Researchers in China are building an artificial moon research facility to simulate low-gravity environments using magnetism. These experiments will take place within a 2-foot-diameter vacuum chamber that make gravity essentially “disappear.” This chamber is going to be filled with rocks and dust to simulate the lunar surface, and touted as the “first of its kind in the world” and is capable of maintaining such low-gravity conditions for as long as necessary. Read more for a video and additional information.
Remember that mysterious cube that China’s Yutu-2 rover discovered around a month ago? Well, the mystery has been revealed, and it’s uneventful to say the last. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) estimated the cube-like object to be around 262-feet away and would take 2-3 months to reach. Fortunately, it was able to get close enough to snap a photograph and shows that it’s actually just a strange rock formation. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers at China’s Purple Mountain Laboratories, in collaboration with China Mobile and Fudan University, announced that they have achieved at 6G mobile technology breakthrough. The team, led by chief scientist professor You Xiaohu, was able to conduct a sixth generation 6G-level wireless transmission of 206.25 gigabits per second for the very first time in a lab environment, setting a new record. Read more for a video and additional information.
Inventor Handy Geng from China is known for some incredible builds using recyclable waste as well as scrap metal, and his latest build is definitely no slouch. This functional security patrol mech robot may look a little rough at first, but it’s definitely more than meets the eye. The idea for this came about when his uncle came to visit and seeing that he’s a bit older, the idea for this mech suit came about. Read more for a video and a bonus.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has just released amazing new images of Mars captured by their Tianwen-1 orbiter, which has been in orbit for approximately 526-days at a distance of about 350 million kilometers above Earth. Due to its distance from us, it required 19.5-minutes to transmit the images. The lander carried the rover with an expected life span of at least 90 Martian days and touched down in the southern part of Utopia Planitia on Mars, around 134-days-ago. Read more for a video and additional information.
Apple’s AirPods Pro have been one of their best selling noise cancelling wireless earbuds to date, but unfortunately, there haven’t been any special editions released in the US. To celebrate Lunar New Year in China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong, Apple is releasing a special edition Year of the Tiger AirPods Pro that come with a special box and charging case. Read more for an unboxing and hands-on look.
China’s artificial sun has set yet another new world record on Thursday sustaining a high plasma temperature for 1,056 seconds. To date, this is the longest duration for an experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST) fusion energy reactor. Back in May, the artificial sun managed to sustain a temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101-seconds. Read more for a video and additional information.
Anyone who follows the Chinese zodiac probably already knows that 2022 is the Tiger, or the third of the 12-year cycle of animals. Digging deeper, 2022 is the year of the water tiger, which comes around once ever 60-years. To celebrate, Apple is releasing a limited edition pair of Beats Studio Buds in China on January 1, 2022, priced at ¥1,099 ($172 USD). Read more for additional pictures and information.
China’s Beijing-3 satellite captured incredible high-resolution imagery of San Francisco covering 1,470 square miles in just 42 seconds and is capable of remaining very stable while spinning at high speeds, keeping the images ultra clear. It was captured at an altitude of 310 miles at a resolution of 50 centimeters per pixel. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Technology giant Baidu is mostly known for its search engine, artificial intelligence platforms, and autonomous driving technology, but this week, the company unveiled Xi Rang. It’s officially China’s first metaverse platform and consists of a virtual world where participants can log in with their designated avatars and see, listen as well as interact with others using PCs, smartphones or wearables. Read more for a video and additional information.