Yunnan, China's Vanishing Paddy Fields

Photographer Samuel Peck recently visited Yunnan, China to capture images of its paddy fields. The region's vast swaths of flooded, arable land are among the largest and most scenic on Earth. When he arrived, however, Peck learned of their rapid disappearance – a vanishing act spurred by aggressive urbanization and a… » 1/07/15 5:00pm 1/07/15 5:00pm

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

In terms of total land area, the U.S. and China are close in size, but the latter's population is more than four times that of the United States. This map shows how the U.S. population fits into four of China's most populous provinces. Taken on its own, however, the map provides a skewed depiction of China's… » 12/27/14 2:00pm 12/27/14 2:00pm

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we all… » 12/22/14 12:01pm 12/22/14 12:01pm

Will We Ever Get To See China's Disastrous Answer To Avatar? [UPDATED]

It's been two years since we showed you the trailer for Empires of the Deep, the legendary $130 million epic about mermaids that was geared to be China's answer to Avatar. The movie actually filmed back in 2010. Will we ever see it? Hard to say. Update: We heard from one of the film's directors. » 11/17/14 6:02pm 11/17/14 6:02pm

China Is Mass-Producing Islands To Extend Its Strategic Borders

A dramatic change is taking place in the South China Sea where, since the beginning of this year, Beijing has created at least five new islands by dredging rock and sand and pumping it into reefs to form new land. By doing so, the Chinese are sending a blunt message to its neighbors and the U.S.: Keep out. » 9/10/14 7:40am 9/10/14 7:40am