Silk—the stuff of lustrous, glamorous clothing—is very strong. Researchers now report a clever way to make the gossamer threads even stronger and tougher: by feeding silkworms graphene or single-walled carbon nanotubes. The reinforced silk produced by the silkworms could be used in applications such as durable protective fabrics, biodegradable medical implants, and ecofriendly wearable electronics, they say.
Posts Tagged 'China'
Tags: China, Chinese noodles, cooking, food, gastronomy, gourmet, Nanshan Noodles, Noodles, Ramen, Suomian noodles, video
Tags: Acrophobia, China, glass bridge, Glass Walkway, Hunan, Tianmen mountain, tourism, travel, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
If you’re scared of heights then you might want to look away now, because this walkway in China is your worst nightmare come true. The fact that it’s attached 4,600ft (1,403 metres) up the side of a mountain is scary enough, but the fact that it’s also made of glass is nothing short of terrifying. Situated on the side of Tianmen mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan Province, the walkway is 328ft (100 metres) long and 5.2ft (1.6 metres) wide.
Tags: China, Qingdao Beer Festival, robot, robot overlords, robotics, Shandong, technology, video
Tags: China, God of War, Guan Yu, Guan Yu Park, Jingzhou, mythology, statue
You’d expect a God of War statue to look pretty epic. But there’s epic and then there’s EPIC, and this enormous statue of Guan Yu, a famous general in Chinese history who was later deified, is most definitely EPIC. The statue has just been unveiled in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou, China. It’s 58 metres (190ft) tall and weighs over 1,320 tonnes, and it contains over 4,000 strips of bronze.
Tags: Animal, Beijing, China, endangered species, Ili Pika, Li Weidong, magic rabbit, Ochotona iliensis, rabbit, squee, Tianshan mountains, wildlife, Xinjiang
Native to a remote region of China, this tiny mammal, known as the Ili pika, doesn’t know it’s a member of an endangered species — and neither do most people. Rarer — and some would argue cuter– than the panda, there are less than 1,000 of these teddy bear-like creatures living in the Tianshan mountain range in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, says conservationist Li Weidong. Li discovered the pika, formally known as Ochotona iliensis, in 1983 and named it after his hometown, Ili.