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This Rickety Bridge Between Two High-Rises In China Can't Be Legal 

We’ve seen some pretty incredible ad hoc architecture on China’s high-rises — this alpine rooftop mansion should jog your memory — but we may now have a challenger for craziest illegal addition: A bridge built between two different apartment buildings built by and for a lone resident.


Tracking A Gadget's Journey From The Mine To Beneath The Christmas Tree

Imagine you’re in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tonnes of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy — a galaxy of cities, systems and people that is largely unacknowledged and rarely seen. Unless you know where to look.


This Is Now The Longest Train Journey In The World

21 days. That’s the time it will take to complete the largest train journey in the world. 9977 kilometres that go from Yiwu, China, to Madrid, Spain. It’s also part of the New Silk Road, a Chinese project to gain control over transcontinental cargo transportation between Asia and Europe.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!


365 Days Of Beijing Pollution In One Megamosaic

Beijing is a great city, especially if you want to develop lung cancer thanks to the overwhelming pollution that shrouds the city most days of the year. This mosaic made by resident Zou Yi during a year of photos from the same window is even more powerful than the usual pictures we are used to.


A Cool Image Of The Moon Orbiting Earth Taken From Outer Space

Briefly: I can’t have enough of these shots of the moon and the Earth taken by the Chang’e 5 spacecraft. Here’s the opposite side of the amazing image of Earth taken outside lunar orbit. You can see Africa, the Arabian peninsula on the left, and Australia entering the night on the right.


China Says It Has A Laser Gun For Blasting Drones Out Of The Sky

Unlicensed drones spying on China better watch out because the People’s Republic reportedly has a super terrifying laser weapon designed to blast small aircraft out of the sky.


How China Is Making Tiny Islands Inhabitable With Huge Floating Docks

The Spratly Islands are basically mounds of sand in the middle of the South China Sea, some of them barely tall enough to reach above the water. But China is hell-bent on making them inhabitable, even drawing up plans for floating energy and water plants. It has nothing to do with the islands themselves and everything to do with the water around it.


Report: The White House Hacked By Russians

The Washington Post reports that computers at the White House were hacked recently by people possibly working for the Russian government. The NSA and FBI are investigating the attack, which we only found out about thanks to information from an “ally”.


China Scrambled 1226 Troops To Stop A Single Drone

When an unauthorised flight passed near Beijing airport yesterday, China scrambled 1226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters to stop it. Turns out, it was a single mapping drone.