Weekly News N107 – Jetpack – Housing in Beijing – World press freedom Index – New battery technology

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  • LEVEL 1: Jetpack is the best way to get to work!

    The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. A Shenzhen company just introduced world’s first jetpack, and it should be available for sale in the second half of 2016. It can lift 120 kilograms, reach a maximum speeds of 80 km per hour, and fly for 45 minutes. The jetpack is not cheap, 2,000,000 RMB per unit, but the company already received orders from 200 clients.

  • LEVEL 2: Beijing is world's most expensive city to rent a flat

    An English organization compared salaries and rents in 15 great international cities and says Beijing is the most expensive one. By March, home prices in Beijing rose 18% compared to the year before, and the average rent price was $789 per month. As this represents more than the average local salary, it means that normal workers cannot live alone in the city center, which also explains why Beijing has the second longest commute with an average of 104 minutes per round trip.

  • LEVEL 3: China comes in 176th position in 2016 World Press Freedom Index

    China maintained its ranking at 176 in the annual World Press Freedom Index, only beating Syria, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. Released each year by the international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the index ranks 180 countries and territories according to the freedom allowed to journalists. 5 out of the 10 first countries are from North of Europe, and countries like the US, UK or France rank around 40. The Paris-based organization also issued a list of “current enemies of the internet”, and China does not rank well neither.

  • LEVEL 4: Californian chemists create battery technology with amazing charging capacity

    US researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. This could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft. And all this happened by chance, as a researcher accidentally coated gold nanowires in manganese dioxide shells with a Plexiglas-like gel. First tests on a prototype have shown that it could be recharged 200,000 times without any sign of damage, while current batteries die after 5 to 6000 cycles at most.