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China Is Willing to Spend $168 Million to Make It Rain!

China has resorted to cloud seeding to make it rain in areas where there are alarming water shortages.

With China topping the World Health Organization’s list for deadliest outdoor pollution, it’s no wonder they want to try to control their weather just to dampen the effects of pollution. And their latest endeavor? Paying millions to make it rain!

China is now in the process of using technology to help control the weather. This process is called cloud seeding, wherein an aircraft will fly above the clouds to sprinkle them with substances like silver iodide or dry ice. These substances will then induce nucleation. Nucleation is when water in the air is condensed and turned into ice, which then turns into rain.

These cloud seeding planes release substances onto clouds to induce rain.

According to the Chinese, this process has indeed helped increase precipitation by up to 55 billion cubic meters from 2006 to 2016. And with this success, China has plans to build four new aircraft and upgrade to eight planes with 900 rocket launch systems. All of this goes towards their efforts to help make it rain in areas that have a dry climate and frequent water shortages, such as Western China.

Western China is a dry area that frequently experiences water shortage.

Source: Reuters

This isn’t China’s first attempt at changing the weather. Back in the 2008 Olympics, China used the cloud seeding technique to induce rain showers just outside the city. They did this to ensure that the oncoming rain wouldn’t interfere with the Olympic games inside the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Now with that in mind, we have yet to learn how these intense cloud seeding efforts will affect China’s weather in the long term.

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15 Breathtaking Images From the Outer Space, Captured by NASA

Thank you, NASA, for showing us what it’s like out there.

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For almost six decades now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has brought us priceless knowledge about the outer space. From the controversial moon landing to the discovery of exoplanets and of galaxies far, far away - we have NASA to thank for. Sure we can't all relate to the maths and physics involved in NASA's operations, but they give us one thing that all of us can definitely relate to - magnificent images of the outer space.

NASA has been taking awesome photos of the universe through its advanced equipment and, mind you, it's not the kind of stuff that we see every day. So, without further ado, here are a few of the images that NASA has captured and has shared for all of us Earthlings to see in all its breathtaking, thousand-megapixels glory.

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If Humans Evolved From Apes, Why Do Apes Still Exist?

Why do chimpanzees still exist if we evolved from them?

It is a fairly common piece of scientific knowledge that humans evolved from monkeys. However, we only share 93% of our DNA with, say, a rhesus monkey. The more precise truth is that humans evolved from chimpanzees, with whom we share 99% of our DNA. Other than the homogeneity of DNA, scientists also have a wealth of evidence illustrating that chimpanzees and humans exhibit eerily similar physical and psychological behaviors.

Humans and chimpanzees are members of the order Primates. Physically, both species are huge, bipedal (chimps and bonobos, to some extent), highly dexterous and tailless. Neurobiologically, both species possess a large brain that, most importantly, shelters an exceedingly dense cortex, the part of our brain allegedly responsible for intelligence. Psychologically, both species illustrate a propensity to form complex social groups.

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The First Vertical Forest in Asia Can Produce 132 Pounds of Oxygen Per Day!

This 3,500-plant vertical forest is an architectural marvel built to regenerate local biodiversity.

The Nanjing Towers in Nanjing, China will be the first ever vertical forest in Asia. The two towers stand at 656 feet and 354 feet, respectively, and they can house 1,000 trees and 2,500 shrubs from various local species.

However, it's not just a tower filled with plants, as the taller of the two towers will also house offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. As for the smaller tower, guests can lounge in the rooftop pool and stay in the 247-room Hyatt hotel.

The Nanjing Towers were created to help regenerate local biodiversity in the area.

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