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Pollution Over Beijing

Cloudy skies over Beijing? Actually, no – the gray haze you see above is pollution. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the patch of winter haze over the mega cities of Beijing and Tianjin on January 10, [...]

China Turns Old Soviet Aircraft Carrier into a Luxury Hotel

Launched in 1972, the Kiev was once the pride of the Soviet Navy. But in need of cash, Russia and Ukraine sold it and another carrier called the Varyag to China. Although the Varyag is at sea, China has converted the Kiev into a luxury hotel: This is the Kiev, currently anchored in the Chinese port [...]

China Unveils the Fastest Computer in the World

The Tianhe-1A, which is at the National University of Defence Technology in Tianjin, is the fastest computer in the world: According to Nvidia, a technology company that supplied parts for the Chinese computer, the Tianhe-1A was clocked at 2.507 petaflops, or more than two quadrillion calculations per second. It has the power of 175,000 high-end laptops.[...] Until [...]

Female Assassins and their Intended Victims

Equality is something that women (and their supporters) have striven for over centuries of male dominated history. Every now and again, though, the fairer sex let the side down. There is a lamentably short list of female assassins in the annals of history and – more often than not – they fail to kill their [...]