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The Nepal Earthquake Was So Powerful That It Actually Shifted Mount Everest

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On April 25, an extremely violent magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, claiming the lives of more than 8,000 people. The quake was so strong that it shifted Mount Everest — the highest peak in the world — by roughly 3 centimeters (roughly 1.2 inches). It did not, however, affect the height of the mountain, which still stands at 29,029 feet (8,848m). The findings were revealed on Monday (6/16) by officials from China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG). According to Chinese state media, the

The New Apollo Program: Raising $150 Billion to Make Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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On May 25, 1961, in front of a special joint Congress in Washington, President John F. Kennedy announced the daring and ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” Kennedy said. “No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the

Chinese Construction Workers Just Stumbled Upon Dozens of Dinosaur Eggs

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The city of Heyuan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has quite the collection of dinosaur eggs. Dubbed the “Home of Dinosaurs,” Heyuan earned a Guinness World Record in 2004 for having the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs. That collection just got a bit larger, after construction workers doing road repairs stumbled upon a cache of 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs on Sunday. The eggs were discovered right in the heart of downtown Heyuan. According to Huang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Heyuan

Chinese Firm Breaks World Record, Selling 2 Million Cell Phones in 12 Hours


Xiaomi is the biggest mobile phone company that you’ve probably never heard. In just five years, the Beijing-based company has become one of the world’s most popular cell phone brands, rivaling giants like Apple and Samsung. Earlier this week, Xiaomi set yet another milestone by breaking the world record for most mobile phones sold through a single online platform in a day. During its “Mi Fan Fest” promotion, Xiaomi sold a staggering 2.1 million phones from its website in a period of just

U.S. Factory Workers Make 76 Times More Per Hour Than Workers In Indonesia

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Indonesia has enjoyed an extended period of economic growth for the past decade and a half, with GDP rising more than 800% between 1998 and 2013. The country’s industrial sector has been the main driver behind this growth. Despite being hit hard by the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998, manufacturing still brings in more foreign direct investment than any other sub-sector of the Indonesian economy. When you examine the extraordinarily low wages of Indonesian factory workers, you begin to understand why. Currently, the

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

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