Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day

A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland. The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) ExpressContinue reading “Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day”

Boy cuts off his index finger during argument with father over phone use

The 11-year-old boy, from Suzhou, China, is said to have sliced off the digit after having an argument with his father about his smartphone addiction. As his father chastised him for being constantly glued to his phone, the boy is said to have grabbed a knife and plunged it into his left index finger inContinue reading “Boy cuts off his index finger during argument with father over phone use”

China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers in Hunt for Extraterrestrials

By EDWARD WONG The Chinese government is relocating thousands of villagers to complete construction by September of the world’s biggest radio telescope, whose intended purpose is to detect signs of extraterrestrial life. The telescope would be 500 meters, or 1,640 feet, in diameter, by far the largest of its kind in the world. It isContinue reading “China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers in Hunt for Extraterrestrials”

Subway passenger dubbed the ‘watermelon brother’ is scaring commuters in China

A man who likes to put a watermelon on his head before his daily commute has caused a stir in China. The man has been nicknamed the ‘watermelon brother’ by web sleuths who are trying to figure out the mystery man’s identity. One commuter told the Beijing Morning Post he was freaked out by theContinue reading “Subway passenger dubbed the ‘watermelon brother’ is scaring commuters in China”

Inside an internet addiction treatment centre in China

IN CHINA, if you are a kid who spends a long time online, you had better watch out. Your parents may send you off for “treatment”. At the Internet Addiction Treatment Centre in Beijing, children must take part in military-style activities, including exercise drills and the singing of patriotic songs. They are denied access toContinue reading “Inside an internet addiction treatment centre in China”

London’s Dirty Secret: Pollution Worse Than Beijing’s

London has a dirty secret. Levels of the harmful air pollutant nitrogen dioxide at a city-center monitoring station are the highest in Europe. Concentrations are greater even than in Beijing, where expatriates have dubbed the city’s smog the “airpocalypse.” It’s the law of unintended consequences at work. European Union efforts to fight climate change favoredContinue reading “London’s Dirty Secret: Pollution Worse Than Beijing’s”

New research shows that whales and dolphins can’t taste anything except salt

Tastes are a privilege. The oral sensations not only satisfy foodies, but also on a primal level, protect animals from toxic substances. Yet cetaceans—whales and dolphins—may lack this crucial ability, according to a new study. Mutations in a cetacean ancestor obliterated their basic machinery for four of the five primary tastes, making them the firstContinue reading “New research shows that whales and dolphins can’t taste anything except salt”

China Mulls Construction of a High Speed Train to the U.S.

by Daniel Politi It sure sounds far-fetched but a story in the Beijing Times claims China is considering building a high-speed train that would connect China’s northeast with the United States. The project would cross Siberia and the Bering Strait to Alaska, and then go across Canada into the United States, according to the English-languageContinue reading “China Mulls Construction of a High Speed Train to the U.S.”

New study shows how to win Rock-Paper-Scissors

If you are about to engage in an intense – because when are they not intense – game of rock-paper-scissors with a friend or loved one, do not let them read this article. You, however, will want to take notes. A team of researchers from China have just released the results of the first large-scaleContinue reading “New study shows how to win Rock-Paper-Scissors”