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Chinese Low-cost Kuaizhou-11 Rocket to Launch in 2018[Mar 07, 2018]

A Chinese-produced solid-fueled carrier rocket, the Kuaizhou-11, developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), will see its maiden launch this year. The rocket will be mainly responsible for launching low-Earth and Sun-synchronous satellites.

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HK Researchers Identify Adverse Effects of Microplastics to Marine Animals[Mar 06, 2018]

High concentration of microplastics has irremediable negative impacts on marine invertebrates such as slipper limpets, according to a study by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The findings show that when slipper limpets were exposed to high concentration of microplastics during their larval stage, the growth of this pollution-tolerant species significantly slowed down, and they would not resume their original growth rates even after the removal of microbeads from their surroundings.

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China Eyes for Deep Space with 500-ton Liquid Rocket Engine[Mar 06, 2018]

China is expected to complete construction and fitting work on a prototype of its 500-ton liquid rocket engine within the year, progress toward China's manned interstellar travel programs. China is currently tackling problems on key technologies of three types of liquid rocket engines for its heavy-lift rockets: the 500-ton engine fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene, 200-ton and 25-ton engines using liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen as fuel.

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American, Chinese Scientists Develop New Catalyst to Help Harvest, Store Clean Energy[Mar 06, 2018]

American and Chinese scientists have synthesized a new, dual-atom catalyst to serve as a platform for artificial photosynthesis, a move that may help harvest and store solar energy more efficiently. They displayed an iridium catalyst with only two active metal centers, which can directly harvest solar energy and store the energy in chemical bonds, similar to how photosynthesis is performed but with higher efficiencies and lower cost.

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China's Space Station Could Do Some ISS Work After 2024[Mar 06, 2018]

China will launch the core module of its space station by around 2020, with observers predicting that China's space station could play an important role in continuing the work of the International Space Station. The launch of the core module is aimed at verifying the core techniques, and the team will focus on researching and manufacturing the prototype of the space station this year.

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China to Launch Core Module of Space Station Around 2020[Mar 06, 2018]

China will launch a core module of its space station around 2020. This year's work will focus on researching and manufacturing the prototype of the space station. The station will consist of the core module, two attached labs, and the optical module. The Long March 5B carrier rocket will take the launch missions.


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