3D-printing Skull and “Lufthansa Cemetery”


Microsoft has 19 days to explain to Chinese government the “compatibility and bundling issues with its software”. This round of “anti-foreign-companies’-trust blitz” has achieved its intended dramatic effect, but on Chinese social media, many internet users have left sarcastic comments demanding for the same investigation on Chinese state-owned enterprises.

Old-tech sectors are in storm, but new sectors look bright. The lucky Tesla is still expanding its power network: 400 Charging Outlets at China Unicom Retail Stores in 120 Cities, sending Tesla’s shares to a record high. For the less well-paid, Chinese government might collect a new tax on gasoline to fund companies to produce affordable electric cars. How will China generate all the electricity for the electric cars? Will it still use more coal than gas?

Surgeons at Xijing Hospital in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in Northwest China are rebuilding the skull of a man who suffered from brain damage with 3D-printing.  This pioneer surgery is not the first 3D-printing medical treatment in China. Peking University hospital has used this transformative technology to replace an essential bone in the spine of a 12-year-old Chinese boy, for the first time in the history.

Technology is great, but I feel a little anxious about a mobile fingerprint payment solution launched by Alipay Wallet, China’s largest third-party payment platform, and smartphone maker Huawei on Monday. Imagine a chain of gangster business stealing glasses touched by people in restaurants, or worse.

What about the bored young Chinese? New apps giving them chances to be listened to by strangers.  Or, they can buy a 16 dollar VR (Virtual Reality) Headset newly produced by Chinese Online Video Service Baofeng, which is said to deliver a viewing experience that is comparable with IMAX.

Finally, my favorite story of the week: someone has found a Babaoshan People’s Cemetery in Chongqing (NOT the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing) that uses the same logo as Lufthansa. The website of the cemetery is not accessible at the moment, but Chinese internet scouts have posted the screenshot of the logo online, along with other highly identical logos of foreign and Chinese brands: Cherry and Infiniti, Bently and Riich… Have fun!

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