Commercial production of shale gas could begin in China within 5 years

At the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, officials from the main participating companies said that China could potentially begin the commercial production of shale gas in the coming five-year period, provided that the country steps up its attempts in the direction of improving its extraction technology and lowering the cost.

Chinese railway scientist: China has mastered eddy-current braking technology

Chinese railway scientist Li Heping, a senior researcher of China Academy of Railway Sciences, has recently revealed that China has mastered a high-end braking technology which can stop the world's fastest trains, traveling at speeds of 500 kmph.

Ford recalling 196,500 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans over corrosion issue

In a recent statement made during the course of a telephonic interview, Ford Motors' spokeswoman Kelli Felker revealed that nearly 196,500 of the automaker's 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans are being recalled over a corrosion issue.

Felker also said that Ford was also recalling an additional 33,500 vehicles outside the US, nearly all of them in Canada.

Number of YouTube viewers in South Africa increased 80% in 2012

In a Thursday disclosure which evidently underscores the popularity of Google's YouTube video-sharing website, South Africa YouTube partnership manager Jared Molko revealed that, in 2012, the number of YouTube viewers in South Africa increased 80 percent; with uploads having witnessed a growth of 30 percent.