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Jordan Signs Nuclear Protocol with China

November 26, 2008 / No Comments

Nuclear energy is not all that bad if you know how to tap into its vast potential in a proper fashion and if you can find the right way to dispose off the toxic waste. Even though it is not the ideal alternate energy source, it still is in a certain sense far better than fossil fuel. Jordan is one of ...

When Mother Nature Gets Really Mad

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

If the Earth had a personality of its own, if Mother Nature were a real entity ... we would be able to see the results of when she gets mad. Really really mad! The Dasongshu Village of Xishelu Township in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province was cut in half by a landslide. From the pics I can ...

Smuggled Ivory Ends Up in China

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

GP gets mad at what happens to our biggest land friend, the elephant. We certainly don't like seeing the giants exploited on eBay. Back in July, China got the okay to import ivory of endangered elephants, but sure enough, products and sculptures made of smuggled ivory have found their way into China. On Nov. 5, 2008 smuggled ivory sculptures were ...

It’s Raining Rose Petals

November 10, 2008 / No Comments

To be sure, if it's raining rose petals, there's got to be a party going on, people getting married or falling love. But, no matter, the flowers aren't going to be happy. There's a hotel in Dalian, China that is doing its part to be as unfriendly to the prettier side of our environment by allowing its hotel to be ...

Coal Efficiency to Get Boost in China

November 6, 2008 / No Comments

China does a pretty lousy job of getting the most from its coal. The country uses about 3.3 tons of raw material to produce one ton of coal while at the same time the U.S. uses about 1.25 tons to get the same result. Other countries that get about an 80% return are Australia, Germany and Canada. The "Red Panda" is ...

Dizzy Depths: Climbers Explore One of the World’s Deepest Shafts in Tian Xing, China

October 31, 2008 / 2 Comments

It seems that after finding the highest spot on the planet - that's Mount Everest, man is now obsessed about looking inside the crust and what actually lies under his feet. Deep shafts, natural mines and underground series of caverns and caves are not a cup of tea for everyone, places where even the most experienced climbers and adventure sports ...

Origami-inspired Foldable Bamboo Houses by Ming Tang

October 27, 2008 / No Comments

Ming Tang came up with this brilliant idea of constructing these varied origami-inspired foldable bamboo houses after China had been struck by a severe earthquake of 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, last May killing 69,000 people. After hearing that the Chinese government is planning to invest to build some 1.5 million temporary homes for the least fortunate, Ming Tang decided ...

World’s Largest Halloween Pumpkin, Grown in Intelligent Greenhouse

October 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

It seems there is an intelligent greenhouse (as opposed to a stupid one, I reckon) in Tianjin, China. The greenhouse is built to show off new agricultural technologies like soilless culture and drip irrigation. [caption id="attachment_2134" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Huge pumpkin growing in an intelligent greenhouse in Tianjin"][/caption] The greenhouse is meant to be a model of modern sightseeing agriculture. It grows huge ...

London Taxis Electrified by Geely Automobiles of China

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

The Chinese car maker Geely Automobiles which is a partner of the black London taxi maker Manganese Bronze has been negotiating plans with the UK government to transform the London cabs into electric cars. Chairman Li Shufu elaborates that he has had talks with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the Beijing Olympic Games - this August, and that Geely ...

White-headed Langur, Now Recovering

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

One of the numerous endangered species in the world, is the Asian white headed-Langur, also referred to as the leaf monkey because it only feeds on leaves and fruits. Previously found in 16 areas of the Guangxi Province of southern China this species is now limited to only three or four areas. The steep mountains and the valley below are its ...