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China announces new measures to curb air pollution

June 17, 2013 9:54 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Cabinet has announced measures to curb the country's notorious air pollution, one of the many environmental challenges facing the country that are increasingly angering the public. The broad measures approved by the State Council include putting strict controls in place for industries that produce large amounts of waste and pollution...

China calls for explanations of US surveillance

June 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programs which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Washington needs to heed international concerns...

Chinese supercomputer named as world's fastest

June 17, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has built the world's fastest computer for a second time, beating the U.S.'s Titan machine. The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha city in central China is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second.

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Creating a low-carbon, non-nuclear economy: The case of Taiwan

June 14, 2013 5:10 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, energy experts and policymakers around the world began to reassess the future of nuclear power. Countries, including Japan and Germany, have since scaled back or plan to shut down their nuclear power — sparking a global debate on how nations will replace nuclear.

China's Shenzhou 10 ship docks with space lab

June 14, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported. Automated controls guided the Shenzhou-10's docking with the space lab, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Leaker Snowden alleges NSA hacking on China, world

June 13, 2013 11:04 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America's computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have handed Beijing a weapon in its cyber war of words with Washington.

Toyota chosen as best global green brand for 3rd straight year

June 13, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. was selected as the "best global green brand" for the third consecutive year in 2013 for producing fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Prius hybrid, U.S. consulting firm Interbrand Corp. said Wednesday. U.S. automaker Ford came second, followed by Japan's carmaker Honda...

The secrets of another Japanese success story

June 12, 2013 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Japanese manufacturers have practically cornered the world market on components for lithium-ion batteries, films for LCDs and other advanced materials — with almost no competition from abroad. The secrets to their success are the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

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US leaker Snowden faces hard choices while hiding

June 12, 2013 11:53 am | by KELVIN K. CHAN & PETER ENAV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, has few options to stay one step ahead of the authorities while in apparent hiding. One possibility is to seek asylum in a place that does not have an extradition pact with the United States...

Secret program leaker Snowden goes dark in HK

June 12, 2013 11:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former CIA employee who suddenly burst into headlines around the globe by revealing himself as the source of top-secret leaks about U.S. surveillance programs has just as quickly gone to ground again. Two days after he checked out of a Hong Kong hotel where he told the Guardian newspaper...

Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

June 11, 2013 10:26 am | by ANDY WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

US secrets leaker has options to stay in Hong Kong

June 11, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American defense contractor who says he leaked information on classified U.S. surveillance programs could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him. Edward Snowden's whereabouts were not immediately known on Tuesday, although he was believed to be staying somewhere in the Chinese autonomous region...

Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come

June 11, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents. "We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.

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China marks decade of human spaceflight

June 10, 2013 12:15 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science.

Obama: US, China sailing 'uncharted' cyberwaters

June 10, 2013 11:48 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

The United States and China are in "uncharted waters" as they tackle the contentious issue of cybersecurity, President Barack Obama said following the opening round of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in the California desert.

Leak of NSA programs tests US, China ties

June 10, 2013 10:14 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

France's Hollande visits Japan to push nuke ties

June 6, 2013 11:27 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Japan on Thursday for a visit expected to focus on closer cooperation in nuclear energy technologies and on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic strategies. Hollande and Abe will hold summit talks that local media say may yield an agreement on cooperating in nuclear fuel cycle technology...

JR Tokai to start trial run of superconducting maglev train

June 6, 2013 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Central Japan Railway Co. will begin test runs in September to pave the way for launching a magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, marking a milestone in its half-century of efforts to develop an ultrahigh-speed superconducting train system.

Former dot.com star wants entrepreneurial Japan

June 5, 2013 11:00 am | by AZUSA UCHIKURA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Takafumi Horie, the Japanese dot.com celebrity imprisoned for nearly two years on securities fraud charges, is cooking up dozens of ventures and demanding the nation reduce regulation to give more opportunities to young entrepreneurs. Japan has embarked on an ambitious attempt to break its economy out of two decades of stagnation.

Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

June 5, 2013 10:48 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing's government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war

June 4, 2013 10:15 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

Taiwan makers showcase computers at Computex

June 3, 2013 2:33 am | by ANNIE HUANG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan's struggling PC makers are unveiling a new generation of ultra-thin laptops at the world's second-biggest computer show this week, even as they tap into the ever-expanding tablet market to help compensate for declining computer sales. It won't be an easy transition for them, but the makers...

China says looking forward to cyber talks with US

May 31, 2013 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking forward to "even-tempered talks" on cybersecurity when a Chinese military delegation meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, as Washington continues to press Beijing over the issue ahead of a summit next week.

Hong Kong’s three screens market expands

May 31, 2013 10:57 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In today’s highly-connected and increasingly mobile society, it has become almost a necessity for modern consumers in developed markets to have round-the-clock access to at least one of the three screens— laptop, media tablet and smartphone.

SKorea fosters startups as it seeks economic shift

May 30, 2013 11:58 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Among the policies aimed at nurturing a "creative economy," South Korea is pouring more than 3 trillion won ($2.7 billion) into funding startups, establishing a third stock market to help new ventures raise money, and changing laws to lower hurdles for crowd-funding.

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