Secret Lives of Pandas Revealed by Electronic Stalking

Giant pandas turn out to be a lot more social — and flirtatious — than anyone had ever imagined, according to new research. » 3/28/15 4:00pm Saturday 4:00pm

Competitive "Pyromusical" Displays Are A Thing, And They Are Dazzling

This ain't no backyard bottle-rocket situation. This is Polaris Fireworks AB of China's towering display of gunpowder prowess at the Sixth Philippine International Pyromusical Competition, glimpsed last night over the Mall of Asia shopping center south of Manila. » 3/15/15 12:00pm 3/15/15 12:00pm

An Intriguing Theory That Explains This Winter's Intensely Cold Weather

In this scenario, put forth by physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rise in air pollution via coal emissions from China and Southeast Asia is to blame for the relentless snows that have blanketed parts of the United States. » 3/08/15 4:15pm 3/08/15 4:15pm

Jackie Chan Invented The Chinese Character That's Now A Viral Smash

A new Chinese character, "duang," has gone viral. Nobody's sure what it actually means, but Jackie Chan has everything to do with it. » 3/02/15 2:40pm 3/02/15 2:40pm

Watch The Gorgeously Insane Trailer For Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal

"Demons suffer in hell ... gods rule in heaven ... and men stride the earth" in Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, a new fantasy film from China. We have no idea what's going on here, story-wise, but there is so much eye candy in this trailer: Epic wire stunts! Fiery arrows! Shape shifting! CG beasts! Costumes to die for! » 2/20/15 4:00pm 2/20/15 4:00pm

"Dragon" Dinosaur Was 50 Feet Long, Had Most Epic Neck Ever 

Before you get too excited on the heels of today's Game of Thrones news items, we're not talking actual fire-breathing monsters here. However, it's possible this newly discovered dinosaur species could have inspired the dragons that populate Chinese folklore. » 1/30/15 6:00pm 1/30/15 6:00pm

Watch The Jaw-Dropping Construction Of The World's Largest Candy Carpet

The marvel that you're observing here is a 607-foot, 14,000-square foot "candy carpet" created by artist duo Craig Redman and Karl Maier to promote a shopping center in Chengdu, China. It took 2,000 volunteers five days to put together. » 1/28/15 2:40pm 1/28/15 2:40pm

This Is What It's Like To Write Science Fiction Novels In China

What's it like to write science fiction novels in China? Novelist Cixin Liu, author of The Three Body Problem takes us through the history, present, and the possible future of science fiction in China. » 1/14/15 4:20pm 1/14/15 4:20pm

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

An Otherworldly Village Made Entirely from Ice Sculptures

In the city of Harbin, China's 31st International Ice and Snow Festival has begun. This is one of the world's largest such events, and always brings some psychedelic wonderment to the bitterly cold city. Here are some photos as the fest gets underway. » 1/06/15 10:30am 1/06/15 10:30am

The Walking Dead May Soon Be Banned In China

A recent crackdown on file-sharing sites in China mean that fans of American TV shows — including the addictive likes of The Walking Dead and House of Cards — may soon be unable to get their fix. » 12/29/14 1:20pm 12/29/14 1:20pm

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

Why The Dalai Lama Is Hinting That He Could Be The Very Last One

In a recent interview, the exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism conceded that he may be the very last to hold the title. The reason, it would appear, has as much to do with metaphysics as it does with Chinese meddling. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

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… » 12/22/14 12:01pm 12/22/14 12:01pm

The U.S. Considered An "Accidental" Bombing Of China's Nuke Facilities

Recently declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive reveal that the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations were considering military action to prevent or delay China from building nuclear weapons — even if that meant working with Moscow to stage an accidental bombing. » 12/16/14 1:40pm 12/16/14 1:40pm

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 Could Outspend U.S. On Science Funding By 2020

China is on track to overtake the United States on research & development spending by the end of the decade, according to a report issued yesterday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. » 11/12/14 9:30am 11/12/14 9:30am

China Is Testing An Unproven Malaria Drug On An Entire African Nation

The tiny island nation of Comoros off Africa's east coast is being treated as a massive guinea pig experiment for Chinese scientists. More than 700,000 people have been given doses of an untested malaria drug that appears to be working. Regardless, critics are outraged by the approach. » 11/11/14 11:20am 11/11/14 11:20am

How China's "Rare Earth" Weapon Went From Boom To Bust

Not so long ago, the U.S. went into full panic mode. China had reached the point where it controlled 97% of the world's rare earth elements—minerals that play a crucial role in manufacturing high-tech products. Were they right to fear that Beijing has a stranglehold over the global economy? » 11/03/14 11:00am 11/03/14 11:00am