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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.


China's President Wants To Ban Weird Buildings -- And That's A Huge Mistake

From smog-chomping supercities to giant penis skyscrapers, China has built its reputation on wild and wacky structures of late. But in a public speech last week, China’s president made a promise to his country: “No more weird architecture.” No way! Here’s why we need to Keep China Weird.


Report: Chinese Authorities Are Now Targeting iCloud Users

Right on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch, Chinese authorities are now reportedly extending the Great Firewall to include iCloud services. That includes the iMessages, Contacts and Photos of any of its citizens that own an iPhone. In other words, China’s government could be tracking their every move.


Cool Video Illustrates How Much Shanghai Has Changed Over The Years

Video: Over the past thirty years, few cities have undergone the transformation that Shanghai has. It went from a vertically challenged city filled with greenery to mutant New York on speed and steroids. Claire and Max illustrate how much has changed by eliminating the current buildings from the skyline and then drawing them in and putting them back.


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