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New blood and old masters keep qipao dressmaking alive

In a quiet workshop in Taipei, three young women meticulously sew and iron under the watchful eye of a master dressmaker with decades of experience in creating the classic "qipao".


Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has a vision for a world in which people stop telling themselves little lies about their emotions -- and she believes high-tech fashion is the key.


Old and deadly: Japan's drive to beat elderly road menace

A series of fatal crashes caused by elderly drivers in Japan has left authorities desperately grappling for ways to clamp down on a problem that experts warn is only going to get worse as the population ages.


Going under the knife in China's plastic surgery stampede

Chen Yan is 35 and fears middle age is upon her, so like all of her friends she sees cosmetic surgery as the solution: time to get a new nose.


Roudabouts that tell a town's stories

Many existing roundabouts have been replaced by sets of ugly traffic lights, forcing the once ubiquitous traffic circles--symbols of civilized motoring--into oblivion.


Glass bottle temple

The perimeter wall of Wat Charokpadang in Sik, Kedah, is decorated with designs made of glass bottles.


Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing

"It's devastating. I've been following them every day of my life for the last year," said Dedan Ngatia, a wild dog researcher in Kenya's central Laikipia region. "They're all dead."


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.


 

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