A visitor stands near the Shenzhou 5 re-entry capsule that was used in China's first human spaceflight mission, and the space suit worn by crew member Yang Liwei at an exhibition in Beijing on July 6.
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Pint-sized would-be astronauts in a miniature simulated rocket launch center, at a brand new space education center for kids in southern Beijing.
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As the U.S. winds up its space shuttle program, Beijing is shooting for the moon.
Chairman Mao once said China would never be a great nation if it couldn't even shoot a potato into space. But in 2003, it became only the third country to send a man into orbit, and since then it's launched five more astronauts — or "taikonauts" as they've been christened here, showing how China's even trying to leave its own mark on space vocabulary.
Care for a prune juice cocktail? That's one of the jokes in the seniors' production.
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Trust us on this one, if you have a few minutes you're going to enjoy watching the Clark Retirement Community LipDub video that's been posted online by students at Michigan's Grand Valley State University.
It may be, as the school says, "the nation's first LipDub performed solely by residents of a retirement community." Here's how Grand Valley describes the video:
Maria Kari is a freelance writer and journalist currently based in Vancouver, BC.
"Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma," asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumors to the contrary, the Oxford comma is not dead.
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about balancing the budget.
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Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.
Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."
It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.
A man kisses his bride during a mass wedding in Jakarta, Indonesia in April.
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Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.
Polygamy has become passe — at least for young people in Indonesia and Malaysia.
86.5 percent of Indonesians between the ages of 15 and 25, and 72.7 percent of young Malaysians, disagree with the practice, according to a new survey. Of course, in and of itself that isn't earth-shattering news, but given that the countries are overwhelmingly Muslim and generally quite conservative, the number is interesting.