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IPO Gives Us a Look Inside Sina Weibo, a Company Struggling With Censorship

Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ last week. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Accomplished Economist Who Wants to Empower Whole Societies

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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The International Trade of Talent

Just because a net migration number is negative doesn’t mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn’t always indicate a dying place.

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Asia Watches as Taiwan’s Democracy Falters

Student protests in one of Asia’s most stable democracies are facing violent police crackdown. The effects could echo throughout the region.

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Peak Talent

Talent has replaced the depletion of natural resources as the world’s biggest crisis.

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Detroit, China

Chinese investors are buying up much of the bankrupt city’s real estate. What might this mean for the future of the country Detroit is often used to symbolize?

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Sleep, Snuggle, Socialize: In China, People Do Just About Everything in Ikea

What seems like appropriate behavior is a matter of cultural agreement.

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Rural China Is Dying

Everybody is leaving the farm for the city as China moves from an agricultural economy to an industrial one.

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From Hu’s the Boss to Xi’s in Charge: A First Season Recap of China’s Still-New Leader

A year after the arrival of China’s new president on the world stage, it’s time to ask if he’s achieving his twin goals of being the new Deng Xiaoping and not the new Mikhail Gorbachev.

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China’s Pittsburgh Moment

Pittsburgh peaked as an industrial powerhouse in 1910, but now it’s part of the same job creation conversation as the cities comprising the Texas Triangle. As it shifts to a consumption-based economy, China looks poised to enjoy a similar turnaround.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014