Michael Allen Christenson II

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From Living Inside Asteroids to Solar Arks, a Scientist Designs the Space Colonies of the Future

The next several decades are likely to be revolutionary in humanity’s relationship with space. Instead of just the select few astronauts, a much …

Zhou Youguang, linguist who developed modern China's Pinyin Romanized writing system, dies at 111

Zhou Youguang, a linguist considered the father of modern China's Pinyin Romanization writing system, died Saturday at the age of 111.<p>Born in 1906 during China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, Zhou died at his home in Beijing one day after celebrating his birthday, according to state broadcaster …

Beijing: The city where you can't escape smog

<b>China's capital is notorious for its chronic pollution. Even indoors it's a struggle to find clean air, says John Sudworth.</b><p>Having already taped most of my windows shut, I have now started on the air conditioning vents. The aim is simple - to close off every access point through which the toxic …

Pollution

Intel's credit card-sized 'Compute Card' makes old devices feel new again

It’s not much to look at, but Intel’s ‘Compute Card’ could revolutionize consumer technology by making your old — but still functional — tech feel ‘new’ again.<p>What is it?<p>The Compute Card is essentially a full computer — SoC, memory, storage, various input/output options, and wireless connectivity. …

Life Inside A Shenzhen Hardware Accelerator

China has a city built to help people make things. And startup founders from around the world are flocking to it.<p>Late in 2015, Bronx native Nisan Lerea and a friend toiled away in Lerea’s parents’ basement on a waterjet cutter, an effort that began as a senior thesis project at the University of …

Lenovo's VR headset is cheaper and more comfortable than Rift and Vive

Lenovo is one of the OEM partners teaming with Microsoft to bring affordable, PC-based VR to the masses in 2017 on Redmond's Windows Holographic …

How To Find Chinese Manufacturers If You Don't Know Anyone In China

A client recently had me source a new Chinese supply chain for injection-molded plastics. In this series I’ll explain how we were able to go from having no contacts in China to successfully receiving quotes from several injection-mold manufacturers. There are many steps to building a supply chain …

The Most Ingenious VR Controller Of The Year Is A Printed Piece Of Paper

It’s a promising proof of concept, even if the product could use a lot more polish.<p>I’m aiming a gun at balloons floating through a room. Zap. Zap. Zap. Pop. Pop. Pop. My head is stuck in a VR headset, but my hands aren’t using a video game controller, or even one of those fancy motion remotes from …

A Guide to Cultivating A Career on Game Design

We live in a world where brands surround us. We recognize companies through their logo designs rather than their service or products. Our philosophy …

Graphic Design

What are some concepts/algorithms/data structures that every computer science student should know?

You should be aware of a few basic <i>techniques</i> that occur over and over again in many algorithms:<p>Brute Force<br>• Divide and Conquer<br>• Greedy Programming<br>• Dynamic …

Should games firms welcome or fear Chinese conquest?

<b>The Chinese are coming and they're hungry for games companies.</b><p>They need new content to feed their 560 million avid gamers, who contribute to the biggest gaming market in the world - worth an estimated $24.4bn (£19.8bn) in 2016, according to Newzoo.<p>And this market is growing at around 15% a …

Mobile Gaming

You Don't Need To Work At A Startup To Be An Entrepreneur

Have you been feeling an entrepreneurial spirit bubbling up from inside? Did you know that you don’t need to start your own company to be an entrepreneur? You can also be an entrepreneur while working for a large corporation. The only catch: It sometimes requires a few additional …

Data Mining the 2016 Presidential Campaign Finance Data

So you just got yourself a brand new dataset.<p>Now what? <br>How do you prepare a dataset for machine learning? <br>Where do you even begin?<p>This post is an …

Oculus Connect Promises a New Era for VR

This year’s Oculus Connect brought us some really big news for the rising VR industry. Over two hours long keynote session with key executives from …

Virtual Reality

Should We Edit Our Genes to Make Humans More Space Friendly?

While we're at it, can I have superpowers?<p>Colonizing Mars is an honorable goal, one that's getting the attention of the most brilliant minds humanity has to offer. But there is one problem, our bodies aren't really up to the task.<p>Whether its radiation, our annoying tendency to need oxygen, or tons …

Microsoft's HoloLens Mixed Reality Headset Gets A Lift In New York

At $3,000 apiece and with availability currently restricted to the U.S. and Canada business to business market, Microsoft’s HoloLens 3D mixed reality headset has suffered from an image problem that has seen it put in the shade by Facebook-owned rival Oculus Rift.<p>Despite this, the company is …

Augmented Reality

Self-Driving Vehicles Hit the Factory Floor

When industry observers reference “smart manufacturing,” Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it is often related to connecting …

HugeDomains.com - Squidot.com is for sale (Squidot)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Silk Road Bond to meet financing needs of countries on Belt and Road routes: expert - Business

HONG KONG - Issuing Silk Road Bond (SRB) will be an internationally recognized funding method to bring benefits to countries along the Belt and Road …

China, Denmark launch incubator to help start-ups, boost investment - Business

COPENHAGEN - A business incubator, jointly invested by Chinese and Danish entities, was opened here on Wednesday to help ease the way for Chinese …

Six policy signals China sent at G20 Summit[1]

The Robots Are Coming for Investment Bankers, Not Just Truck Drivers

<i>The whole process had taken just a few minutes. Generating a similar query without automation, he said, ‘‘would have taken days, probably 40</i> …

A generation left behind: Millions of Chinese children abandoned as parents seek work

Around 61 million children are left behind in China's rural villages and towns while their parents work in the big cities.<p>Li Yikui is a 13-year-old …

Giving Chinese tourists a glimpse of Singapore through virtual reality

At Sohu Travel's sole China office in Hangzhou, near Shanghai, customers who want a glimpse of what Singapore has to offer can temporarily be …

Liu Heguo Becomes China's Latest Online Game Billionaire

Liu Heguo, the chairman of Shenzhen Bingchuan Network, has joined the growing ranks of billionaires spawned from China’s online and mobile game industry.<p>Liu, 43, made it after Bingchuan’s shares on Friday closed by their 10% daily limit again at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, ending at 152.12 yuan. …

London Lord Mayor upbeat about China's role in global growth, urges UK-China cooperation - Business

LONDON - The Lord Mayor of the city of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, said the G20 summit held in Hangzhou is very important, and that he expects China …

Banks urged to tighten security as hacks continue

The global banking system is (still) under attack.<p>SWIFT, the messaging network that connects the world's banks, says it has identified new hacks targeting its members, and it is warning them to beef up security in the face of "ongoing attacks." It did not name the banks affected.<p>The warning follows …

Indian manufacturing growth at 13-month high in August

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian factory activity expanded at its fastest pace since mid-2015 in August, helped by surging new orders, while only modest price increases should give the central bank scope to ease policy further, a survey showed.<p>A worker grinds a metal gate inside a household furniture …

China Is About to Get Serious With Bad Debt

China’s banks, which dialed down fundraising efforts this year even as bad debts swelled, are making up for lost time.<p>Both lenders and the companies …