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Scientists use Van Gogh’s sunsets to understand climate

Scientists use Van Gogh’s sunsets to understand climate

April 1, 2014 – 8:26AM

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Shweta Iyer

Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunset at Montmajour may be your favourite painting for its sublime and serene use of colours but for a group of Greek and German scientists it may provide vital clues about how the Earth’s atmosphere was when Van Gogh painted it.  Their article is published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Read more of this post

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What Do Indians Care About? Not Just The Economy, Stupid; India’s BJP Says Economy Would Be First Priority

Mar 31, 2014

What Do Indians Care About? Not Just The Economy, Stupid

NIHARIKA MANDHANA

The Congress party’s prospects have plummeted because Indians are unhappy with the economy, right?

Well, not exactly. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds a majority of Indians – 57% – think the economic situation today is good. And this assessment is stronger in northern India, where the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and its standard bearer Narendra Modi are expected to win big.  Read more of this post

Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City

Mar 31, 2014

Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City

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Proving that China’s fight against pollution has moved decisively into the realm of parody, bags containing mountain air were shipped into one particularly smog-addled city over the weekend. Read more of this post

China Big 5 Banks Step Up Bad Loan Disposals; Write-Offs Highlight Mounting Debt Risks for Cooling Chinese Economy

China Big 5 Banks Step Up Bad Loan Disposals

Write-Offs Highlight Mounting Debt Risks for Cooling Chinese Economy

March 31, 2014 8:41 a.m. ET

China Construction Bank is one of five large Chinese lenders that wrote off and moved off their books billions of yuan in nonperfoming loans. Reuters Read more of this post

China’s New Wager: Pulling Energy From the Ocean

China’s New Wager: Pulling Energy From the Ocean

Lengthy Coastline, Pollution Make Country a Prime Testing Ground in Joint Ventures With Western Firms

SIMON HALL

March 31, 2014 12:15 p.m. ET

HONG KONG—A race is under way to unlock one of the world’s biggest untapped sources of clean energy—the ocean—with China emerging as an important testing ground. Read more of this post

Samsung Electronics’ mobile head paycheck hits $5.8 million, beating Apple’s Cook; Samsung didn’t disclose remuneration details of J.Y. Lee; pay details hidden by non-executive titles

Samsung Electronics’ mobile head paycheck hits $5.8 million, beating Apple’s Cook

8:16pm EDT

Seoul (Reuters) – The head of Samsung Electronics Co’s mobile business, J.K. Shin, received a $5.8 million compensation package last year, beating the paycheck of his counterpart at U.S. rival Apple Inc, the South Korean firm said on Monday in its first such disclosure under new regulations. Read more of this post

Suntory’s spirited strategy

Suntory’s spirited strategy

Monday, March 31, 2014 – 16:46

Jaime Ee

The Business Times

They’re smoky. Stuffy. Chaotic. Elbow room is a luxury, social niceties an afterthought and the food deliberately oversalted. But when spirits are high – in more ways than one – such things don’t matter to a Japanese salary man whose sole intention is to pack his daytime persona as straight-laced, subservient model employee back into his manbag so that his real self can come out to play. Read more of this post

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