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Women Can't Re-Enter Their Home Countries After Korean Plastic Surgery

South Koreans are crazy for plastic surgery—really crazy. Their surgeons are getting so good that Chinese and Japanese women are having problems getting back to their countries after surgery because border agents won't recognise their passport photos. Read More >>

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Eight Images of Hyper-Modern South Korea Compared With its Past

Korea has undergone rapid change over the last century, with Seoul metamorphosing from the first East Asian city to light its royal palace with electricity to arguably the most modern city in the world. Photographer Sungseok Ahn captured change by setting up a screen and projecting the old on top of the new. Read More >>

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Samsung Factory Carbon Dioxide Leak Kills Worker

A carbon dioxide leak in a Samsung plant in southern Seoul has killed one of its workers, according to Korean news agency Yonhap News. Read More >>

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Korean Cinema Chain Now Showing Extra-Wide 270-Degree Films

A South Korean cinema chain is about to start screening films on three walls, thanks to a 270-degree display technology known as Screen X. Film makers have to support it, though, by recording their movies with three cameras, and only one film, a 30-minute thriller known as The X, uses the format right now. So LG and Samsung won't be battling to bring it to the home for a while. [The Verge] Read More >>

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Scientists Create Robot Intent on Jellyfish Destruction

A team of scientists from Korea have invented something that every eight-year-old kid would surely love to have on his Christmas list -- a Jellyfish shredding robot that obliterates nearly a tonne of the slippery stingers per hour. Read More >>

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Is Getting Even Faster for Lucky Koreans

Samsung's boss has announced plans to launch a new, faster Galaxy S4 in South Korea, which uses LTE-Advanced 4G connectivity to potentially double data download speeds. The updated S4, which uses a Qualcomm processor, should go on sale this month. There. But not here. The phone's already popped up on benchmarking sites, showing it running the high-end quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. [Reuters] Read More >>

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Samsung Offices Raided By Police Over Alleged LG Technology Theft

Police have raided one of Samsung's offices in Asan, South Korea, after being tipped off about the possible theft of OLED TV technology from rivals LG. Read More >>

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Anonymous to Save World from Nuclear Apocalypse by Attacking North Korea

Some, one, or all of the members of the Anonymous hacking collective have launched an astonishing new offensive, demanding North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons programme and grants its people full internet access, or face the wrath of the angry nerds as part of Operation Free Korea. Read More >>

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Gas Leak Causes Fatality at Korean Samsung Plant

A gas leak at a Samsung semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, Korea, last night killed a worker—and local news sources are suggesting that a cover-up by Sammy could be behind the incident. Read More >>

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This Auto-Turret Can Kill From Three Clicks

The 2.5-mile wide demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea is the most heavily contested stretch of land on the planet. And if the massive contingent of troops, tanks, bunkers, and land mines weren't enough of a trespassing deterrent, this eagle-eyed auto-targeting gun turret should do the trick. Read More >>

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Dancing Dragon Towers Will Have a Breathable, Scale-Like Skin

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, an architecture firm that is arguably one of the world's leading designers of skyscrapers, has just unveiled plans for a pair of towers that will grace the skyline in Seoul, South Korea with an absolutely stunning dragon-like facade. Read More >>

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Korea: Keep Your Terrible "Phablets" To Yourselves

LG's Vu is offensive in virtually every way that an object can offend. It's called the "Vu," it has an abhorrent 4:3 screen, and, as BGR has loathsomely coined, it's a "phablet". Let it never leave Korean gadget hell. Read More >>

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Using a Mobile Phone in North Korea Is Now a War Crime

How could living in North Korea be worse? Hmm. Maybe if your dinner caught on fire every night, or clothes were made out of a cactus, or if using a phone potentially earned you the death penalty. Sounds about right! Read More >>

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The Stark Difference Between North Korea and South Korea from Space

If you want to know the true effect of departed despot Kim Jong-il (and his father Kim Il-Sung), just take a look at this sad, sad picture of North Korea and South Korea at night from space. South Korea is like any other modern country, lit up with life. North Korea is completely dark. Read More >>

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North Korea Is Threatening South Korea with "Psychological Warfare" Because of Christmas Lights

If there was ever such a thing as a country run by Grinches, North Korea would be that country. Why? Well, according to the BBC, North Korea has warned neighboring South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if South Korea decides to light up Christmas trees near their border. Read More >>

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Bike Chains Welded into the Shape of Human Despair

The tightly bound sculptures of Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo are equally impressive and depressing. Impressive in that such detail and texture can be coaxed from something as ordinary as a bicycle chain. Depressing in that these pieces all appear anguished and include titles like Infection – Ego and Addict. Yeah, good times in South Korea. [This Is Colossal] Read More >>

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