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China Develops Seawater Rice That Can Feed 200 Million People

This could end world hunger!

World hunger may no longer exist in the near future. China has just developed a new grain of rice that thrives in seawater. The amazing development could feed up to 200 million people on a regular basis.

Researchers took their plan to a field in the coastal city of Qingdao in the eastern Shandong province in China. The location was chosen for its vicinity to the Yellow Sea. The scientists planted up to 200 different types of grain to see which would grow best in salty conditions. One particular grain thrived, delivering up to 9.3 tonnes of rice per hectare.

China has been developing the seawater rice for several decades.

This is certainly a promising development. There are one million square kilometers of Chinese land that have been deemed unfit for growing crops due to high salinity. The new grain should change this, allowing the areas to be used for agriculture.

Yuan Longping, who led the team in the project, is understandably hopeful with the outcome.

“If a farmer tries to grow some types of saline-tolerant rice now, they most likely will get 1,500 kilograms per hectare. That is just not profitable and not even worth the effort. Farmers will have an incentive to grow the rice if we can double the yield.”

The seawater rice reportedly has great health benefits.

The seawater rice is currently being sold for 50 yuan ($7) per kilogram. Although it’s more expensive than regular rice, scientists believe that the cost will go down once there are more crops in the future. Interestingly, six tons of the grain has already been sold.

In addition to being resistant to high salinity, the seawater rice is reportedly higher in calcium than ordinary rice. Consumers have also claimed that it has great flavor and texture.

It’s off to a slow start but there is little doubt that this will be a major development in the future. Let’s hope that China can continue growing the seawater rice for the rest of the world.

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China Plans to Launch a “Fake Moon” to Save on Electricity Costs

They are planning to put the fake moon into orbit by 2020.

In terms of replicating stuff, it seems that China can do it all. From designer clothes to gadgets, there's practically no limit to what the Chinese can copy. This latest venture will only enforce that belief. As the reports tell us, China is planning to create an "artificial moon" that will actually launch into orbit.

For what, you may ask? It's to replace street lights and save on energy costs in the process. According to Chinese scientists, this man-made moon is essentially an illuminated satellite.

They plan to put the fake moon into orbit by 2020.

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“There Is No God,” Wrote Stephen Hawking In His Final Book

“There is no God. No one directs the universe.” – Stephen Hawking

He passed away last March 2018 at the age of 76 but British physicist Stephen Hawking, who is considered as one of his generation’s most brilliant scientists, isn’t done making headlines yet. In his last book published just recently, he discussed several controversial topics.

Entitled "Brief Answers to the Big Questions," the book tackles everything from Hawking’s belief about extraterrestrial life and the possibility of time travel, among many others. He also took time to speak about God and the statement has since gained mixed reaction from the public.

"There is no God. No one directs the universe," reads an excerpt from Stephen Hawking’s final book.

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115,000-Year-Old Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child Was Eaten By A Giant Bird

The story behind Poland’s oldest human remains is a little hard to swallow.

The oldest human remains discovered in Poland were found a few years ago, but it’s only recently that scientists have uncovered the unfortunate fate of the Neanderthal to whom they once belonged. Polish researchers recently identified the fossils as the remains of a human child.

The small hand bones were found in a cave in Southern Poland's Malopolska region, according to Science in Poland, a Polish government-funded site. Researchers recently did a lab analysis of what was first believed to be just animals bones, but some were eventually identified as human bones.

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