China Starts Building Huge Cosmic-ray Observatory to Study the Evolution of the Universe[Mar 16, 2017]
China has started the construction of one of the world's largest and most sensitive cosmic-ray facilities. Located in the mountainous areas in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO) will attempt to search for the origin of high energy cosmic rays, to study the evolution of the universe and high energy celestial bodies, as well as to push forward the frontier of new physics.
Proposal to Better Protect Rare Porpoise[Mar 16, 2017]
The endangered Yangtze finless porpoise has about a decade until extinction unless it is elevated to the nation's top-class protected species list, national political advisers from Hubei province warned. CAS scientist, along with nine other members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made a joint proposal this year to lift the legal status of the finless porpoise, a rare freshwater mammal.
Scientists have already created weakened strains of the malaria parasite that can be used as a live vaccine against the disease. Now, a research team led by Chen Xiaoping from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has discovered that the attenuated malaria parasite vaccine may also play a role in immunotherapy for liver cancers. The related research results have been published online in the journal Oncotarget.
China’s First Monograph on Vulture Published[Mar 15, 2017]
A book called Vultures in Xinjiang was recently published in China, concerning the classification, distribution, evolution, breeding, migration, feeding and the living condition of vultures in China. This is the fruit of a nearly decade study on the general situation and information of China’s vultures carried out by Prof. MA Ming and his team at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography.
Bourse to Work Deeply with CAS[Mar 14, 2017]
THE Chinese Academy of Sciences has signed an agreement with the Shanghai Stock Exchange seeking its help in raising funds and reorganizing the CAS’s companies, the exchange said yesterday. The exchange will “cooperate deeply in the long term” with China’s top research institute to help list its companies and issue bonds, or to support the merger and reorganization of its entities.
Premier Li Keqiang called for all out efforts to overcome challenges and find out how smog is formed during a meeting with delegation from Shaanxi province on March 9. ZHOU Weijian, an academician and head of the Institute of Earth Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, presented her statement and suggested muti-disciplinary efforts to research the causes, development trends, impact on the environment, and control of smog that has become a major problem in north China.
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