Rail guns are the next generation of military weapon that promise to fire further and faster with zero gunpowder. Using electricity alone these cutting-edge weapons can fire a 17 pound projectile at Mach 7 to strike targets hundreds of miles away. Allowing them to sink battleships, shoot down aircraft and missiles while being virtually unstoppable.
Until recently the US Navy was the only game in town when it came to Rail Gun technology but this weekend pictures emerged of a Chinese naval vessel with what appears to be a kick ass rail gun mounted on the bow. With one picture leaked to the internet the Chinese government has signified that they are a military force not to be trifled with. Has the Chinese navy now stolen the technological lead from the US?
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In recent years China and Taiwan have seen a growing number of glass bridges and walkways constructed. Like a roller coaster ride they are designed to thrill and scare people, just for fun, and it seems to be working. Millions of people have flocked to these stationary thrill rides but a small percentage of people and animals seem to have an adverse reaction to the experience that triggers a reaction of hysterical proportions.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos capturing the moment that people are frozen with fear unable to overcome the feeling that their life is about to end. Keep in mind that all of these structures are carefully engineered to be completely safe, while scaring the pants off you. Sit back relax and prepare for the thrill ride that is the glass bottomed bridge and walkway.
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With over 64 million kilometres of roads and highways in the world these ribbons of black seem like a logical place to start when converting the world to renewable energy. But while it may sound like a simple idea there are many engineering challenges to tackle before cars and trucks can roll down solar highways.
Engineers in China have decided that a good idea is a good idea and have begun construction of the world’s first solar expressway by converting 2 kilometres of the Jinan South Ring Expressway into a PV electricity generating expressway. Smaller solar roads have already been tested in France and within Jian South city centre itself but this is the first expressway or highway.
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No matter what your political stance on China may be we all have to agree that they are an industrious nation. With a can do attitude and the resources to match they manage some incredible construction feats. Try building an entire 70 meter tunnel in under a four lane highway in two days on for size.
Presented for you viewing pleasure is the time-lapse of how you get things done, fast. A spectacular video that captures the relentless spread of bitumen, and the high tech life that rides on it. Sit back relax and prepare to experience two days in under four minutes flat.
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With the brand new Liaoning aircraft carrier parked in northern China’s Bohai Bay the pilots trained, perfecting their carrier based take-offs and landings. The first generation of pilots and aircraft are now a qualified air force, one not to be ignored. Until now the world was still wondering if the J-15 is real, is it a threat? While the world wondered China managed to build one hell of a jet fighter and an aircraft carrier to go with it.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the first generation of pilots being trained to handle their high tech fighter and mobile airport. While many may argue the J-15 is no match for the F-22 it is still an incredible feat, going from flying Russian imports to their own hardware in under 10 years.
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Warning, you are about to enter a world of High Strangeness. Hit the play button to unlock the door to a world very much like our own, just much stranger. Confusing our perceptions and consternating the laws of physics the causes of this high strangeness are still a complete mystery.
The video opens with traffic flowing through a non-descript intersection in China. Traffic is flowing and life seems to be moving just as expected, everything is nice and normal. Then in the blink of an eye the High Strangeness door is swung open for a couple of second’s and in that time gravity seems to take a break as the cars near the intersection seem to leap into the air.
Like the infamous magic bullet that killed Kennedy the magic wire theory is leading the list of popular explanations. A theory that supposes a very thin high tensile wire has somehow become entangled with the cars as they passed over. Some cars lifted from the front some from the rear while even a car travelling in the opposite direction is caught up in the action. Giving the wire theory more weight is the fact that as the cars are flung into the air there are a number of strange objects ricocheting around, small objects that seem to also be involved somehow. While the wire is a popular theory there is only one flaw with it, no wire can be seen no matter how much you zoom in or slow down the video, and for the wire to effect so many cars in so many ways there must have been masses of cable coiled all over the road.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is a video so mysterious and confusing that it may just make your head hurt for a while. Was it as simple as a wire on the road or something far more mysterious? Will you believe your own eyes or is your mind put at peace with a simple yet unconvincing explanation? Sit back relax and prepare to question your own perceptions.
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What happens when over a billion people come home from holiday at the same time? The world’s largest traffic jam of course, a traffic jam that stretches for 100 kilometres and takes 10 days to clear. Technically not really the result of the countries massive population alone but instead combination of a massive population far exceeding the roads capacity. One of the greatest examples of the Three Stooges effect in the world. In the Stooges case when all three try to enter a doorway simultaneously they create their own door jam.
In the case of China’s national highway 110 the chronic congestion is caused by annual traffic growth of 40% each year along with some poorly timed roadworks (began 5 days before the traffic jam) that made this year’s traffic jam particularly severe. Demand has overtaken capacity to such an extent that the traffic jam has now become an annual event at the close of China’s Golden Week, the week the whole of China takes off. Some citizens have even given up on the holiday and simply drive up the highway turn around and drive home, slowly. Camping when the congestion gets bad, driving when possible. Ok that last part doesn’t really happen but tell me it doesn’t sound possible.
Presented for you viewing pleasure is the drone footage of the world’s worst traffic jam, a highway that appears to have been turned into a parking lot by the laws of physics (two solid objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time). Sit back relax and be sure to get comfortable, this could take a while.
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Formula E is off to a crashingly good start in China with a close race and spectacular crashes. The cars even passed the driver stress test with Nick Heidfeld walking away from the most spectacular crash of the day.
The first race of the inaugural season saw drivers racing on roads surrounding Beijing’s Birds Nest. The cars are similar in design and construction to their older brother F1, with the exception of the power train. The all electric Formula E cars swap out the petrol engine for a 150-180Kw electric motor.
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Earlier this year Kobe Bryant visited China as part of Nike’s Rise campaign, the Chinese market calls. Bryant joined a team of up and coming Chinese athletes to unveil the world’s first interactive LED basketball court in Shanghai, unveiling Nike’s amazing House of Mamba.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is AKQA’s mind blowing video of the courts first demonstration along with a sneaky intermission video capturing the court in half time party mode. Sit back, relax and prepare to see the future of indoor sports stadiums.
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