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In Photos, Chinese Farmer Builds Apocalypse-Proof ‘Noah’s Ark’ Pods

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Liu Qiyuan, a Chinese farmer from the village of Qiantun in northern Hebei Province, located just south of Beijing, has built what he describes as “Noah’s Ark” survival pods in case of a cataclysmic event. Liu was inspired by the blockbuster film “2012” and the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Indonesia and Thailand in 2004 and killed hundreds of thousands, reported AFP. He hopes that his circular pods are adopted by government agencies and international organizations in the event of earthquakes and tsunamis. His seven pods, which are airtight, are made out of a fiberglass shell wrapped around a steel frame. They are able to float on water. Some of them even have their own propulsion device installed. They also come complete with oxygen tanks and can hold as many as 14 people.  The Dec. 21, 2012, Mayan prophecy, which some people have interpreted as the end of the world, struck a nerve with ordinary Chinese after the “2012” film gained popularity there in 2009. Last month,…

North Korea Sends Rocket Into Space

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea defied the likelihood of more sanctions by the United Nations Security Council to launch a rocket on Wednesday, demonstrating that the government of its new leader,Kim Jong-un, was pressing ahead to master the technology needed to deliver a nuclear warhead on intercontinental ballistic missiles. Enlarge This Image Geoeye The Sohae rocket launching facility in Cholsan County in North Pyongan Province, North Korea. Related Times Topic: North Korea Connect With Us on Twitter Follow@nytimesworldfor international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image KNS/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  defied the likelihood of more sanctions by the United Nations Security Council to launch a rocket Wednesday. The Unha-3, or Galaxy-3, rocket blasted off from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri on North Korea’s western coast near China on Wednesday morning, a spokesman for South …