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(Photos) ‘Space-Time Tunnel’ opens in Guangzhou airport

The Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, welcomes its passengers with a "Space-Time Tunnel" starting Oct 21, 2016. The tunnel, built on the road from the airport terminal to the nearest subway, creates special effects with cutting-edge technologies, adding a new feature to the airport and enriching travelers' experiences. The tunnel is more than 200 meters long and covers some 2,500 square meters. It is the first such large space offering artistic, sci-fi-like experience in a Chinese airport.

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88-year-old man becomes the oldest graduate with bachelor degree in China

Two seniors in their 80s have graduated from east China's Jiangsu Open University, the first batch to receive their bachelor degrees as part of a program of continuing education for the elderly in China, the Yangtse Evening Post reported on Friday. Zhang Guohuan and Xu Hesheng, 88 and 86, both gained a degree in Culture Industry Management from Jiangsu Open University on October 21. They become the oldest college graduates to receive a bachelor degree in China. Along with Zhang and Xu, 17 others with the same major also graduated from the university, which has enrolled 196 elderly people since April 2014. Zhang noted excitedly that the bachelor degree is recognition of his love for learning and his commitment to lifelong learning. During their time at the university, the senior students also learned how …

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Space lab launches ‘Selfie Stick’

The Tiangong II space laboratory released its companion satellite, Banxing-2, at 7:31 am on Sunday. Weighing 47 kilograms and roughly the size of a desktop printer, the microsatellite has a series of visible light cameras, including a 25 megapixel camera and wide-angle imagers. Its mission is to take photographs of Tiangong II and the Shenzhou XI spacecraft, which docked with the lab on Wednesday. The satellite, which China Central TV has nicknamed "Selfie Stick", also has an infrared camera that is temperature-sensitive, said Chen Hongyu, chief engineer of the satellite program and a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Micro-satellite Innovation Institute. "Like a private nurse for Tiangong II and Shenzhou XI, the companion satellite monitors their conditions all the time, which is helpful in detecting failures," he said. With three solar panels, …

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Forbidden City to build new museum to exhibit more collections

The Forbidden City in Beijing, also known as the Palace Museum, will build a new museum to exhibit more of its huge collection, said the site's director, Shan Jixiang, at the 2016 International Smart Tourism Conference in Hangzhou on Oct. 23, China News Service reported. The Forbidden City is the world’s largest timber architectural complex. It is also the world’s largest collection of cultural relics, and boasts the most visitors. Shan said the Forbidden City is currently facing a major problem: most of its massive collections can’t be displayed. Usually, 10 to 20 percent of the collections of major international museums are displayed at any given time. Although the Forbidden City holds over 70 exhibitions every year, only 0.5 percent of its collections have the opportunity to be put on display for …

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Belgian artist crafts 3D celebrity faces out of thousands of Lego

Artist Dirk Denoyelle has used his gifted creativity to craft some of the world’s most famous celebrity faces by using pieces of LEGO. Among the many well-known icons were Michael Jackson, John Cleese, Charlie Chaplin, Elton John, Laurel & Hardy, Hagrid from Harry Potter, and also Mr. Bean. The 52-year-old Belgian comedian has spent at least 40 hours on this project, using an average of 6,000 pieces of LEGO. His work will go on display in the UK for the first time at the BrickLive Show at Birmingham’s NEC between October 27-30.

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Yasay: ‘Little brown brother image’ of Filipinos stunts PH

Foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay said on Saturday that the “little brown brother image” has thwarted the Philippines’ growth and development, adding that separation from the United States is demanded in pursuing an independent foreign policy. “It implies breaking away from the debilitating mindset of dependency and subservience—economically and militarily—that have perpetuated our ‘little brown brother’ image to America, which has stunted our growth and advancement,” Yasay wrote on his Facebook page. He parroted the explanation made earlier by President Rodrigo Duterte that Philippines’ separation from the U.S. economically and military does not mean severance of relationship or terminating the special bond between the two nations. Indeed, he said that breaking away from “our closest friend, only military ally and strategic partner would not be in our best national interest” as declared unmistakably by Duterte …

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Samsung smartphone found emitting smoke at Japan airport

TOKYO -- Japan's transport ministry said Friday that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone belonging to a foreign passenger was found emitting smoke at Kansai International Airport in western Japan earlier this week. No one was injured in the incident. According to the ministry, the smartphone started to emit smoke around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after its owner tried to detach the battery at a security check point for international flights. It is believed to be the first such incidence in Japan, though a series of similar incidents had been reported overseas with the Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean electronics giant has halted production and sale of this specific model of smartphone which has not been sold in Japan. Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has prohibited passengers from bringing …

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Xi calls Long March ‘human miracle,’ ‘epic’

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Long March was "a great feat in human history," "epic" and a"human miracle". Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission(CMC), made the remarks at a gathering on Friday to commemorate the80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March. Xi said the Red Army's Long March, full of the spirit of idealism and dedication, was a "human epic composed of will and courage" and "an epic of mankind's unremitting efforts to pursue truth and brightness." Xi said that during the Long March, Red Army officers and soldiers fought more than 600 battles against the enemies, crossed about a hundred rivers, climbed over 40 steep mountains and trekked over the grassland. With their strong …

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China lays out plan for agricultural modernization by 2020

BEIJING - China aims to achieve "marked progress" in agricultural modernization by 2020, according to a five-year plan released by the State Council Thursday. The country will strive to ensure food security, improve the quality and efficiency of farm produce supply, and enhance the sector's international competitiveness by 2020, the plan said. It also targets all-round moderate prosperity for rural residents, and a beautiful countryside. Modern agriculture should be established in the country's eastern coastal developed regions, major cities' suburbs, state farms and several demonstration areas, according to the plan. The plan specified tasks to promote innovation, coordination, green development, opening up and farmers' welfare. Fourteen key projects will be carried out to attain the plan's goals. They include projects to cultivate high-standard farmland, integrate various sub-industries and ensure farm produce quality. Fiscal and financial support …

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9 Chinese cities blanketed by heavy smog

Heavy air pollution engulfed nine cities in China between Oct. 17 and 19, including Beijing and Shijiazhuang in Heibei province, with a total heavily polluted area of 260,000 square kilometers, environmental authorities said. Due to unfavorable meteorological conditions, heavy smog descended on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding areas on Oct. 17. Beijing's average density of PM2.5 reached 244 micrograms per cubic meter on Oct. 19, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) announced on Wednesday. A yellow alert for air pollution, the second tier of a four-level warning system, was issued on Oct. 18 in Beijing, the city’s third alert in October. The alert was later cancelled due to improved air quality on Oct. 20. The Beijing government's heavy air pollution emergency plan states that the government may implement an odd-even license plate scheme …

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