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Why some techies are shunning Silicon Valley for Japanese dream

By Pavel Alpeyev

Software engineer Carlos Perez Gutierrez was in the enviable position of being able to choose between job offers. Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc wanted him for its hip San Francisco office. Booking.com offered to cover his moving expenses to Amsterdam, including the cost of getting hisFULL STORY

Fitness trackers help put fat pets on a diet

By Adam Pemble

When Czech entrepreneur Robert Hasek began jogging with his dog, Darwin, the three-mile runs were making the bull terrier sick with fatigue. Hasek was surprised, thinking his dog led a healthy lifestyle. To solve the mystery, he strapped a Fitbit to Darwin and discovered he wasFULL STORY

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines bright at the box office

By Lindsey Bahr

Glitz won over guns as the gilded romance Crazy Rich Asians debuted at No 1 in North American theaters this weekend, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare like Mile 22. Warner Bros estimates that the film earned US$25.2 million over the weekend and US$34FULL STORY

Trekking to Shangri-La2018-08-21

By Emma Graham-Harrison

At the top of the Miyar Valley in the high Himalayas, a chain of seven tiny turquoise pools nestle below the snout of a formidable glacier. Each one looks deceptively inviting. We plunge in and our shouts, as we brave the icy water, echo off wallsFULL STORY

The LAB Space closes its doors2018-08-20

By Jerome Keating

Oscar Wilde once said that drama is the meeting place of art and life, and no one brought art and life together for English-language theater in Taiwan better than Brook Hall. Yet with TAPE, Hall’s Butterfly Effect Theater is not only closing out its season afterFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: A dark day for Taiwanese diplomacy2018-08-19

By Han Cheung

Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 On Aug. 24, 1962, Indonesia refused to allow Taiwan and Israel to participate in the Asian Games in Jakarta. And exactly 30 years later, Taiwan severed relations with its long-time close ally, South Korea. Both events happened because of China, notFULL STORY

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can shorten lifespan: study2018-08-18

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported yesterday. The findings, published in The Lancet medical journal, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo dietsFULL STORY

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen?2018-08-18

By George Monbiot

When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media,FULL STORY

Highways and Byways: Digging deep into Lukang’s history2018-08-17

By Steven Crook

What are the three most visited places of worship in Changhua County’s Lukang (鹿港)? That’s easy: The exquisite Longshan Temple (龍山寺), the delightfully timeworn Tianhou Temple (天后宮) and the 21st century, made-of-glass Husheng Temple (護聖宮). It’s harder to say which of Lukang’s many religious sites isFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2018-08-17

By Sheryl Cheung

Video on the Phone is an exhibition viewed on smartphones with internet access. Bring your own smartphone and virtual reality (VR) headset; those without a VR headset, Google Cardboards are available for rent at the Hong Gah Museum and Polymer Art Village. The showFULL STORY

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