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Why So Many Countries Are Building Airstrips On These Remote Islands

The Spratly islands are not a natural spot for a layover. They are isolated — tiny, shallow islands spread out over a huge chunk of the South China Sea. So why are so many nations rushing to construct airline runways and other infrastructure there?


Watch This: Inside China's Prolific Technology Manufacturing Region

The bulk of the world’s gadgets are built in the Pearl River Delta region of China. There, cheap labour, mountains of electronic components and high finance co-exist — if a little awkwardly — to provide a haven for engineers and entrepreneurs. This video takes a peek inside what that’s like.


Chinese Police Shut Down A Huge Counterfeit iPhone Factory

A police raid in Beijing has shut down a large counterfeit iPhone factory that had produced over 41,000 handsets, reported to be worth $26 million.


China Is Turning Beijing Into A Megacity Six Times The Size Of NYC

China is already home to some of the most quickly growing megacities in the world. Now there’s a plan to officially merge several megacities around Beijing into one super-megacity that will house the equivalent of a third of the US population in an area that’s almost the geographical size of Victoria, Australia.


The Foundation Of The World's Next Tallest Building Is Just A Lake Now

Can the world’s tallest building be built in 90 days? It’s been two years since we asked that question, and as a report from a local Chinese paper illustrates today, the answer is an unequivocal no — at least not when the government thinks the plan is dangerous.


Why The OPM Hack Will Be A National Security Threat For Decades To Come

Over 22 million people had their personal information hijacked in a cyberattack on the US Office of Personnel Management. The attack is over, but its threat will literally last lifetimes.


The Jetpack Makes Its Debut In China

Professional daredevil Nick Macomber made history over the weekend, conducting the first successful jetpack flight ever in China. But don’t get your hopes up about taking one of these things to work anytime soon.


4 Droughts Happening Right Now That Are Worse Than California's

California and the American West are not the only places suffering from drought — in fact, there are several places in the world right now where overtaxed aquifers, severe pollution, and lack of rainfall are creating extreme water insecurity for residents. In some places, water is so scarce that municipal supplies are being rationed or shut off completely.


China Says Its Artificial Island Project Will Be Done In A Few Days

It’s been more than a year since we first started following China’s project to build artificial islands in contested areas of the South China Sea, setting off what could properly be called a diplomatic shit storm. Today, China reassured the world that it’s almost done, alright?


AP: Hackers Stole Documents About Spies Taking Drugs And Going Bankrupt

This is a bad week to be a federal employee, and it just got worse. The AP is reporting a second brutal cyberattack on the US federal government, carried out by the same hackers who reportedly accessed the records of every single federal employee. This second hack focused on grabbing extremely personal dossiers from intelligence and military personnel.


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