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August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am

China to invest $16.3 B in electric cars

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Electric vehicles will yield big environmental improvements in China.

China is supposedly about to invest a hundred billion yuan (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today’s exchange rate) into electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, like public charging stations, according to “two people familiar with the matter”, says Bloomberg.

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Introducing the Library Vending Machine

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Library vending machine in China.

There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different reputations for serving their citizens. (Pics)

 

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July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am

China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

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Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission.

Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.

 

 

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July 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am

China expected to become a world leader in high speed rail while the U.S. stands by

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A maglev train at the Pudong International Airport.

High-speed rail (HSR) will connect not only cities, states and countries in the future, but also far-reaching continents. In about 15 to 20 years from now, one could travel seamlessly from London, UK to Beijing, China and even have a detour within the Gulf countries using the global high-speed rail network. In the next 15 years, while UK would have built its new HSR2 that covers 332 kilometers,  China will have completed over 25,631 kilometers of high speed track to seamlessly move people in its country.

 

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 9:43 am

Chinese scientists unveil new ‘bioweapon’ to battle stench of public restrooms

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Chinese scientists say they can turn even the most putrid public lavatory into a sweet-smelling sanctuary.

Entering a public restroom in China can be a horrifying experience. In smaller cities, or the countryside, the sight of an open trench filled with excrement, coupled with a suffocating stench of sulphur and ammonia, is often enough to send even the bravest tourist whimpering back to their hotel.

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July 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 am

China’s epidemic of overwork, workers are dying at their desks

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600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard.

After 26 years, Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. He was “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employer said this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up.

 

 

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June 25th, 2014 at 10:38 am

The Rise of the Plasticsmith in China

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Gangjian Cui’s “The Rise of the Plasticsmith” speculates China’s post-industrial future. Cui envisions the rise of a new breed of workers who will use plastic crafts to tell the history of the industrial age. (Photos and videos)

 

 

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June 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

The scooter that doubles as a suitcase

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He Liangcai rides his home-made suitcase scooter.

A Chinese private entrepreneur, He Liangcai, recently obtained a patent for a product that turns a regular suitcase into a rechargeable scooter. According to patent documents China Real Time viewed, accessed via China’s intellectual property database, the suitcase is also equipped with a GPS navigator, a burglar alarm and a horn.

 

 

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May 14th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Vietnam mobs burn factories in anti-China protest

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Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories.

This is an interesting turn. The one thing that the Chinese government cares about is their image, the China brand. They are super sensitive to criticism and push back, but how can you push back against spontaneous riots in other countries? And this outbreak had a double blow. The rioters attacked Taiwanese factories by mistake. This will tip the Taiwanese against unification with China, which China craves. In the past, the Chinese have rioted against Japanese products, and the Chinese government has used it to their political advantage. Now the situation is reversed. Will the riots spread to more cities and Asian countries? Will China back down to save it’s commercial reputation and foreign investments and markets?

 

 

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May 10th, 2014 at 8:04 am

China’s super maglev may be the future of train travel

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A super-maglev enclosed tube vehicle has been unveiled in China.

Thanks to their incredible speed and capacity, magnetic levitation trains, or maglev for short, have been a big hit in Asia. But a new development called super-maglev could be set to push the limits even higher.

 

 

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