enormous Cyclone Is About To Hit India's Eastern Coast

A huge storm, cyclone Phailin (pronounced: phie-lin), is approaching the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on the eastern coast of India and will probably also cause heavy rain in neighbouring states. Indian authorities evacuated half a million people over the past few days as predictions about the storm grew more dire. Read More >>

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India's New Long Range Missile Can Reach Beijing, Europe, and Beyond

India and China are the epitome of frenemies. Their relationship isn't outright antagonistic, as India's is with neighbouring Pakistan, but has remained prickly since an ongoing border dispute over Tibet that began in the 1960s. Which is why it could be a bit disconcerting that India's newest missile can reach Beijing, not to mention deep into Europe.
The primary difference between the China and India's missile programs has historically been a matter of range. China's Dongfeng class of ICBMs, with a maximum range 3,000 km to more than 10,000 km, have long been able to penetrate the breadth of India's airspace, while India's short range ballistic missiles have barely been able to get beyond Lhasa. Irradiating the capital city of the region you're fighting over is rather counter-productive. But the advent of the new Agni-V ICBM, China's cultural and economic centres are suddenly within India's reach. Read More >>

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India Thought Jupiter and Venus Were Actually Chinese Spy Drones

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Chinese spy drone! Oh, and there's another one! That's what the Indian Army must've thought when they saw two specks of something "spying on them" in the sky. Instead, what India thought were Chinese spy drones turned out to be... Jupiter and Venus. Read More >>

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Google Street View Went a Tad Too Far and Fell In a Ravine

Look's like Google's really desperate to bring you pictures of literally all the nooks and crannies of the world -- so desperate in fact, it's willing to send one of its Street View cars crashing down a ravine, just to get that last shot. Or at least that's probably how the driver tells it. Read More >>

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India Is Now the World's Leading Spam Source

India is now responsible for 9.3 per cent of the world's spam — up from 8 per cent last year — overtaking the US for the first time, and meaning that it now accounts for more of the email trash than any other country. Read More >>

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Corruption, Lies, and Death Threats: The Crazy Story of the Man Who Pretended to Invent Email

Shiva Ayyadurai, pictured above, is a shimmering intellectual. He holds four degrees from MIT (where he lectures), numerous patents, honours, and awards. He also says he invented email, and there's a global conspiracy against him. Guess which one of these statements is true. Read More >>

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Olympus Scandal Results In Top Executive Death

The long running Olympus corruption scandal that saw ties with the mob, hiding loses and executives leaving left and right has taken another sad turn with the apparent suicide of one of its top executives, Tsutomi Omori in New Delhi. Read More >>

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Is a Google Contractor Trying to Destroy OpenStreetMap?

Well, this is bad. OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of world maps, has been vandalised, with someone deliberately screwing up its data. Worse, the offending IP addresses seem to be coming from a set belonging to Google India. Careful where you drive. Read More >>

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Red Spit is Eating This Steel Bridge

Spitting's a gross habit. Spitting on a bridge hanger and weakening its structural integrity. Well that's just rude and really gross. Read More >>

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Last Surviving Sikh Ninja Master Is Looking for a Disciple

Nidar Singh is the last known master of shastar vidya, a form of Sikh martial arts that involves lots of spinning blades flying around at the same time. It's seriously impressive—and seriously endangered, unless Singh gets help. Read More >>

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