Latest Beijing National Aquatics Center Stories

2010-12-16 14:34:32

Films instead of walls. This is an idea that fascinates architects all over the world. The Eden Project in Southern England, the National Aquatics Center built for swimming events at the Olympics in Beijing and the Allianz Arena in Munich are only three examples of what you can make from plastic sheets. Ethylene tetraflourethylene (ETFE), a transparent membrane, is especially popular because it enables buildings that shine in all colors as in Munich and Peking. But, we are not just talking...

2008-08-05 09:00:38

China's "big fish" stay away from Water Cube BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's swimming squad, which has been hiding from media over the months, finally made its first appearance at the Water Cube on Monday. But still, no big fish. "Today's training is a test for our relay teams," head coach Zhang Yadong said, explaining why those big names, like Wu Peng and Qi Hui, were missing out on the training. Zhang said the Chinese swimmers have been training at a downtown state training...

2008-07-18 09:00:00

Committed to a "green" Olympics, Beijing has built its key Game's venues into not only showpieces among the most imaginative and impressive architectural feats in the world, but also energy-saving role models. The National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest" for its unique latticework of interwoven steel, is considered a template for water conservation, with 70 percent of its supply coming from recycled water. "The recycled water will be used to wash the racetrack and water the plants...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'