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Megacities Are Growing So Fast We Need Satellites To Study Them

It’s difficult to track the growth of cities across multiple countries in a consistent way — especially considering tools like satellite imagery have only been around for a few decades. But this week the World Bank Group released the results of an unprecedented, decade-long analysis of one of the world’s most interesting boom regions: East Asia.


Why Does Smoke Cover So Much Of South-East Asia?

A haze has periodically wafted over South-East Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.


4 Ideas To Fix Beijing's Smog Airpocalypse, And One That Will Work 

The worst smog of the year so far swept into Beijing this week, coating the city in a grainy, deep grey murk on par with what the city endured in 2013, pictured above (though you’ll see it’s popping up again today). China is trying, hard, to get its air quality problem under control, and is considering some seriously wacky ways to do it. Unfortunately, the only one that will work is also the most difficult.


Monster Machines: Say Hello To China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defence against frickin’ lasers, China’s newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four times the speed of sound.


The New Cold War, And Australia's Role In It

Remember the Cold War? We basically spent half a century on the precipice of worldwide nuclear annihilation. Well, like it or not, the Cold War is back. In fact, it never really ended.


First Photo Of The Fully Operative Chinese Rivals To The US Navy F-18

The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark — the first Chinese carrier-based fighter that is designed to match and even surpass the American F/A-18E/F Super Hornet — is no longer a test prototype. This photo shows fully operative serial units on the deck of the Liaoning, People’s Liberation Army Navy’s aircraft carrier.


Because You've Always Wanted A Selfie Flash For Your Phone

Lenovo owns Motorola now, and that means the Chinese electronics company could have a real impact on smartphone culture in the United States. So what’s the next big thing from China? How about the selfie flash?


Wall.e Restaurant Staffed With Robots Opens In China

Yet another new restaurant with robot servers has opened in China. And the owners seem determined to test Disney’s patience with intellectual property laws. Why? The name of the restaurant is apparently Wall.e — just like the cute little robot worker from the 2008 Pixar film.


The Secret Afterlife Of Recycled Christmas Lights 

A single strand of broken lights is nearly worthless, but 20 million pounds of broken lights is a valuable commodity. Welcome to the Christmas tree light recycling capital of the world, also known a Shijao, China.


China's Laser-Guided Grenade Launchers Are Deadly From Half A Mile

Not to be outdone by their their American counterparts’ M203 grenade launchers with fancy new SAGM rounds, China’s People’s Liberation Army has been hard at work ripping off the design developing an under-barrel grenade launcher with similar laser-guided capabilities. There’s nowhere to run (or hide) once you’re in these sights.