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US Navy photo purportedly showing Chinese dredging vessels US demands China halt reclamations

The US calls for an "immediate halt" to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea, saying China is "out of step" with international rules.

Earth

Scientists discover the most powerful whale, and it turns out that size matters

The strongest whale in the world

Scientists discover the most powerful whale, and it turns out that size matters

Capital

The super-rich have problems you only wish you had.

Poor, poor billionaires

The super-rich have problems you only wish you had.

Autos

Nine military vehicles a civilian can buy – and one he can't

War machines for sale

Nine military vehicles a civilian can buy – and one he can't

Culture

From a spy spoof to Pixar’s latest

Eight films to watch in June

From a spy spoof to Pixar’s latest

Future

Secrets of multilingual “hyperglots”

How to learn 30 languages

Secrets of multilingual “hyperglots”

Travel

This tiny windowless plane is an adrenaline junkie's dream

'Gorgeous and instantly addictive'

This tiny windowless plane is an adrenaline junkie's dream

Pick of the week

BBQ

In search of the perfect barbecue

It is a problem that has taxed the finest minds for generations - what’s the best way to smoke meat? Veronique Greenwood meets a man with an intriguing new method.

bUsiness brain

Snacks

The heat is on: Brazil's snack wars

Brazil's botecos are casual bars where the beer is ice cold and the snacks are deep-fried - but these humble venues are the subject of scrutiny in a contest judging the best in Rio.

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Toshiba

From laptops to lettuce

Japanese giant Toshiba has expanded beyond computers with an indoor vegetable factory, where it's put technology to work to produce pest-free heads of lettuce.

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