Scientists in China have successfully created monkeys that suffer from autism. Wait, what? Why would anyone do such a thing? It turns out that they believe creating autistic monkeys opens up new avenues for treating autism that haven’t been explored before, as Technology Review explains. More →
China’s cyber chief rejected criticism of the country’s Internet censorship Wednesday.
The comments by Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, came ahead of next week’s state-sponsored World Internet Conference in the town of Wuzhen.
Lu said that China does not censor but “manages” Internet content, the Hong Kong Free Press reports, citing transcripts of Wednesday’s press conference in Zhejiang province provided by the Xinua state news agency. “It is a misuse of words if you say ‘content censorship’,” Lu said. “But no censorship does not mean there is no management. The Chinese government learnt how to manage the internet from Western developed countries, we have not learnt enough yet.” More →
As we informed you earlier this month, the new trend among tourist destinations in China is to build long glass walkways that are elevated hundreds and sometimes thousands of feet up in the air. While this may sound insane, officials have insisted that this glass is exceptionally safe: It’s three-quarters of an inch thick and has been treated to resist to both bending and shattering. However, it looks like one glass bridge suspended 3,500 feet in the air at the Yuntai Mountain Geological Park has already experienced its first terrifying cracks. More →
NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals.
As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years.
When your puppies kill and devour your pet chickens, it might be a good time to ask yourself whether you’re raising dogs or a different kind of animal. One man in China didn’t see that as a troubling sign though, and it took him a while to realize he had gotten himself a pair of bear cubs rather than puppies. More →
People around the world love their pet dogs, which is why they’re understandably horrified that a province in southwestern China is having a festival that revolves around the slaughter and consumption of 10,000 dogs every year. The BBC informs us that despite worldwide outrage at the festival, the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province will continue as planned this year. More →
If you’ve ever played games like The Last of Us or watched movies like I Am Legend, then you know one of the eeriest details shown in those worlds is the way plant life slowly takes over the remains of human civilization after an apocalyptic cataclysm. Mashable draws our attention to some photos that were recently taken of an abandoned village called Shengshan in China. More →
Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.”
With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores.
In every country around the world where the Tesla Model S is sold, demand far outstrips supply. That is, every country except one. The lone outlier is China, where Model S have been wildly disappointing and way below both analyst and Tesla’s expectations. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that part of the problem was that he was “misled” by Chinese speculators who ordered cars but never ended up buying one.
China is slowly becoming Apple’s main iPhone market and Apple has a new initiative in place to help it sell more iPhones while simultaneously increasing market share in the highly competitive market. Instead of cutting prices on top devices or worrying about launching cheaper devices, Apple plans to enlist Foxconn’s resources to sell used iPhones in the region, Bloomberg has found out. More →