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Cheapest Ride To Space? $75,000 By Balloon

Looking for the cheapest way to get to space? This helium-powered balloon might be the ticket, and is already taking reservations for ‘space tourism.’<p>…

Infographic: The Chaos Of Outer Space Simplified Through Flat Animation

See how our solar system works–and how it all ends.<p>There are two tropes for science fair projects: baking soda volcanoes and styrofoam ball solar system mobiles. Consider the latter, and compare it with even most superficial knowledge we all retained from elementary school. Those planetary …

Morphing Table inFORM

<b>Morphing Table inFORM</b><p>Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.<p>Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:<p>Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo …

If China is using rotten fruit to make juice, there’s a chance you’re drinking it

Drinking and eating in China is a dangerous business—one that it occasionally exports. The government is now probing three leading Chinese fruit juice processors for buying rotten fruit on the cheap and mixing it in with ripe fruit, though there’s apparently no evidence so far that they have.<p>This …

Exports

Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1014000/1014468_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534411509_07378e81e013fd57d3906eb4ef6f4218<p><b>Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say.</b><p>They say two women …

China

The Uighurs, China's Embattled Muslim Minority, Are Still Seeking an Identity

Xinjiang's largest minority group still exists uneasily within the Chinese state—and there's little Beijing can do about it.<p>After we had gotten on familiar terms—I let them play on my laptop—I asked the girls when they started working as waitresses. “In July,” they said. It wasn’t surprising that …

The Strangers

In the winter of 2009, I was spending my weekends in the northeast Chinese city of Tangshan, and eating most of my food from the far-western province …

China

Hornet attacks kill dozens in China

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.<p>Victims described being chased for hundreds of metres by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.<p>Most of the attacks in the past three months were in …

In China, being retweeted 500 times can get you three years in prison

Details of a new law issued by China’s supreme court are bound to make loose talkers on Sina Weibo and other social media platforms think twice before speaking freely. The law says that any libelous posts or messages will be considered “severe” breaches of the law if they are visited or clicked on …

Social Media

Doctor ordered to demolish 'mountain' built atop penthouse apartment in Beijing

BEIJING – A doctor who spent six years and $130,000 transforming his penthouse apartment into a mountain retreat has been told to tear it down by officials who said the work was done without permission.<p>Zhang Biqing, who founded a chain of Chinese medicine clinics, bought the 26th-floor dwelling and …

Muslims receive death sentence as ethnic conflict grows in Xinjiang

A Chinese court has sentenced two Muslim men to death and jailed three more for their roles in clashes that left 21 dead in the north-western region of Xinjiang in April, state media has reported.<p>The case took place days after claims of fatal violence in another city in the restive region. …

China's Beijing airport hit in blast protest

<b>A man in a wheelchair with an apparent grievance has detonated a small device at Beijing International Airport.</b><p>The man, named by state media as Ji Zhongxing, 34, from central Shandong province, was injured and taken to hospital.<p>No-one else was hurt in the blast, which filled part of the Terminal 3 …

Airports

Tank man gets the HK rubber duck treatment: https://t.co/oh5cQpG17B Not sure this counts as netizens 1, censors 0.

RT @Wuyelaolaoshi: Beijing Spring '89 (c). Love and Hate meet at a bridge. http://t.co/7T85jpnLdS

A horrific factory fire in northeastern China shows just how badly industry needs reform

China’s workplace safety has improved significantly in the last few years, but it’s still got a long way to go, judging by a poultry slaughterhouse fire on Monday that killed at least 93 people near Dehui in northeastern Jilin province.<p>The Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry factory caught fire at about 6am, …

China's Tiananmen Mothers criticize Xi for lack of reforms

BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of families demanding justice for the victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has denounced new President Xi Jinping for failing to launch political reforms, saying he was taking China “backwards towards Maoist orthodoxy”.<p>Visitors sit on the ground to take a …

Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine

A map of Driru county in Nagchu (Naqu) prefecture in Tibet. RFA<p>As many as 5,000 Tibetans have protested against Chinese mining operations at a site …

Portraits of Uighurs, China's Embattled Muslim Minority

Photographer Eleanor Moseman shows the daily lives of a people native the Xinjiang region, whom the country's majority population tends to treat with suspicion.

Why Chinese moms love name-brand toys and American moms sew sock puppets

We hear all the time about how global millennials work, travel, date and shop, but we rarely hear about how they mother.<p>To reach this critical market, it’s worth examining the choices of Chinese and American customers in the demographic, born in late 1970s to the early 2000s. For example, China’s …

Jessica Alba

How half the rice in the Chinese city of Guangzhou was poisoned by pollution

The latest in China’s rolling cascade of food safety disasters comes from Guangzhou—the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, and one of China’s largest cities—where 44% of rice samples were found to contain poisonous levels of cadmium (link in Chinese). That rice was being served to …

Pollution

Why China Can Handle Social Unrest

Recent protests in Kunming reveal an increasing consciousness of environmental rights in the country. But do they threaten the Communist Party's grip on power?<p>The southwestern Chinese city of Kunming has a reputation for being one of China's sleepier provincial capitals, a place famous for its …

Law of large numbers: The growing gravity of Kunming's environmental protests

Kunming’s ongoing protest against the construction of a 10mn ton petroleum refinery 40km from the city center continues to gather attention in …

Why Americans Should Worry About China’s Food Safety Problems

<i>By Stanley Lubman</i><p>If a diner in the U.S. consumes a lunch of tilapia, mushrooms and spinach, there’s a decent chance the entire meal was imported from China. And the overwhelming odds are that none of those foods were inspected by the Food and Drug Administration when they arrived in the U.S.<p>This …

Chinese troops suffering post-traumatic stress disorder in Tibet

The battle to keep Tibetans under control is inflicting severe psychological damage on Chinese armed police, an internal training document has revealed.<p>The leaked 25-page training manual was given to members of the People's Armed Police charged with keeping order in Tibetan areas of Sichuan …

Tens of thousands protest against PX chemical plant in northern China | Jonathan Watts

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Dalian on Sunday to demand the relocation of a chemical plant that has been …

Kunming Protests Met with Heavy Police Presence

Thousands of protesters rallied in Kunming on Thursday to oppose the construction of an oil refinery operated by China National Petroleum Corp. …

Kunming pollution protest is tip of rising Chinese environmental activism

Environmental protests are becoming one of the biggest forms of social unrest in China. The latest protests took place on Thursday in the city of …

Unstoppable: Kunming's environmental protest movement takes a powerful turn

Kunming’s anti-PX protest movement broke through to new heights on Thursday as more than 2500 protesters took to the city’s downtown streets. The …

Fake-condom factory busted in Fujian - China

An underground workshop producing fake brand-name condoms was busted after police found clues on an online marketplace.<p>Two owners of the workshop and …

Prostitution Thriving In China: The Dark Underbelly of Economic Prosperity

Officially illegal since the 1949 Communist takeover, prostitution is nonetheless a widespread, mostly underground, industry in China.<p>Perhaps no …