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🔍 Filipino engineer wins Dyson Award for smartphone keychain microscope.

Jeremy De Leon, a Filipino engineer, earned the James Dyson Award for his 'Make-roscope,' a keychain microscope designed for smartphone attachment. 

The innovative device, amplifying objects by up to 400 times, offers anyone a portable tool to explore the micro world around them, from examining water quality to capturing detailed close-ups in nature photography. 

De Leon's win, fetching a prize of 330,000 pesos (about $5,818), underscores a trend toward accessible, practical tech that could redefine how everyday individuals engage with science and the environment. 

Given its potential applications, the invention is also set to compete on the global stage.

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📰 Headlines

Jeremy Lin announcement: Jeremy Lin will join the New Taipei Kings in Taiwan, teaming up with his brother Joseph. After considering retirement due to a head injury, Lin's return — especially alongside his sibling — has fans eagerly awaiting the next season.

Japan’s insane average life expectancy: Japan now boasts a record 92,139 individuals aged 100 or older, known as centenarians. Women represent 88.5% of this count. This increase marks the 53rd consecutive year of growth in this age group. Among them, Fusa Tatsumi from Osaka stands out at 116 years old. Due to advancements in healthcare, by 2022, the average Japanese woman had a life expectancy of 87.09 years, while men averaged 81.05 years.

Japanese referee makes history: Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan will be one of the first women to referee at the men's Asian Cup in Qatar next year. The Asian Football Confederation's selection of female referees is a nod toward greater gender inclusivity in sports. Previously, Yamashita broke barriers by officiating at the men's World Cup. The Asian Cup, originally slated for China, was relocated to Qatar because of COVID-19.

Pokémon news: The Pokémon Company and Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum are teaming up. A teaser features Pikachu and Eevee in scenes reminiscent of Van Gogh's style, with Sunflora portrayed as a Van Gogh artwork. Details of the collaboration, speculated to be an art exhibit, will be announced Sept. 28. The partnership echoes Pokémon's previous art collaborations, such as one with Tokyo's Metropolitan Art Museum.

Korean “Flower Monk”: South Korea's Hwaeomsa temple's night tour sold out quickly, largely because of a tea session with the temple's well-known monk, Venerable Beomjeong, or “Flower Monk.” With more than 27,000 Instagram followers, Beomjeong's nickname reflects a cultural term for a man with refined features. His rising popularity supports Hwaeomsa's push to engage younger audiences.

Takashi Mursakami comes to SF: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami debuts his solo exhibition, “Takashi Murakami: Unfamiliar People—Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego,” at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum today. The five-year project includes more than 75 monster-themed artworks. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories and modern digital influences, Murakami's exhibit runs through Feb. 12, 2024, and bridges traditional and modern art.

Stolen artifacts returned to Cambodia: The family of the late U.S. billionaire George Lindemann is returning 33 stolen Khmer antiquities to Cambodia, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. The artifacts, valued at around $20 million, include significant pieces from historic sites like Angkor Wat. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said the return supports a memorandum between the U.S. and Cambodia. The discovery of these relics in photos of a San Francisco mansion sparked the repatriation effort. Cambodia's Ministry of Culture lauded the move.

Burglar pleads guilty for targeting Asian American businesses: James Hurt, 47, of New York, pleaded guilty to a multi-state burglary scheme specifically targeting Asian American business owners' residences in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger confirmed Hurt's plea for conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property. Between December 2016 and March 2019, Hurt and seven others stole significant cash, jewelry and valuables, transporting them across state lines. Authorities traced the group following a dropped cell phone, leading to charges in May 2021. Hurt faces up to five years in prison and a potential $250,000 fine. His sentencing is slated for Feb. 20, 2024.

📋 Incidents

$35 million in designer knock-offs seized in NYC Chinatown: The New York Police Department confiscated $35 million worth of counterfeit luxury bags and other goods in Lower Manhattan's Chinatown on Wednesday, following numerous community complaints. The operation resulted in the arrest of 18 individuals, most of whom face trademark counterfeiting charges. The raid covered areas from Canal Street to Broadway and from Walker Street to Howard Street. Police have pledged continued vigilance in the area to deter further illegal sales.

Smoke shop worker attacked in LA Chinatown: An elderly worker at Angie's Boutique in Los Angeles' Chinatown, Van Huynh, was hospitalized following a violent robbery caught on surveillance video. The footage reveals a man knocking Huynh to the floor, then making off with goods valued at $5,000. When Huynh attempted to intervene, she was punched in the face, suffering significant injuries. John Nguyen, the store's owner, believes the assailant had visited the shop a day prior. Nguyen is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police are currently searching for two suspects linked to the incident.

Jumper at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental hotel identified as Filipino American teen: The individual who jumped from New York City's Mandarin Oriental hotel last month has been identified as Noah Legaspi, 17, an aspiring fashion designer from New Jersey. The incident took place on Aug. 17 when the high school senior traveled from New Jersey to the hotel and leapt from the 21st floor. Authorities confirmed his identity on Aug. 21. The Legaspi family acknowledged his passing and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support in a Facebook post. Family members believe the teenager struggled with a recent breakup, and they emphasized it was nobody's fault.

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Most read this week:

  1. Silicon Valley tech guru Andrew Chen marries former Miss Ireland in Utah desert

  2. Japanese man who spent $16K to become a ‘dog’ says he wants to become a movie star

  3. Watch: Filipino fisherman stuns ‘AGT’ judges with ‘I Will Always Love You’ performance

  4. Popular Korean webtoon ‘Get Schooled’ gets called out for ‘racist’ plotline

  5. Probe launched after Seattle cop laughed over woman’s death, said she had ‘limited value.


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