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Southwest Jiaotong University scientists in China have built a super-maglev train that can hit 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h), thanks to a vacuum that is used to minimize air resistance. Practical uses include military or space launch systems, says project lead Dr Deng Zigang. For those unfamiliar with the technology, maglev trains utilize electromagnetism for propulsion and to lift the train off a track for substantially reducing friction. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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If you thought standardized tests were nerve wracking, think again. China's National College Entrance Examinations, also known as the Gaokao, is the most important event for students in the country. Kotaku says that the "test is deemed so important that streets around testing locations have police guards, and people who cause noise during testing days can be fined." Continue reading to see five unusual gadgets students used to cheat on the exam.

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No, you're not looking at The Great Sphinx in Egypt, but rather a life-sized replica in China. This knockoff was constructed in a cultural park in Shijiazhuang, situated near China's northern Hebei province. Despite its size, builders took only a couple of months to construct the 30 meters (98.5 feet) high and 80 meters (264 feet) long structure out of steel-reinforced cement. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Believe it or not, a man in China actually hired virtual "assassins" to hunt down his son in online video games and kill off his avatar. Mr. Feng was concerned about the amount of time his 23-year-old unemployed son was spending online, so he hoped his actions would deter his son from playing the games. Continue reading for more unusual things that are happening in China right now.

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See a China-sourced LaFerrari or Pagani Zonda R being offered at a significant discount? Well, it's more than likely a replica, as they've already surfaced in China. That's right, an extremely talented Chinese auto enthusiast has made accurate replicas of both the LaFerrari and the Pagani Zonda R, exterior wise. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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What began as a bit of fun and became a personal challenge for one man, She Ping, in China and approaching half a million bees. A large crowd gathered in Chongqing, southwest China this week to watch - from a distance of 20 meters, no less - as She Ping's wife and five fellow beekeepers covered the 34-year-old in a 'bee dress' made of approximately 456,500 bees. It weighed a whopping 90-pounds or more. Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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We may still be a decade away from real flying / hover cars hitting the streets, but here's another look at Volkswagen's interesting concept. Designed by student Wang Jia, it's a wheel-less pod that uses electromagnetic levitation to float just above the road. Her dream is to help decongest the roadways in her hometown of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more information.

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For those who don't know, Walmart struggled to export its brand elsewhere as it rigidly tried to reproduce its model overseas. In China, Walmart hoped to succeed by adapting and doing things preferable to Chinese citizens. For example, it found that Chinese consumers preferred to select their own live fish, seafood, and even frogs; stores began displaying the meat uncovered and installed fish tanks, leading to higher sales. Continue reading for more.

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China, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, has taken the more creative route to transform their National Aquatic Center, popularly known as the "Water Cube" into something that locals and tourists alike can enjoy. It was once the venue of the Olympic swimming competitions, where Michael Phelps broke records and won eight gold medals. The Water Cube is now home to "Happy Magic Water Cube Water Park," complete with numerous water-rides, spa pools, wave pools, a "lazy river," and 13 water slides including the Bullet Bowl and Speed Slide. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jean Claude Van Damme doing a zero gravity split in space.

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According to researchers, an untouched Chinese tomb was opened after 400-years, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (15th - 16th century). When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch and the hands stuck at 10:06 time, with "Swiss" carved in the back. Continue reading for one more picture and additional information.

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