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Science Editorial: Space for Nature[Sep 18, 2018]

How much of the planet should we leave for other forms of life? This is a question humanity must now grapple with. The global human population is 7.6 billion and anticipated to increase to around 10 billion by the middle of the century. Consumption is also projected to increase, with demands for food and water more than doubling by 2050. Simply put, there is finite space and energy on the planet, and we must decide how much of it we're willing to share. This question requires deep consideration as it will determine the fate of millions of species and the health and well-being of future generations.

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Scientific Findings Reveal Qinghai-Tibet Plateau's Past, Future[Sep 11, 2018]

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, now dotted with glaciers and lakes, was a lot different from what it was like tens of millions of years ago and its landscape may continue to change, according to the findings of Chinese scientists.

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Glaciers on Qinghai-Tibet plateau shrink 15 percent in past 50 years[Sep 07, 2018]

Glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and neighboring regions have shrunk by 15 percent in the past half a century, a researcher said. Meanwhile, the permafrost has shrunk by 16 percent, said Yao Tandong, chief scientist of China's second comprehensive scientific expedition to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, when releasing the initial expedition discoveries Wednesday.

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Chinese Scientists Perform Genetic Surgery to Create First Single-chromosome Yeast[Aug 03, 2018]

Scientists at the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology used CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing to create a single-chromosome yeast strain. This study shows that all the genetic information can be concentrated in just one chromosome. It may also pave the way for new man-made species in the future.

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Chinese Scientists Set New Quantum Entanglement Record[Jul 04, 2018]

Chinese scientists have set a world record for entanglement of 18 quantum bits, keeping their lead in the field of quantum computing. The research by scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China was recently published in the academic journal, Physical Review Letters.

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DNA Analysis Reveals Distinct Lineage of Ancient Panda in South China[Jun 19, 2018]

Chinese scientists have found an ancient panda, belonging to a distinct group not found today, separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago. In a study published on Monday in the journal Current Biology, they analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt) DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, a place where no pandas live today and revealed a new lineage of giant panda.


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