“Falling Towers” Nears Completion

“Falling Towers” Nears Completion

The striking “Falling Towers” building in Beijing nears completion

With the Olympics only a few months away, the Chinese are determined to carve visual images into the minds of the rest of the world with their bold architecture, modern cities, and progressive lifestyle. The “Falling Towers” building is one building that has captured the imagination of the world. More pics after the jump.

 

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China Wants Your Inventions. (For Free.)

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China. Ahh. Proud hosts of the most divisive Olympic Games in 30 years, are now asking for some help cleaning up their toxic air quality.

Lacking the time, and usually the money, to put into research for new, green technologies from other developed nations, the ministry of technology has asked to “establish a mechanism of technological transfer” to China.

The theory being, that it would enable the next super-power to step down from its place as the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases.

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Penis Theft Panics African City

 Penis Theft Panics African City

A witch doctor’s office

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in local religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.

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NASA To Develop Nano-Satellites

NASA To Develop Nano-Satellites

NASA’s new nano-satellites – The Mini AERCam prototype is just 7.5 inches in diameter and weighs only 10 pounds

NASA announced today that it will team with m2mi to develop very small satellites, called nano-sats which weigh between 11 to 110lb, for the development of telecommunications and networking services in space.

NASA says large groups of nano-satellites can be grouped in a constellation, that will be placed in low Earth orbit to offer new telecommunications and networking systems and services.NASA and m2mi will develop what they call fifth generation telecommunications and networking systems for TCP/IP-based networks and related services.

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Controlling the Weather

NCAR’s Roelof Bruintjes (left) with Abdulla Al Mangoosh, director of UAE’s Department of Water Resources Studies.

NCAR’s Roelof Bruintjes (left) with Abdulla Al Mangoosh, director of UAE’s Department of Water Resources Studies.

Roelof Bruintjes dismisses the old saw that everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

The Boulder scientist has made it rain in Australia, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and Wyoming.

Even the Chinese asked Bruintjes — one of the world’s leading experts on weather modification — whether he could advise them on how to make it not rain for the Beijing Olympics.

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eSolar Announces Funding Boost For Scaleable, Pre-Fabricated Solar Plants

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eSolar has raised $130 million in funding for the deployment of its solar thermal power plants. The scaleable, pre-fabricated power plants are designed to cut construction costs and deliver renewable energy solutions tailored to the needs of particular communities.

Large scale solar utility projects can face significant construction costs in addition to requiring large parcels of land and expensive transmission line improvements to bring the power out of the deserts and into the cities. The modular nature of eSolar is designed to minimize costly civil construction and the use of heavy equipment, reducing project cost and deployment time.

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60% Of World’s Paintings Come From One Village In China

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A single village in China is responsible for cranking out 60% of the world’s paintings. The overwhelming majority of the paintings are slavish reproductions of famous paintings. The artists doing the work are very talented, however, and an organization called Regional asked some of the artists to paint themselves. The results are incredible.

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Thirst Aid – On-The-Fly Water Purification

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Liquid Life In A Bottle

The human body is surprisingly intolerant when you let hydration levels drop too far and you’d be surprised how quickly a disaster can rob you of what you take for granted. Flooding is a common phenomena, as are hurricanes, earthquakes, bushfires, war and throw in a few rarer pestolences and natural disasters like global pandemics and tsunamis, and sometimes it’s worth assessing what you might need when the world goes pear shaped.

The first thing you need is access to clean water – without it, you won’t last long in any environment. Floods can contaminate everything you have, including your water supply.

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