China Overtakes America in Technology- Green Energy, Supercomputer and More

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China is one of the fast developing countries in the world.  It is also gaining fast recognition in technological advances.  Recently China unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer.

According to a news item published in Yahoo News China is ready to overtake the United States in several key technological areas.  

Energy Secretary Steven Chu likened a series of Chinese milestones to the Soviet Union's landmark 1957 satellite, Sputnik, that led the United States into the space race. The Chinese super computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee. China now uses more coal than the United States, Europe and Japan combined, making it the world's largest emitter of gases that are warming the planet. According to a New York Time report, while the United States is still debating whether to build a more efficient kind of coal-fired power plant that uses extremely hot steam, China has begun building such plants at a rate of one a month. Recently China demonstrated its military prowess, rattling the Western world, by shooting down an old weather satellite.

"America still has the opportunity to lead in a world that will need essentially a new industrial revolution to give us the energy we want inexpensively but carbon-free," Chu said.

"But I think time is running out," said Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

Chu, however, will enjoy little political leeway when he heads to Cancun, Mexico, where representatives of more than 190 countries on Monday opened two weeks of talks on drafting a new global treaty to stem climate change.


Source: Yahoo News

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