climate
At Least 22 Dead, More Than a Million Reported Displaced as Typhoon Lekima Makes Landfall in Eastern China

At least 22 deaths have been reported, and more than a million have been forced to leave their homes after Typhoon Lekima smashed into China near Wenling in southeastern Zhejiang province, between Taiwan and Shanghai, the BBC reported on Saturday. Read More >>

uber
Uber Is Reportedly Going to Sell Its Southeast Asian Division to Competitor Grab

Sources say Uber is considering bailing on its Southeast Asia division, with plans to sell it to regional competitor Grab, CNBC reported on Friday. Read More >>

news
Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Partially Collapses Hotel

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan yesterday, causing damage and a partially collapsed hotel building, sources report. Read More >>

science
Scientists Think They Know Why the Caspian Sea is Shrinking

The Caspian Sea is about as strange as a body of water gets. Its surface still sits 27.5 meters (90 feet) below sea level, and water doesn’t flow out of it—it’s isolated from the oceans, and relies on a series of Asian rivers to maintain its levels. Read More >>

environment
Study Finds E-Waste in Asia Has Increased at a Staggering Pace

According to a new report from the United Nations University, higher incomes and more affordable prices have lead to an enormous jump in the levels of electronic goods being dumped in Asia. A five-year study found an average increase of 63% in e-waste across 12 countries. Read More >>

animals
Treasure Trove of Newly Discovered Species Includes a Newt That Looks Like a Klingon (Ish)

Biologists working in the Greater Mekong area have identified a staggering 163 new species, including a horned lizard, a rainbow-headed snake dubbed “Ziggy Stardust,” and a newt that looks like a Klingon from Star Trek. Sort of. Read More >>

science
The Secret to Stopping Foodborne Illness Might Be Lasers

Researchers have developed a laser that spots illness-inducing bacteria before it makes you sick. Read More >>

japan
Fukushima Farmers are Using Soil Made From Polyester

It’s been five years since Japan’s Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima — and some consumers are still wary of produce grown in the region. That’s why some farmers aren’t growing plants in soil that might be contaminated and are growing plants in polyester instead. Read More >>

japan
Japan is Down to One Nuclear Power Plant

Japan has closed one of its two remaining operational nuclear plants. The shutdown comes just days before the fifth anniversary of a catastrophic earthquake that triggered a tsunami and the biggest nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl. Read More >>

science
Recent Drought in Eastern Mediterranean Was the Worst in 900 Years

A new NASA study found that a drought that ended in 2012 was the worst in nearly a millennium for a huge swath of the planet. Read More >>

china
China’s Ban on ‘Weird’ Architecture is a Damn Shame

China’s become known for some of the zaniest, prettiest, most daring architecture of the 21st century. Sadly, that’s all coming to a halt, as the government is now banning any new buildings that are dubbed “oversized”, “xenocentric”, or “weird”. Read More >>

china
Beijing Blames Uber for its Obscene Traffic Problem

Beijing faces overcrowded roads and pollution that are constantly getting worse. Why? According to city officials, it’s because of ride-sharing services, including Uber. Read More >>

japan
Fukushima Reactor Debris Stands No Chance Against Toshiba’s Slicing, Dicing Robot

It’s already been almost five years since the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the inspection and clean-up is going to last decades. Our best weapon? Amazing robots, like this one Toshiba announced on Monday. Read More >>