China has recently launched the first ever train service that travels from the country all the way to Britain. The train will cover about 12,000 miles and will pass Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before reaching its destination at Barking, east London.
The locomotive left China last January 1, 2017 and is expected to arrive at Britain after completing its 18-day journey.
It carries goods including bags, clothes, socks, suitcases, and other household items.
By comparison, the train is more cost-effective than air freight and much faster than sea cargo.
Of course, this transportation feat is done as part of the “One Belt, One Road” strategy of President Xi Jinping with the goal of connecting Asia with Europe and Africa by taking advantage of Silk Road trading routes.
The freight train project was introduced to the world the same day as the launching of China Central Television, the country’s biggest network.
In an interview, Xi encouraged the network to “tell China’s story well… and showcase China’s role as a builder of world peace”.
Meanwhile, the China Railway Corporation says that the project aims to strengthen trade and investment ties between China and European nations.
There are currently 39 routes linking 16 Chinese cities to 12 European cities.
With various railway tracks along the journey, it is not possible for a single train to travel the entire route and so some of the containers will have to be reloaded or removed at different points.
According to reports, UK is the 8th country to be added to the China-Europe route with London being the 12th European city.
How To Get Out of Bad Mood, According To Science
The next time you’re feeling down, you might want to give this trick a try.
Controlling one’s mood, especially after a bad argument, may seem to be difficult, if not impossible. However, science tells us that it can actually be done and it’s really not as hard as it sounds.
According to researchers from the University of Exeter in England, you can get hold of your emotion by doing this – focusing on the details of the argument and then imagining how it could have been different. This, the experts say, will help individuals ‘snap out’ of the negative feelings.
The research ran for six weeks and it involved individuals who suffered from clinical depression.
This Floating Gym in Paris Converts Human Energy to Utility-Grade Electricity
Now, that’s one reason to exercise!
How many times have we convinced ourselves to exercise regularly only to lose the drive to work out a few days into the program? We have continuously recited silent mantras in our head in an effort to persevere, only to lose from the comfort of our warm and cozy beds and, well, the irresistible taste of that succulent steak. True, being fit and healthy requires will and determination - something that is not innate of everyone.
Interestingly, Carlo Ratti Associati, an Italian innovation and design firm, thought of a brilliant way to encourage people to exercise, and at the same time, harness human power.
They created a boat that will require its passengers to exercise to keep it sailing along the River Seine. The boat will utilize the pedal power and convert it to utility-grade electricity. In the event that there aren't enough people aboard, energy will be harnessed from the photovoltaic cells installed on the boat's roof. Pretty creative, huh?
Chili Peppers Help Reduce Cancer Risk, Experts Confirmed
According to a research, chili peppers can help kill and prevent cancer cells from multiplying.
Cancer is considered as one of the most common causes of death these days. Fortunately, experts have found out that eating chili peppers can reduce the risk of having this fatal disease.
An active ingredient called Capsaicin has been found to be an effective ingredient to fight cancer cells. Researchers from the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany claimed that the said component can destroys the membranes of the cancer cells, causing its damage.
Experts suggest that eating chili peppers can help prevent cancer.
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