Not just another piece of heavy machinery you'd find at a normal worksite, the SLJ900, designed by the Shijiazhuang Railway Design Institute, is specifically used to build aqueducts and rail bridges. Most recently, it was used in the construction of a link between Chongqing and Wanzhous in China. It weighs in at a massive 580-tons, spans 300-feet long and 24-feet wide. The SLJ900 consists of four sections of 16, each of which can rotate 90°, equipped with a total of 64 wheels to allow for fluid movement. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Baotou city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw heavy amounts of snow falling, which meant the painstaking task of clearing it away so all its residents can all get on with their daily lives. However, the city has unveiled a new weapon in its snow clearing armory: a tank with caterpillar tracks, bogie wheels, and a huge snow blower where the turret normally is. "A jet engine is added on the tank chassis. Snow is blown away by the hot and high-speed air expelled by the engine", said the designers at the China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC). It can reach speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour on the road, topping out at 48 to 50 kilometers per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a toddler who mistook a water heater for a robot.
This Minecraft-inspired "Qiyunshan Tree House" in China's Anhui Province is no computer-generated imagery, but rather a real structure designed by Bengo Studio. This three-story living space consists of a series of stacked timber blocks, and boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as a living room, all connected together by spiral staircase. Climb up to the very top, and you'll be greeted with a 'landscape room' offering panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Touted as the "world's first VR smartphone," the ProTruly Darling definitely tries living up to its name. Featuring an integrated 360° camera that enables users to snap photos and record video in all directions simultaneously, while giving you the ability to preview the footage as interactive globes. Plus, you also get a 5.5" 1080p display, MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, dual 13MP cameras, and an ample 3,560mAh battery. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.
Beijing decided to implement an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more by installing 34 "reverse" vending machines inside subway stations throughout the city. When an empty plastic bottle is inserted, a sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic - anywhere from 5 to 15 cents - and turns that into public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, while tourists who don't need the rewards can insert bottles anyways. Continue reading to see more ingenious solutions to everyday problems. Click here for a few bonus images.
Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed the first vertical forest concept, titled "Nanjing Towers", for China, first popularized in Milan. The two green towers uses 1,110 trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs, to produce around 132 pounds of oxygen per day as they absorb carbon dioxide. The towers, standing 656-feet and 354-feet tall, rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, and will lead modernization efforts in the south of China's Jiangsu province, thus helping develop a Yangtze River economic zone. The taller of the two towers will contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club, while the second, a 247-room Hyatt hotel, complete with rooftop swimming pool. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.
This mysterious floating city was reportedly seen by thousands of people in Yueyang, a city with a population of about 1-million people. Wild theories include that it was visible due to a portal being opened to another dimension to a secret government hologram experiment known as Project Blue Beam. "This floating city in the sky was recorded over Yueyang, China a few days ago. That is a city of about 1 million people so I am sure loads of people noticed it," said UFO researcher Scott C Waring. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where five vintage gadgets are put to the test.
This giant panda staying at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu, China absolutely loves cameras, and these photographs prove it. Yes, guests here are actually allowed to sit next to these furry animals and interact with them, resulting in some interesting images. The Dujiangyan Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in 2011, specializing in re-introducing the bears into the wild. Continue reading for more pictures.
Designed by Studio Roosegaarde, the "Smog Free Tower" has so far filtered billions of PM2.5 fine particles out of Beijing's polluted air. That's right, in the span of just 41-days, this tower has scrubbed 30-million m3 of air, or roughly the volume of 10 Beijing National Stadiums. Locals have nicknamed it the "clean air temple," drawing comparisons to China's famous pagodas. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of things you'll probably only see in China.
For those with $360,000 and have always wanted a functional Iron Man suit, The Toys Asia has just the item for you. Featuring 46 motors and 567 parts, this automated suit takes 28-seconds to power on, and a remote control is included to let users open the armor manually to show off all of the components within. Let's just hope they fly a representative from China down to wherever these need to be delivered for that price, especially since there's already an 8-month long waiting list. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the first ghost shark ever captured on film.