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Matt Williams is a professional writer, science fiction author, Taekwon-Do instructor, and the curator of the Guide to Space at Universe Today. His articles have been featured on Popular Mechanics, Business Insider, Gizmodo, IO9, and HeroX. His first published novel, The Cronian Incident, was recently published by Castrum Press. He lives with his wife and family on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia.
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China’s Rainbow drone ready for delivery to PLA


As part of their ongoing efforts to become a world power, China has spared no investment when it comes to the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. And after several successful missile tests, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is all set to receive the next-generation aerial drone. Known as the CH-4, the development of … Continue reading

China’s supersonic submarine


Researchers in China are reporting that they’ve taken a big step towards creating a truly revolutionary submarine. For years, the nation has been dedicated to the expansion of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Submarine Force. Aside from wanting a fleet that could rival those of other superpowers, the growing fleet is seen as a … Continue reading

China: World’s tallest skyscrapers will also be pollution-eating


Though it is already home to the world’s largest building – in the form of the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu – China is seeking to create the world’s tallest structure as well. Designed by UK-based Chetwoods Architects and known as the Phoenix Towers, this tower concept is slated to be built in Wuhan, … Continue reading

Cyberwarfare between the US and China visualized


Since the dawn of the internet age, there has been no shortage of stories about hackers, malware-peddling malcontents, online scams and identity theft. Add to that the growing consensus that wars in the future will be fought online through “cyberwarfare divisions”, and you can understand why such positive statements once made about the internet – … Continue reading

China blocks Google services for Tiananmen 25th anniversary


In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka. the June 4th Incident), Chinese authorities decided to begin blocking Google. It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Each year, the Chinese … Continue reading

Chinas President seeking to overhaul military


In his bid to see China become a true superpower, President Xi Jinping has committed to a monumental task. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say he has staked his authority as president on it. Basically, he is seeking to overhaul the Chinese military, which is still largely organized as it was … Continue reading

Qianzhousaurus skull discovered in China


Paleontologists have made an exciting discovery near the city of Ganzhou, in southern China – the near complete fossil remains of a skull in a site that dates back to the Cretaceous period. The skull belongs to a dinosaur that has been scientifically designated Qianzhousaurus sinensis, a long-snouted species that belongs to the same species … Continue reading

China’s new 3-D printed houses


Additive manufacturing (aka. 3-D printing) has triggered a revolution in fabrication, with applications ranging from consumer goods to artificial bones and organs. However, it is in the field of construction that the technology is making what may prove to be some of its greatest contributions. In addition to being much more safe and cost-effective than … Continue reading

Envisioning the future of China – circa 1960s


During the 1960’s, China was at a crossroads when it came to envisioning the future. On the one hand, the country was recovering from the shock’s of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” – a program of rapid industrialization and collectivization that led to widespread famine and millions of deaths. On the other, the country was still … Continue reading

China to open door to foreign astronauts


Last month, China surprised the world by announcing that it might be opening its space program to foreign astronauts and multinational collaboration. The announcement came in mid-September, when Yang Liwei (deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency) claimed the Chinese government was considering taking foreign astronauts on future missions as well as providing training. … Continue reading

China’s Shanghai Tower: A massive urban green space


The newly-topped 632 metre (over 2000 feet) Shanghai Tower is currently the world’s second tallest structure, outdone only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But equally impressive is what it will have going on inside. In addition to 521,000 square meters of floor space, 106 elevators, a weight of 1,200 metric tons, and the ability … Continue reading

China’s city-sized mall, complete with artificial sun


For years, the race to build the world’s tallest tower has been dominated by the United Arab Emirates with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or the Tokyo Sky Tree of Japan. But China recently opened up a few front in this race with their unveiling of the world’s “largest building”. Known as the New Century … Continue reading

China launches Shenzou 10 manned spacecraft


On Tuesday, China took yet another step towards establishing itself as a major player in space. It’s latest manned spacecraft, known as the Shenzhou 10, departed the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at the edge of the Gobi Desert, carrying three astronauts on what is planned to be a fifteen day mission that will see them … Continue reading

Pentagon paying China to carry top secret data


Over the past few years, US politicians have expressed serious concerns that far too much sensitive information passes through the hands of companies and agencies located in China. In spite of that, the Pentagon – starved for satellite bandwidth – has decided to pay a Chinese satellite firm to help it communicate and share data … Continue reading

China’s smog levels get the cartoon treatment


It’s no secret that air pollution is a major problem in China. In fact, in recent years, the problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental watchdog in the US, has had to revise its Air Quality Index system. Originally, the AQI had a top rating of 500, which indicates 500 … Continue reading

1000 dead ducks found in Sichuan river


Much like the 16,000 dead pigs found floating in a different part of the river, the discovery of over 1000 dead ducks in the Nanhe has raised some serious questions. Foremost amongst them is how they died and why they were in the river in the first place. According to the Agence Free Press, the … Continue reading

China’s censorship of social media; how they do it


For those of us who live in the democratic world, its taken for granted that a social utility such as Twitter is an open forum, where people can say just about anything and not worry about censorship. Not only are there few rules in place to regulate Twitters content, it’s obvious that corporate or government … Continue reading

China’s city of the future may include the “farmscraper”


Architects are often pushing the boundaries of the possible, often in response to challenges posed by the ongoing problems of urban sprawl, pollution, and overpopulation. And in China, where one-fifth of the world’s total population lives and urban population density reaches into the thousands per square kilometre, forward-looking architects are finding a receptive audience. Consider … Continue reading

Chinese hackers identified


In recent years, a number of intrusions into major US firms and IT companies have led many to worry that a full-fledged cyberwar is gearing up between China and the US. After the most recent intrusions into such companies as Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, the New York Times and Bloomberg, it seems abundantly clear that those … Continue reading

China unveils giant military transport plane


When it comes to adapting military technology, China has taken some significant steps in a relatively short space of time. This has been evidenced with the release of China’s first stealth fighters in 2010, it’s first aircraft carrier in 2011, and now, its first long-range transport plane. Known as the Xian Y-20, this homegrown transport … Continue reading

IT giants admit to being hacked by China


Cyberwarfare has been making it into the news quite a bit of late. From the international cyber-spying virus known as “Red October”, to China‘s hacking of the New York Times and Bloomberg L.P., to intrusions into major software companies and social utilities. It seems no one is immune or unassailable in the digital age. What’s … Continue reading

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