This Big-Toothed Fossil May Represent A Primitive New Human Species

The first known prehistoric human from Taiwan has been identified and may represent an entirely new species that lived as recently as 10,000 years ago, according to a new study. » 1/28/15 6:20am 1/28/15 6:20am

Taiwan missed out on this alien walker tower

The Taichung City skyline could have been a lot more alien. The city government recently held an architecture competition to design the Taiwan Tower, and Soma Architecture proposed this alien beauty. » 2/12/12 10:30am 2/12/12 10:30am

Major earthquakes might be triggered by hurricanes

While predicting the next big earthquake is probably impossibility, there's still a lot we can learn about what causes severe earthquakes. We've now identified the trigger for some of the most destructive recent earthquakes, including the 2007 quake in Haiti. » 12/08/11 11:20am 12/08/11 11:20am

The Avengers trailer, as told by zany Taiwanese animation

The animators at Taiwan's NMA News have cornered the market on recreating popular superhero movie trailers using crude humor and even cruder computer animation. In their latest magnum opus, they turn The Avengers trailer into a collage of butt shots. As nonplussing as this all is, NMA cartoons are the only media… » 10/23/11 7:30am 10/23/11 7:30am

Vampire Hitler banned from Taiwanese 7-Elevens

A curious story comes out of Taiwan today — paraphernalia depicting miniature Nosferatus with Hitler mustaches have been nixed from the 4,400 7-Eleven convenience stores on the island. The use of Hitler for advertising and sloganeering is not an exactly unknown phenomenon in Taiwan. Reports Haaertz: » 9/28/11 6:30pm 9/28/11 6:30pm

Taiwanese singing robot head is a melodious abomination

Professor Chyi-Yeu Lin of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology has experimented with robot heads before (here's a few of them), and now his team has built a robot that can read music and emote according to the song's lyrics. Too bad this head looks like the Bride of Johnny Cab. » 8/15/11 10:20am 8/15/11 10:20am

What it's like to watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes in Chinese on LSD

In my unceasing quest to bring you the best of the worst of martial arts cinema, here is a battle scene from the 1976 Taiwanese film Monkey King With 72 Magic, an adaptation of the Chinese folktale Journey to the West. This shit is indubitably bananas. » 8/07/11 10:15am 8/07/11 10:15am

The Dark Knight Rises trailer (as depicted by insane Taiwanese…

Oh, NMA News. Just when I fear you're becoming too comprehensible, you deliver your own version of The Dark Knight Rises teaser, complete with a vomiting lovestruck Batman and Bane purchasing groceries. Never change, Next Media Animation. » 7/26/11 7:30am 7/26/11 7:30am

Taiwan's funeral strippers dance for a dead crowd

Should you meet your demise in Taiwan, a funerary option open to you is the Electric Flower Car (EFC), a wheeled, neon-lit platform upon which pulchritudinous women strip down to their skivvies for the benefit of audiences...both living and deceased. » 7/09/11 9:00am 7/09/11 9:00am

More scenes from Taiwan's cursed retrofuturistic resort that never was

The UFO-shaped pods in Taipei's Sanzhi District were constructed as a resort for military officers stationed in East Asia. But a series of accidents ended construction — and started rumors that the site was cursed. » 6/18/11 12:30pm 6/18/11 12:30pm

How centuries of flooding turned the ancient Chinese into seafarers

About 9,000 years ago, the Fuzhou Basin in southeastern China fell victim to rising sea levels, pushing underwater the marshy lands needed for rice farming. The marooned people there became seafarers, which eventually led to the colonization of Taiwan. » 4/03/11 1:00pm 4/03/11 1:00pm

The Romantic Batman Lair You Can Book for $50 a Stay

Please bear in mind that that $50-per-stay fee is only for three hours. Romantic stay with the missus this ain't. Instead, Taiwanese travellers can choose the Bat-lair room in the 46-room motel in Kaohsiung City, and take advantage of the life-size Batmobile. » 3/11/11 4:15pm 3/11/11 4:15pm

A robotic seal playing basketball is the weirdest thing you'll see all…

Roboticists at Taiwan's National Chiao-Tung University have built a robotic arm that can shoot hoops by gauging the position of the basket and the angle the basketball needs to be tossed. » 3/02/11 12:20pm 3/02/11 12:20pm

Al Gore as a randy computer avatar = the future of news?

Taiwan's NMA News creates computer-animated depictions of current events that drive a flaming dune buggy into the uncanny valley. NMA's 3D take on the Leno-Conan tiff was amusing, but their version of the Al Gore sex scandal allegations is transcendental... » 6/26/10 9:05am 6/26/10 9:05am

Why Has It Taken This Long To Get A Superhero Named Panda Man?

Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou will star in a science fiction TV series called Xiong Mao Xia (or Panda-Man.) Also starring: various Taiwanese pop stars, including the group S.H.E. And it'll be a "trendy drama." [CRI] » 1/08/09 1:30pm 1/08/09 1:30pm

The Abandoned Spacecraft City of San Zhr

There are countless homages to the lost space-age architectures of the 1950s and 60s, but none seems more poignant than these photographs by Craig Ferguson of the abandoned village of San Zhr in Taiwan. These saucer-shaped buildings look like crashed spaceships. Apparently commissioned by the government as a… » 6/18/08 5:01pm 6/18/08 5:01pm

Mutants Meet Magnets In Taiwanese SciFi


According to Shen xuan zhe, a new science fiction film from Taiwan, the time, place, and date of your birth in relation to the Earth's magnetic field can give you special powers. You might become an ultra-special "chosen" member of the Brotherhood of Legio, a sort of dark Taiwanese version of the Justice League. » 12/12/07 3:00pm 12/12/07 3:00pm