Cauldron of Turquoise Look into the craters of volcanic Mount Mutnovsky and this lovely turquoise lake of sulfuric acid stares back. Mutnovsky sits near the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula, a hotbed of roughly 300 volcanoes. Oil's Well That Ends Well A tower belches smoke over the Moscow Oil Refinery in the Chagino-Kapotnya industrial zone. Russia is the world’s top oil producing nation, producing more than 10.5 million barrels per day in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Tanks A Lot A T-72B1 tank blasts off a round as part of the 2017 Tank Biathlon Competition at the Sergeyevsky training ground. Like an Olympic biathlon, the competition involves several trials of racing and target shooting — but in tanks. Welcome to Moscow 17 million people reside in and around Moscow, the capital city of Russia. First established as a trading route on the serpentine Moskva river, Moscow is now the seat of Russian government and one of the … [Read more...] about The Frozen North: Stunning Images of Russia from Above
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On a recent night out in Beijing, a friend in her late 20s sent me a message on WeChat to ask which new restaurant I’d like to try: Thai or Italian? Then she sent me a location “pin” on the popular Chinese social-messaging app to help me navigate to the chosen address. After dinner, we took selfies while clinking cocktail glasses, and she enhanced our pixels using MeituPic, a popular photo retouching app, to virtually brighten our lipstick and smooth any dark circles under our eyes before posting the photos to her WeChat timeline with the caption “Fabulous dinner!” While I got up to hand my credit card to the waiter, my friend transmitted her half of the bill to my WeChat Wallet account with a few clicks on her gold iPhone 6. As we strolled outside toward the Workers’ Stadium, enjoying the balmy spring evening, she hailed a taxi using the app Didi Chuxing, which arranges 14 million rides a day in China. A driver would pick her up in three … [Read more...] about The Best and Worst Internet Experience in the World
Maybe it’s the climate, the low taxes, or the general friendliness, but whatever it is, Texas is king when it comes to attracting population growth in the United States. According to recently released Census Bureau data, three of the top five fastest growing cities are in Texas, largely thanks to the booming tech industry that has emerged in the Lone Star State. But even outside of Texas, many of the fastest growing cities by population are hotbeds of technological innovation, headed by none other than New York, whose Silicon Alley is fast rivaling California’s Silicon Valley.Much like Glassdoor’s recently released list of the 25 Best Cities for Jobs, a common thread amongst the most attractive locations seems to be what they offer in the way of career opportunities. And no industry seems hotter right now than the tech industry. While the brogrammers of San Francisco, Menlo Park, and Mountainview have long held a monopoly on the tech … [Read more...] about Tech cities in Texas are the fastest growing in the U.S.
No development in engineering better embodies the modern world than the skyscraper. Born out of a messy conflux of aesthetic, economic, and structural needs, skyscrapers are a dominant fixture of every major city in the world. Piercing the heavens, they are a testament to man’s mastery of the fundamental forces of nature and to our ravenous ambition. Great works of architecture are a status symbol for the cultures that develop them. Just as a banker might sport a Rolex on his wrist, the great cities of the world clothe themselves in coliseums and cathedrals. The first skyscraper was proposed in the late 1800s, and as the technology needed to build such a structure developed, these high-rises became the building of the 20th century. They now serve as imposing, tumescent symbols of power for cities like New York. Architecture is and always has been a competitive scene. Cities and governments want buildings more impressive than anyone else, and … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
For many in the West, Asia is viewed as a large monolithic geographic area with some slight differences among regions. However, a more-informed understanding is that there are several market segments, and an understanding of some of the key differences between segments is valuable to developing effective market strategies.Today, both India and China are propelled by strong economic momentum. Historically, they both also had a deep and lasting cultural influence on much of Asia. An awareness of this history is useful in developing effective business strategies.Japan, the second-largest economy in the world, is part of Asia. It has historically been the "best" Asian market for most companies, but this is rapidly changing as the China-India momentum builds.It is useful to get a sense of the scale of the opportunity. An examination of the worldwide Internet population shows Internet activity concentrated in the U.S. and Europe.China, Japan and Korea have a rapidly developing Internet … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The Asian E-Commerce Opportunity
Portland, Ore., August 23, 2016 – Inc. magazine has ranked Digital Trends as No. 2292 on it’s 35th annual Inc. 5000 list, representing a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies! The list celebrates innovation and entrepreneurial success and is the place where future household names first make their mark, including companies such as Pandora, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Yelp.Honorees are ranked according to the percentage growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period. Digital Trends saw a whopping 158% growth and $20.5 million total in generated revenue. In addition, the companies on the list this year collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. About Digital TrendsDigital Trends is a leading consumer technology publisher helping people navigate an increasingly digital world. With easy-to-understand product reviews, entertaining news … [Read more...] about Digital Trends named one of the fastest growing private companies in America
Google is joining five other companies to lay a 6,200-mile undersea cable linking the U.S. and Japan.Its partners in the so-called Unity cable project are telecommunications providers Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI, Pacnet and SingTel.Construction, to cost about US$300 million, will begin immediately.The Unity cable will connect Los Angeles and other sites on the West Coast to Chikura, which is off the coast near Tokyo.At Chikura, it will be connected to other cable systems serving other Asian countries.That's not surprising because "much of intra-Asia capacity hubs through Japan," Eric Schoonover, an analyst at TeleGeography Research, told TechNewsWorld.NEC Corporation and Tyco Telecommunications will construct and install the cable.Initially, the Unity cable will have five pairs of optical fibers, with each pair having a capacity of up to 960 Gbps (gigabits per second).It can be expanded to have a total of eight pairs of optical fibers.That capacity may be needed desperately: … [Read more...] about Google Chips In to Build Trans-Pacific Telecom Cable
This is an interesting story that no one is really talking about yet. If all goes according to the plans of Philip Falcone, Harbinger Capital Partners will turn into the newest competitor in the wireless industry."LightSquared," as the new venture will be called, will offer a wireless data service that sounds a lot like what Clearwire is doing. It will also compete with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile on the wireless data side of their businesses.Clearwire seems to be doing well at this early stage in its buildout. So what are the odds that Harbinger will be the next successful company in the wireless space? It has no brand name, but it does have someone who likes to try new things and succeed.If I were writing my next book on this man and company and opportunity, I would say this is one of the most interesting stories we have seen in the last 10 to 20 years. What happens next has everyone guessing. A few years ago, my brother worked with Phil Falcone, founder of Harbinger and … [Read more...] about OPINION Who in the Wireless World Is Philip Falcone?
Clinical Trials PPD, Inc. announced it has opened a vaccine clinical research center in Taizhou, China, further strengthening its clinical research and development services in one of the country's major regions for conducting vaccine studies. Through the center, PPD will provide clinical monitoring services to global and local biopharmaceutical companies seeking to develop vaccines in China.Located at the Taizhou China Medical City, the center will help biopharmaceutical companies address unique requirements for conducting vaccine clinical trials in the country. Vaccine studies in China are conducted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention instead of at Phase 1 clinics or by investigators at hospitals, and they require thousands of patients for enrollment, compared to hundreds for studies conducted in other countries. Yet, China has a short recruitment period for vaccine trials."The vaccines market is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry, and in China … [Read more...] about PPD Opens New Research Center in China
Data Analysis Test laboratory for solar technology in New Mexico Press Release 10.06.2010 As part of a joint venture with the VDE Institute and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, Fraunhofer has joined in laying the cornerstone for a new international test laboratory for photovoltaic modules. A city in one of the sunniest states in the US, Albuquerque, New Mexico, was selected to serve as the site of the new facility. Every second, the earth’s surface receives roughly as much energy from the sun as it would take to satisfy the energy needs of all of humankind for half a day. If researchers could succeed in harnessing this enormous potential effectively and at a reasonable cost, our energy problems would be solved. To this end, the many facets of solar energy need to be addressed. “The photovoltaics sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world,” remarks Prof. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. … [Read more...] about Test laboratory for solar technology in New Mexico