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Insects have been eaten throughout Asia for thousands of years. Now, environmentalists are hoping that entomophagy goes global.
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Travel Mongolia: Traditional Customs

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Azerbaijan is known as “The Land of Fire”, and aptly so. When Marco Polo visited the then-Persian city of Baku, he wrote about numerous...

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China’s Attempt at Mitigating Plastic Waste

Text: Sitaraah Joshi Imagine looking over an endless sea of overcrowded, cluttered waste. Such is the plight of the heaps of rubbish that have been...

India’s Superlative Banyan Trees

Asia is a land of superlatives – the largest countries, the most populous nations, the highest mountains, and the lowest regions. It’s a much...

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