Incredible aerial view of Chinese New Year's fireworks over Beijing

Apparently, July 4th ain't got nothing on Chinese New Year in Beijing. This video was recorded on an airplane that was landing in Beijing at midnight of Chinese New Year and it shows all the fireworks going off at once across the city. It looks like every corner is firing off explosions at the same time. » 2/24/15 10:31pm Tuesday 10:31pm

China used more concrete in 3 years than the US in 100 years

Bill Gates has an incredible statistic: According the USGS' cement statistics, China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 (6.6 gigatons) than the United States in the entire 20th century (4.5 gigatons). It blows my mind but, then again, as Gates point out, look at Shanghai's evolution in just 20 years... » 2/22/15 2:00pm 2/22/15 2:00pm

What It's Like Inside One of the World's Largest Bitcoin Mines

Bitcoin mines are a lot like mineral mines: dark, dismal, and dangerous. Most people wouldn't know this, though, since these facilities are tucked away in weird, remote corners of the globe. That said, Motherboard recently visited one of the world's largest bitcoin mines in a remote corner of China and made a… » 2/06/15 12:30pm 2/06/15 12:30pm

Megacities Are Growing So Fast We Need Satellites To Study Them

It's difficult to track the growth of cities across multiple countries in a consistent way—especially considering tools like satellite imagery have only been around for a few decades. But this week, the World Bank Group released the results of an unprecedented, decade-long analysis of one of the world's most… » 1/29/15 10:50am 1/29/15 10:50am

Four Ideas to Fix Beijing's Smog Airpocalypse, And One That Will Work 

The worst smog of the year so far swept into Beijing this week, coating the city in a grainy, deep grey murk on par with what the city endured in 2013, pictured above (though you'll see it's popping up again today). China is trying, hard, to get its air quality problem under control, and is considering some seriously… » 1/15/15 1:35pm 1/15/15 1:35pm

Say Hello to China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons, and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defense against frickin' lasers, China's newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four… » 1/15/15 11:40am 1/15/15 11:40am

First photo of the fully operative Chinese rivals to the US Navy F-18

The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark—the first Chinese carrier-based fighter that is designed to match and even surpass the American F/A-18E/F Super Hornet—is no longer a test prototype. This photo shows fully operative serial units on the deck of the Liaoning, People's Liberation Army Navy's aircraft carrier. » 1/06/15 6:43pm 1/06/15 6:43pm

Why China Is Building The World's Largest "Coast Guard" Cutter

The idea of a Coast Guard is one that has blurred in recent decades, with US Coast Guard vessels serving as far away from home as the Persian Gulf on a regular basis. Still, the Chinese Coast Guard's upcoming 10,000 plus ton super high-endurance cutters are clearly another sign of the country's extra-territorial… » 1/06/15 6:03pm 1/06/15 6:03pm