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China's National Space Program Copies Star Trek Logo

To give them full credit, I shouldn't say that China's National Space Administration ripped off a Star Trek logo. They actually ripped off two Star Trek logos. Check it out:

 


Amazing Anime Makeover

From a forum posting on the Chinese internet comes this amazing photo set of an Anime-style makeover. The girl (Lala) is from China, but by the end of the process she has that big-eyed Japanese cartoon look that's so popular with the kiddies these days.It's pretty amazing what a little mascara, eyeshadow and extra-big contact lenses can do.

China Fights Somali Pirates with Army of Dolphins!

At least China's state media is good for something. From Xinhuanet.com comes what must surely be the best news headline ever, 'Thousands of Dolphins Block Somali Pirates.

China Will Paint Itself White to Fight Global Warming

Really?! No, not really. But an article on China.org.cn went to great pains on April 1st to try to fool us into believing as much. Here's a quick overview of their ficticious ten-year plan: The roofs of all government buildings will be painted white, and individuals and companies who do the same will be monetarily compensated.

Solar Panels Banned in Chinese Neighborhood

In China it's not unusual to see private residents to make the move to solar power. Like in any country the initial expense is high, but putting a few solar panels on your roof will pay off in the long run. It's good for you and it's good for the environment. Everybody wins, right?

Not so fast, skippy. This is China, remember?


7 Amazing Chinese Farmer Inventions and Mods

You might be under the impression that most Chinese innovation is happening in research labs and universities. Well, let me take you on a quick tour of rural China for a second, where an uncanny amount of do-it-yourself contraptions are being created and assembled not by scientists -- but by farmers and laborers!

As Tibet Anniversary Nears Youtube is Blocked in China

As I wrote 2 weeks ago, March 10th will mark the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising in China, and the 1 year anniversary of last years riots. Well, reports are now coming in via Twitter, Fanfou, and the web that Youtube is now blocked for some users in China, just as it was blocked in the wake of the Tibet riots 1 year ago.

Chasing the Wind: China's Critical Pursuit of Alternative Energy

The Global Wind Energy Council just released some fascinating 2008 year-end data, and there are two big stories that are grabbing everyone's attention

China's Lunar Probe Crashes Into The Moon

The BBC reported yesterday that China, the third nation to put a man into space, has crashed a probe into the moon. But don't worry. That's totally what they meant to do.

China To Create Database of Blacklisted Journalists, But Could It Backfire?

State media reported this past Friday that China plans to create a "database of [Chinese] media professionals with a bad record," this according to Business Week.  While on the surface this might look like a step up in censorship technology on the part of the Chinese government, there might be more to it than that.

High and Dry: China Attacks The Heavens In Hopes of Rain

China is currently in the midst the most devastating drought it has seen in the last fifty years, and projections for the rest of the year show no signs of relief. The matter is of such critical importance that China cannot afford to wait for nature to take its course.

Up In Flames: The Path of Digital News Out Of China

Last night, the CCTV building in Beijing caught fire at around 9 pm, the result of an unfortunate New Years' fireworks blunder. Not surprisingly, no news report appeared on television in the initial few hours after the fire began.Anyone who pays any attention at all to China will know that bad news faces many obstacles on its way to reaching the rest of the world. But in recent years new social media tools ensure that information can spread (pardon the pun) like wildfire. Here's the path that this particular story took.