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A snake of colossal size was caught in a forest in China

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The picture of the largest snake ever captured, quickly made it around the world after a group of Chinese workers have posted the picture with the huge creatures on the internet. The same photo appeared initially on the first page of the People’s Daily newspaper, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China.

Witnesses say the gigantic boa is only one of the two found in a forest during works on a new road that had to cross the Guping town surroundings, in Jiangxi Province.

“During the excavations, one of the workers noticed a blood stain of considerable size, and after we kept digging, we discovered a dying snake of incredible size. At the same time, another giant boa snake appeared out of nowhere with his mouth wide open. I can only say to the driver remained paralyzed by fear, while his colleagues have fled to save their lives. When they returned, the driver of the excavator could not even stand up”, quoted from the original article.

More, the unfortunate driver was so shocked that he suffered a heart attack and died on way to hospital.

The dead snake measures almost 17 feet long and weighs about 300 kilograms. Experts biologists say such a monster must have been at least 140 years old.

Curious is that, shortly after Chinese officials agreed to publish the news, they denied their veracity, claiming that everything is a setup and that giant snakes were never before seen around town Guiping.

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China is hosting the 2010 Robot Olympiad !

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In an effort to produce as many robots with specific human qualities (flexibility in movement and fluency), China organizes next year the “Robots Olympics”, a 16 trials event.

To enter the competition, robots must have two arms and two legs, wheels being prohibited.

The organizers expect more than 100 universities throughout the world to send their competitors.

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IAD – Internet Addiction Disorder

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In August this year, debates on the topic of Internet Addiction Disorder came back in the spotlight after Heavensfield Retreat Center in Fall City, Washington, announced the first Web Detox Program in U.S., located, ironically, just a few miles from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Seattle.
I’m sure that everyone has a friend or a relative who just can’t detach psychologically or physically from the world of online gaming or social networking.
Or maybe you’re one of them. Raise your hand if you consider yourself addicted to the Internet. Don’t worry, no one will judge you…everybody’s online 😛

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For a sum of 14,500 dollars, Is considered that such an “addict” can be saved from himself and his virtual world at the end of 45 days of total Internet abstinence, spent at Heavensfield Retreat Center; out of here, the “patient” will step “as new” in the real world, completely cured of his obsession for Facebook, Second Life, online gambling and, why not, even SMS.
The center founders considered Internet addiction an extremely serious problem, considering that statistics say Internet affects between 6 and 10% of the internet users population.
How do you know you’re one of them? A list of 12 “signs and symptoms” was posted on the website of the new so-called “restart Internet Addiction Recovery Program”, and contains indicators such as an euphoric high mood when you’re involved in activities on the Internet”, “dishonesty towards others” and “physical changes such as fattening or weight loss, back pain, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome” (the latter being a persistent pain in the wrist caused by frenetic use of the keyboard).
And if, as according to the site’s specialists three or four positive responses to questions from the questionnaire suggest that you “abuse Internet”, five and above five show a clear dependence.

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The first patient enrolled in the American program is called Ben Alexander of Iowa City, has 19 years, and his favorite game was until recently World of Warcraft (connoisseurs know why). “I played until I fall asleep with my head on the keyboard” he told in a television interview.
As the program is proud of the fact that he offers patients individualized treatment, in Alexander’s case, this meant pay more attention to his former hobbies: biology and cross-country crosses. Currently, out of “rehab”, although he does not “see” himself giving up totally on the Internet, considers however that he returned to a more “balanced” lifestyle.
Promoting a life free of internet access is not the intention of the founders of the clinic. “We are not anti-technology” said Hilary Cash, executive director of the Center. “It’s just about helping the technology-dependent people to overcome the critical period and to reintegrate them psychologically in the real world in a positive way.

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The Internet rehab “fashion” is far from being an American concept. “Both China and South Korea have identified Internet addiction as a public health problem”, U.S. program founders stated in a press release. “By comparison, the United States have been slower to recognize and react to this problem, and only now appeared the first concrete measures. Our program is part of this process.
In China, a total of over 400 private rehabilitation clinics are offering their services for years to the 10 million Chinese teenagers addicted to internet, according to estimates: that’s 10% of the 100 million Internet users in the country.

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4646 – The longest way

Christoph Rehage, a 27 years old young German caused a sensation on the Internet with this video! The young man has photographed himself during a journey through China!
Then, back home, Christoph has assembled and installed the photos as a five minutes video through which he managed to tell the story of a hiking over 4600 km.
Rehage confessed that the idea came to him after watching the material with Matt Harding, the man that filmed himself dancing all over Asia, but also after that of Noah, the man who made a photo of himself every day for 6 years.

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The most polluted city in the world

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Blacksmith Institute, an organization based in New York that supports environmental projects against pollution, recently conducted a study of the most polluted cities in the world.
Research reveals that Linfen, located in the Chinese province of Shanxi, is the most polluted city in the world.
According to the authors, the conclusion is due to accumulation of large amounts of coal dust in the atmosphere and the presence of other harmful particles from industrial emissions and from the use of motor vehicles.
The situation is reflected, say researchers in the health of the 3 million inhabitants.

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China, 60 years of communism. Beijing military force demonstration

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

The most populated nation in the world celebrates today six decades since the founding of the PRC. Giant festivities began with 60 gun salutes, one for each year of existence of the communist state.
The anniversary has been prepared for months by the Army battalions of “volunteers” who marched in Beijing, they danced and praised the communist regime and the 60 years of great achievements. 52 military battle equipment entirely by domestic production were exposed. 90% of them have been seen now for the first time.

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A “mummy” is terrorizing people on a beach in Qingdao, China

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A Chinese, mother of two, frightened the people on a beach in Qingdao, China, when she appeared in public dressed as a ghost.
May Lee, from Qingdao, east China, has created her own costume for jogging, which totally protects her against sunlight. The woman started cutting out her jogging outfit after reading about the harmful effects of sun and the risk of skin cancer.
The tourists came on holiday have been shocked by the Chinese’s outfit.

“It looks like a ghost or an Egyptian mummy with a scarlet face. It is very strange,” said a passerby.

Lee explained the gesture: “I love to run on the beach, but I don’t want to burn my skin, so I cover myself totally”.

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