According to Mongolian historians, much of the series' plot plays fast and loose with the facts.
It's a long-range plan -- like 50 years long! -- but China has begun making serious noises about mining the moon for a form of helium that's rare here but not so rare on our little lunar buddy.
A Chinese spacecraft service module has entered orbit around the moon, months after being used in the country's landmark test flight that sent a prototype sample-return capsule on a flight around the moon.
This nation surrounded by water patrols its coastal seas with a defense force and is strong relative to its geographic neighborhood, but it's a bit more modestly powerful in global terms. Trace explains.
See images from the 2015 Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, home of the world's largest ice sculptures.
Air pollution in Beijing dropped about 4 percent last year, though levels of dangerous particulate matter remained more than three times the recommended limit.
China and North Korea have been treaty partners and official allies since 1961. Given the obvious disparities between the two nations, what does each get from their alliance, and can it hold up much longer? Tara explains.
Negotiators will meet to thrash out details of the next global climate pact, which is already shaping up as an improvement on the Kyoto Protocol. Continue reading →
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