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13 Of The Coolest Cars From New York and Beijing's Motor Shows

For prospective car buyers and automobile fans everywhere, motor shows are like Christmas. It’s where manufacturers show off their newest modelsm teasing us with exciting concepts which will never see the light of day. To save you from trawling through the numerous boring new arrivals, I’ve selected the most interesting new whips from New York and Beijing’s shows of the past week.


Monster Machines: Beijing's New Desalination Plant Will Give Water To The People

Beijing is one thirsty city. Its population of 22 million consumes barely 100 cubic metres of water per capita — one fifth the international water-shortage level — thanks to a chronic drought in the nation’s north. But this massive desalination plant could help supply a third of the city’s water singlehandedly.


China Offers Smog Insurance For Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China’s debilitating smog problem isn’t anything new at this point — at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travellers, China’s biggest online travel agency now offers smog insurance.


Scientists: Beijing's Air Pollution Is Like Being In Nuclear Winter

The alarmingly thick cloud of smog often found floating over China’s capital city is nothing new at this point. But as the situation continues to worsen, Chinese scientists are warning that the city’s toxic air pollution has become so dire that it now resembles a nuclear winter.


The Worst Air Pollution In The World Is Not In Beijing

Man, do we love talking at how much China’s air quality sucks — so much that we’ve even been suckered into fake viral memes about it. But, as the New York Times reports, Beijing’s air pollution isn’t even that bad… relatively speaking. “Lately, a very bad air day in Beijing is about an average one in New Delhi,” says the Times in an article about the Indian city’s smog.


Beijing Will Test This Giant Smog-Devouring Pollution Vacuum

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed everything from smart highways for the United Kingdom to a dance floor that generates electricity. But his latest project is the most off-the-wall yet: Roosegaarde plans to build and test a pollution-collecting system in smog-addled Beijing.


Modern-Day China Painted By North Korean Propaganda Artists

At first glance, The Beautiful Future — a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea — looks like standard propaganda fare: happy citizens, lush farmlands, and bustling industry. Except something’s amiss: In the background of each painting stands an iconic piece of Beijing architecture — from the CCTV building to the Olympic Water Cube.


This Amazing Chinese Mansion Is Abandoned Because It's Haunted

This expansive stone mansion — known Chaonei No. 81 — is an architectural anomaly in Beijing. Once a church, then a home, today the building stands out for its ornate Baroque style, yet it lies in decay. Why? Because it’s probably haunted, and no one wants to go near it.


Hutong Vs Highrise: A Photo Essay On China's Radical Urban Chrysalis

Beijing is one of the earliest still-existent cities planned around a grid: Its old city is organised around a chessboard-like grid of alleys, known as hutong, that date back at least a millenium. But, as developers in Beijing scramble to built modern towers in the urban core, hutong are disappearing.


Why The Sunset Looks The Same On Mars As It Does In Beijing

On the left is the sunset as seen from Mars. On the right is the same view from Beijing. Were it not for the latter’s urban setting, you might not be able to tell the difference. Crazy, right? Fortunately, science can explain why.