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China Launches Next-Generation Internet

December 29, 2004

China is rolling out the first network based on Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) technology, a major component of the next-generation Internet.

Officials claim top transmission speeds of 2.5 to 10 gigabits per second, with a trial connecting schools in Beijing and Tianjin reaching 40 gigabits per second. Coverage is expected to expand to 100 universities in the near future.

A key advantage of IPv6 is that it… read more

China launches alternatives to Android, Google Drive, iOS, iTunes

May 15, 2012


Baidu, the Chinese answer to Google, has announced details of its soon-to-launch new smartphone and the cloud-centric operating system (OS) that will power it.

The Foxconn-built Changhong H5018 will be the first device powered by Baidu’s “Cloud Smart Terminal” platform, marking ”the arrival of a new era” of sub $150 (1,000 RMB) devices in China.

Every H5018 phone owner will be given a generous 100 GB… read more

China isn’t building a traveling wave nuclear plant (yet)

December 8, 2011


TerraPower, a company backed by Bill Gates that’s developing a new kind of nuclear reactor power plant that can run for decades on abundant fuel,  is in discussions with China and other countries, includingtwo research centers in India, Technology Review Potential Energy reports.

China is building a 100-petaflops supercomputer

November 1, 2012


As the U.S. launched what’s expected to be the world’s fastest supercomputer at 20 petaflops (peak performance), China announced it is building a machine intended to be five times faster when it is deployed in 2015, IT World reports.

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer will run at 100 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second) peak performance, designed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, according to the Guangzhou… read more

China has homemade supercomputer gain

October 30, 2011

China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, surprising high-performance computing specialists in the United States.

The Sunway system, which can perform about 1,000 trillion calculations per second — a petaflop — will probably rank among the 20 fastest computers in the world.  The 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 processors appear to be based on the same design principles favored by Intel’s most advanced microprocessors.… read more

China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plans

January 20, 2010

China’s next supercomputer, the petascale Dawning 6000, will be constructed exclusively with home-grown microprocessors, running by the end of 2010.

China building a city for cloud computing

February 9, 2011

Artist rendering of city-sized cloud computing and office complex being built in China (IBM)

China is building a city-sized (6.2 million square feet) cloud computing and office complex that will include a mega data center, one of the projects fueling that country’s double-digit growth in IT spending.

The initial data center space will account for approximately 646,000 square feet, according to IBM, which is collaborating with a Chinese company to build it.

China and ‘one or two others’ can shut US electric grids and other critical infrastructure, says NSA director

November 21, 2014

(Credit: Achim Hering/Wikimedia Commons)

China and “one or two others” can shut down the U.S. electric grids and other critical infrastructure and is performing electronic reconnaissance on a regular basis, said NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers, testifying Thursday (Nov. 20) at a House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on U.S. efforts to combat cybersecurity.

“All of that leads me to believe it is only a matter of when, not if, we are going to… read more

China and India developing biotech drugs

September 20, 2011

Chinese and Indian drug makers have taken over much of the global trade in medicines and now manufacture more than 80 percent of the active ingredients in drugs sold worldwide. But they had never been able to copy the complex and expensive biotech medicines increasingly used to treat cancer, diabetes and other diseases in rich nations like the United States — until now.

Chimps use geometry to navigate the jungle

March 13, 2009

Chimps chose their routes using a mental map built around geometric coordinates, as opposed to a navigation style based on landmarks for well-travelled routes, primatologists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found.

Chimps Exhibit Superior Memory, Outshining Humans

December 3, 2007

Researchers have shown that young chimps outperform adult humans in a memory test, a Concentration-like game using numerals on a computer screen.

Chimps are human, gene study implies

May 21, 2003

The new study found that 99.4 percent of the most critical DNA sites are identical in the corresponding human and chimp genes. With that close a relationship, the two living chimp species belong in the genus Homo, says Morris Goodman of Wayne State University in Detroit.

Chimeras on the Horizon, but Don’t Expect Centaurs

May 3, 2005

If research on human embryonic stem cells ever gets going, people will be hearing a lot more about chimeras, creatures composed of more than one kind of cell.

Such creations — of pigs with human hearts, monkeys with human larynxes — are likely to be unsettling to many.

Chilly Future May Await Tomorrow’s Computers

September 3, 2003

A “chill pill” that Slovenian computer scientists recently formulated could eliminate most heat-caused errors with quantum computers, allowing them to operate at incredible speeds successfully.

Children With Autism Use Alternative Keyboard To Communicate With Their Families And Their World

September 2, 2009

(Blue Orb)

Scientists at Project Blue Skies are enabling autistic children to communicate and explore the online world using the color-coded OrbitTouch keyboard, which allows users to input letters, symbols, and commands using a video-game-like interface (less distracting than a keyboard and does not require finger motion).

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