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Chinese Scientists Just Built the World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Tram (Video)


Last week, the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram rolled off the production line in Qingdao, a city on the eastern coast of China. The tram was designed by a team of local scientists and engineers and manufactured by the Sifang Company, a subsidiary of the China South Rail Corporation. According to Science Alert, “Its only emission is water – the temperature inside the fuel cell will be controlled to stop any nitrogen oxides from forming – so it’s doing zero damage to

3 Major European Countries Join China-Led Development Bank Despite U.S. Objections


On Tuesday (3/17), the countries of Germany, Italy and France announced their intentions to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The three countries decided to join the bank despite direct pleas from the Obama administration asking them not to. The United States views the new bank as a rival to the U.S.-led World Bank and International Monetary Fund. For the past 70 years, these institutions have been the two main options for countries in need of large developmental loans, making them extremely influential players in the world

Chinese Developer Builds 57-Story Skyscraper In Just 19 Days (Time-Lapse Video)


When imagining the timeline for constructing a skyscraper, most people probably think in terms of months or even years. But for the Chinese construction firm Broad Sustainable Building, that’s simply too long. BSB’s newest building, a 57-story tower in Changsha, China, was erected in a mind-blowingly fast 19 days – a rate of three stories per day! BSB Architect Xian Min Zhang released a promotional time-lapse video showing the construction of the J57 tower – check it out below! (The time-lapse itself begins

China Building Artificial Islands to Bolster Strategic Positions In South China Sea

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China is attempting to secure its territorial claims in the highly disputed South China Sea – by building islands in the region. In late January of this year, satellite images analyzed by IHS Jane’s, a defense intelligence provider, showed China rapidly creating five different islands in contested waters. U.S. officials say the islands are large enough for China to build airstrips in the remote archipelago, and have already observed a small port under construction in the area. On Thursday, newly acquired images provided the first visual evidence of

Birth Tourism: Why More and More Chinese Moms Are Coming to the U.S. to Give Birth

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Most people who are familiar with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution know it as the amendment that finally granted citizenship to former slaves (who were freed by the 13th Amendment in 1864). But this interpretation of the amendment is a bit oversimplified. In actuality, the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” At the time, the vast majority of people who fell into this group were recently freed slaves. But today, a different group is taking advantage

Chinese Firm Unveils “World’s Tallest 3D-Printed Building” (Video)

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The Shanghai-based construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering recently unveiled the latest example of their impressive 3D printing capabilities: a five-story apartment building believed to be the tallest 3D-printed building in the world. The printer’s “ink” is a mixture of recycled construction waste and cement, which reduces construction costs significantly. Last spring, WinSun showed off its printing capabilities by printing 10 one-room houses in just 24 hours. According to the firm, construction costs were only $4,800 per house. But the apartment building wasn’t the only

Apple’s $18 Billion In Profits Last Quarter Is the Most Ever Reported By A Public Company

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Apple investors celebrated on Tuesday afternoon, after the company announced that its earnings for last quarter had smashed Wall Street’s expectations. In the last three months of 2014, Apple raked in $74.6 billion of revenue, making approximately $18.04 billion in profits. The ridiculously lucrative quarter was the most profitable quarter ever reported by a public company. The previous record-holder was Russia’s state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom, which posted profits of $16.24 billion back in 2011. The massive profits were driven in large part

China Just Abolished Conviction Quotas, But Will It Lower Their 99.9% Conviction Rate?

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Last March, Zhou Qiang, head of China’s Supreme People’s Court, gave his annual report to the National People’s Congress (the legislative body of China’s government). Qiang told the Congress that out of the 1.16 million verdicts handed down in 2013, only 825 were acquittals – a 99.93% conviction rate. According to the Japan Times, “Abuses are widespread in China’s legal system, where police routinely coerce confessions. Rights groups say that Chinese courts are politically controlled and their rulings are often affected by government

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

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Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

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