We frequently read about dangerous smog hovering over Beijing and other industrial hubs in China. Just last week, air pollution levels were 20 times higher than the safe limit defined by the World Health Organization, the BBC reported.
The smog is so bad that it’s reducing life expectancy by 15 years, according to a study published last month in the British Medical Journal.
Now a research team led by a scientist at Texas A&M has traced sulfate-based air pollution emitted from factories in China to Los Angeles. The study, published today in Nature Communications, examined data from 2006. Continue reading
A writer on defense issues found a “harrowing lesson to be cautious about how we equip the U.S. military” when he played a new game that simulated a battle in the South China Sea and we lost.
Weisi Dai, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, happened to find something interesting on the website of China’s State Intellectual Property Office … Continue reading
China is on its way up, way up.
There “are unmistakable warning signs,” writes John Hickman in Foreign Policy, “that China may surpass the United States and Russia to become the world’s preeminent spacefaring power.”
The U.S. shuttle program ended in 2011. But China is planning to launch a “space lab” in 2015 and have its own space station by 2020, the same year that the International Space Station is set to be scrapped.
An excerpt from the print edition of This Just In for Aug. 6, 2013. This Just In appears in the A-section of the Tribune-Review on Tuesday and Friday.
What could be more unappetizing than finding out horse meat was being sold in Europe as hamburgers, Swedish meatballs and spaghetti? How about a little rat meat in your Chinese food? Continue reading