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Planned Space Station Details Made Public[Apr 26, 2018]

China has disclosed details of its future space station following the construction of one of its key parts by engineers. The China Academy of Space Technology said this month that engineers have constructed the core module and are testing it. The two space labs, Wentian, or Quest for Heavens, and Mengtian, or Dreaming of Heavens, will mainly perform scientific and technological experiments.

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Int'l Team Launches Project to Sequence DNA from All Complex Life on Earth[Apr 26, 2018]

An international consortium of scientists is proposing the most ambitious project in the history of biology: sequencing the DNA of all known eukaryotic species on Earth. The initiative, described in the PNAS, is led by a coordinating council with members from the United States, the European Union, China, Brazil, Canada, Australia and some African countries.

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Chinese Scientists Sequence Antimalarial Plant Genes, Finding Way to Extract More Medicine[Apr 26, 2018]

Chinese researchers reported in the journal Molecular Plant a high-quality draft genome sequence of Artemisia annua, a Chinese shrub producing a potent antimalarial compound Artemisinin and a way to extract more antimalarial medicine from the plant. The findings can be used to metabolically engineer plant lines that produce higher levels of artemisinin as the low amount of artemisinin produced in the leaves of this sweet wormwood does not meet the global demand.

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China Outlines Roadmap for Deep Space Exploration[Apr 26, 2018]

China is planning four deep space exploration missions before 2030, including probes to Mars, asteroids and Jupiter. China would launch its first Mars probe in 2020, and plans to probe asteroids around 2022, followed by a probe in 2028 to bring Mars samples back to Earth. An exploration mission to the Jupiter system was planned around 2029.

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China to Launch New Earth Observation Satellite in May[Apr 26, 2018]

China is to launch Gaofen-5, a hyperspectral imaging satellite for Earth observation, at the beginning of May. The new satellite, capable of obtaining spectral information from ultraviolet to long-wave infrared radiation, can be used to survey inland waters and mineral resources. The satellite can also monitor air pollutants, greenhouse gases and aerosol particles.

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China Plans to Launch New Space Science Satellites Around 2020[Apr 26, 2018]

China is striving to send a group of new satellites into orbit around 2020, as part of the country's fast-expanding space science program. The satellites include a Sino-European joint mission known as "SMILE," the Einstein-Probe, the Water Cycle Observation Mission, and the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Exploration.

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