China's Building the World's Biggest Sea Plane

Just because the Spruce Goose never took off doesn't mean that aquatic planes in general are wholly useless; these aquatic turbo-props are still used for a variety of humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Now, China has announced that it's currently developing the world's biggest functional sea plane. But will it… » 7/29/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

Poor Doors, Hot Trains, Old Ads: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

It's hot pretty much everywhere and everyone's in a horrible mood. Which means there is plenty of ruining of cities to be had—so much so, that I've had to double up on this week's selections. From a plan to plunge Russia into darkness, to a steamy, sweaty Tube in London, it's What's Ruining Our Cities: The Dog Days of… » 7/27/14 4:00pm Sunday 4:00pm

Believe It or Not, the World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is in Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that's kept Japan's army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones. » 7/21/14 6:10pm 7/21/14 6:10pm

It's Alarmingly Easy for Hackers to Control Your Hotel Room

Next time you're in Shenzhen, "the Silicon Valley of mainland China," don't stay at the St. Regis hotel. Sure, it looks nice and everything. And those iPad-powered "digital butlers" sound neat. But really, the system is so littered with security vulnerabilities that a hacker on the other side of the planet can easily… » 7/18/14 10:23am 7/18/14 10:23am

China Is Building Fake Islands to Bolster Its Claim to Disputed Waters

Pity the poor mapmaker assigned to the South China Sea. The hotly disputed waters in the Pacific are torn between competing claims from all the countries that surround it. China, especially, has been aggressive and sly. It's now dumping sand onto small reefs and shoals, building whole new islands to bolster its… » 6/18/14 7:00pm 6/18/14 7:00pm

China's New Tallest Building Adds a Floor Every 96 Hours

At 2,165 feet, Shenzhen's Ping An Finance Center is about to become the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world. And it's getting there very quickly: According to a new report from DesignBoom, workers are finishing a new floor of the 115-story building every four days. » 6/17/14 10:01am 6/17/14 10:01am

This is the largest and longest 3D street painting in the world

The world's largest and longest 3D street painting is located in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, China. It's called Rhythms of Youth and occupies an area of 27,986 square foot— 2737.5 m2. Its creator, famous Chinese artist Yang Yongchun, said it's a gift to the upcoming 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. » 6/17/14 12:40am 6/17/14 12:40am

China Is Literally Moving Mountains to Build New Cities

China is on a giant building spree and nothing is going to stop it—not even mountains. Entire mountaintops are being razed to fill in valleys, paving the way for future cities. The problem is that no one really knows what they're doing. "[E]arth-moving on this scale without scientific support is folly," warn three… » 6/05/14 2:00pm 6/05/14 2:00pm