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In Laos, the Lady and the Jars – NYTimes.com

STUFFED with passengers and piled high with luggage, our minivan careened down a twisting mountain road, descending across northern Laos. The spot where I got carsick, I later learned, was precisely where the unfinished French colonial road had reached its westernmost end in 1932. That year, an archaeologist named Madeleine …

‘Asian unicorn’ at risk of extinction from poaching, WWF warns | Environment | guardian.co.uk

On the 20th anniversary of the saola’s discovery, conservationists say the population of the reclusive species has dropped dramatically Poaching in Vietnam and Laos may be driving the “Asian unicorn” to extinction, warns the WWF on the twentieth anniversary of its discovery. The saola is an antelope-like reclusive species that …

Watercooler Stories – June 7, 2012 – UPI.com

Billionaire selling private island SEATTLE, June 7 (UPI) — A Seattle billionaire who purchased the world’s most expensive car for $35 million is now attempting to sell his private Canadian island for $75 million. Craig McCaw, who sold his company, McCaw Cellular, to AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1993 and …

Rio closes its massive Jardim Gramacho dump

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One of the world’s largest open-air landfills, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people have made a living sorting through the debris by hand, will close this weekend after 34 years in malodorous service. Long a symbol of ill-conceived urban planning and …

Ancient language discovered on clay tablets found amid ruins of 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace – Archaeology – Science – The Independent

Archaeologists have discovered evidence for a previously unknown ancient language – buried in the ruins of a 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace. The discovery is important because it may help reveal the ethnic and cultural origins of some of history’s first ‘barbarians’ – mountain tribes which had, in previous …