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A farmer in China has spared the life of a two-legged lamb after being inspired by its struggle to survive. Farmer Cui Jinxiu, from Laizhou in the Shandong province, said the lamb was one of two born last month. 

The family thought the lamb wouldn’t survive, but were struck by the creature’s strong desire to live. Moved by the lamb’s tenacity, Cui started to feed it using a baby bottle. “It is very strong willed and brave,” she said. (Source)

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No, Beijing residents are NOT watching fake sunrises on giant TVs because of pollution

Over the weekend, a story that originated on the smut-ridden UK-based Daily Mail went viral among major media outlets across the world. Time, CBS, and the Huffington Post were among the dozens of online news media who published stories about Beijing residents flocking to giant TV screens to see fake sunrises during heavy pollution last week. Most of these stories were accompanied by the same photo of a massive TV screen in Tiananmen Square with a sunrise appearing on it.

In truth, that sunrise was probably on the screen for less than 10 seconds at a time, as it was part of an ad for tourism in China’s Shandong province. The ad plays every day throughout the day all year round no matter how bad the pollution is. The photographer simply snapped the photo at the moment when the sunrise appeared. Look closely, and you can even see the Shandong tourism logo in the bottom right corner. The photo was credited to ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images, so a Daily Mail reporter did not take it.

In fact, Daily Mail reporter James Nye, who apparently quoted a traffic coordinator in Beijing, lives in New York City, according to his Twitter profile. CBS went so far as to copy that quote. The quote, in which the man complained about the pollution, originally came from an unrelated Associated Press story published a day earlier.

Yes, Beijing is polluted, as we at Tech in Asia have also been critical of, but this story is complete bullshit. International media should be embarrassed for not taking even a moment to second guess the Daily Mail, one of the least reputable news sources in the UK.

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Fake windows on building for ‘decoration’

The government of Qingdao, Shandong Province has responded to queries over fake windows painted on the outside of a block of low-cost apartments in the city, saying the windows are there for aesthetic reasons.

According to a report from China National Radio, the appearance of painted windows on a new tower block sparked rumors on the Internet, with some asking whether the government was cutting corners in a bid to save money.

Others asked whether the construction company had cheated the government in order to increase its profit margin.

A CNR reporter visiting the site confirmed the existence of the painted windows and said that the building would not look any worse without them.

The local government said the tower block had been built in strict accordance with the design of the planning department and the painted windows were just for decoration.

via China Daily

China's Shandong to exhibit 500 horses buried alive 2,500 yrs ago

JINAN, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) – More than 500 horses entombed alive with a deceased emperor about 2,500 years ago will be restored and exhibited to the public next year, the Zibo city government in east China’s Shandong Province said on Friday.

The owner of the tomb, Qi Jinggong, was an emperor of the Qi State during the late Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC). Archaeologists said most of the horses were aged six to seven when they were buried in order to “accompany” the emperor underground, a common tradition for the time.

The discovery provides valuable information with regard to the history, economy, military and burials of ancient China.

The local government said it would invest more than 70 million yuan (11 mln U.S. dollars) to excavate and preserve the ancient horse pit over the next three to five years. (source)

Imam Du Shuzheng rebelled against her family more than 50 years ago to become a female imam in China. She has trained more than 70 women to become imams, but now there are few girls who want to enter the profession because of its low pay. Chinese Muslims have an age old tradition of female imams and female-only mosques run by women for women as spiritual, social, and charitable centers.

Women’s mosques began as a Quranic school for girls. These sprang up in the late 17th century in central China, including Shanxi and Shandong provinces. They morphed into women’s mosques about 100 years ago, starting in Henan province.

A family of lemurs settle down to a meal at the Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, Shandong province

Picture: REUTERS/China Daily

Curves of constant width

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The width of a circle is constant: its diameter.

But the circle is not the only shape that holds this pristine title. For instance let’s look at the Reuleaux triangle

Reuleaux triangle

A Reuleaux triangle is a shape formed from the intersection of three circular disks, each having its center on the boundary of the other two.

The Reuleaux triangle is the first of a sequence of Reuleaux polygons, curves of constant width formed from regular polygons with an odd number of sides.

Some of these curves have been used as the shapes of coins

To drill square holes.

They are not entirely square, their edges are fillets i.e the edges are rounded and not sharp.

This animation offers a good insight as to why that is so.

And in china, apparently on bicycles.

The man Guan Baihua shows his self-made multi-angle-wheel bicycle on May 6, 2009 in Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. Guan Baihua spent 18 months to complete this strange bicycle.


Other shapes of constant width

There are other shapes of constant width beside the Reuleaux triangle ( that has been discussed in this post ), a whole bunch of them really. Do take a look at them. ( links below )

I will leave you guys with my favorite one.


More:

If this post fascinated you, i strongly suggest you check these out. They go in-depth with the mathematics that underlies these curves and talk about other cool stuff:

An animation of non-circular rollers

Shapes and Solids of Constant Width - Numberphile  

Shapes of constant width

Reuleaux Polygons,           


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For those who are wondering if these are something that one would stumble upon on a regular basis. You may not find perfect ones but similiar ones definitely.

I found mine on a really old BMI calculator thingy. ( not sure what you would call it )

Have fun exploring !

Recording-breaking blooms of the algae Enteromorpha prolifera washed up on China’s beaches in Shandong province over the summer. It’s not toxic to people, but it is to other marine life, hogging most of the oxygen in the ecosystem and doing a fair amount of damage. (Source)

Doctors Discover A Woman With No Cerebellum

A 24-year-old woman complaining of dizziness and nausea was admitted to a hospital in Shandong Province recently, where she told doctors she had struggled with balance all her life. When doctors performed a brain scan, they immediately noticed the problem: The woman was missing her cerebellum.

The cerebellum, which is Latin for “little brain,” is a small lump of brain matter situated below and toward the rear of the brain’s two cerebral hemispheres. So densely packed are its neurons, that despite accounting for just 10% of the brain’s volume, the cerebellum manages to cram in more than half of the brain’s total neurons. To go about one’s life without a cerebellum, it should go without saying, is far from common; in the August 22 issue of Brain, doctors led by neurosurgeon Feng Yu report the woman is one of just nine people known to have done so. That Yu’s team documented her condition while she was alive makes the discovery all the more exceptional.

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Ancient tomb and artifacts discovered in East China

JINAN, April 24 (Xinhua-ANI): Chinese archaeologists have discovered a tomb where an ancient warlord may have once rested, as well as a collection of artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years.

The tomb was found near a tourist resort in Yishui county in east China's Shandong province in January. Several bronze weapons, musical utensils, pieces of jade jewelry and ritual utensils have been unearthed from the site since then.

Judging from the size of the tomb and the scale and type of artifacts it contained, it may have contained the body of a dignitary who lived about 2,600 years ago during the Eastern Zhou Period (770 - 256 BC), said Hao Daohua, a researcher from the Shandong Archaeology Research Institute and leader of the excavation project.

The Eastern Zhou Period was a chaotic time in Chinese history, marked by wars between the small kingdoms that occupied several areas in east and central China. Read more.

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You might be overcome with joy after seeing this tree located in Xia Park in Jinan, east China’s Shandong Province, thinking that you may have discovered some secret martial arts techniques like the Wuxia novels have described. But unfortunately, they are simply some Tai Chi movements recently painted on the tree. The artwork was created by a group of designers after the gardeners at the park removed the decayed bark to restore the tree’s health.

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain!

A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she’d had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn’t walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.

Doctors did a CAT scan and immediately identified the source of the problem – her entire cerebellum was missing (see scan). The space where it should be was empty of tissue. Instead it was filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain and provides defence against disease.

The cerebellum – sometimes known as the “little brain” – is located underneath the two hemispheres. It looks different from the rest of the brain because it consists of much smaller and more compact folds of tissue. It represents about 10 per cent of the brain’s total volume but contains 50 per cent of its neurons.

Read more:
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from Daily Anatomy

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Happy Lantern Festival!

With Thursday marking China’s spectacular Lantern Festival, special celebrations are being held in cities across the country.

In Qihe county of Shandong province, one aquarium marked the day with an underwater performance of mermaids carrying lanterns.

In other cities, parades, dragon dancing, family feasts and lantern shows are being held for the occasion. What about you? What do you like to do for the lantern festival? Share it with us.