Turn your back on China for one minute and they go and pull off something like quantum teleportation.
On the heels the announcement that China is now the world's second largest economy, the red giant made waves in the world of science as well. Namely, they found a way to send messages using teleportation! While it's not quite the "beam me up Scotty" brand of sending objects through space, it's still very, very cool (from the Time article):
You'd think that would be enough awesome for one country, but on top of this China is dominating the world of deep sea exploration with their new Jiaolong submersible. It's a truck sized vehicle that is designed to go deeper into the ocean than other subs, giving China access to a host of seabed booty ... and I don't mean treasure chests (from the New York Times):
China may still be only the second largest economy, but if they keep up this kind of innovation they'll take number one in no time. Get on it America, we need to invent hover cars, force fields or invisibility cloaks stat!