Mining in Southwest China Destroys Unique Fossil Site[Apr 11, 2017]
Mining in Weng'an, Guizhou Province, has destroyed a precious site for paleontology, since it's the only place to study the earliest lives on earth. In 1998, 600 million-year-old animal fossils were uncovered at Weng'an that predated the Cambrian period, the then commonly believed earliest existence of animals on earth, by 60 million years.
The Appliance of Science Cleans Lake Taihu[Apr 11, 2017]
New technologies are helping the famous landmark in East China to recover from years of severe pollution. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are trying to turn the tide via new technology: from bionic platforms that "eat" algae, to a giant razor that "shaves" the sediment, and a powder that turns algae into stone.
Nonlinear Optical Laser Material Avoids Beryllium[Apr 11, 2017]
Scientists have developed a new class of deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical (DUV NLO) crystals that promise to be less toxic and have better performance than the materials currently used. The fluoro oxoborate KBe2BO3F2, which is the only practical laser material for generating light below 200 nm, has had researchers scrambling for alternatives to avoid further use of toxic beryllium.
Chinese School Aims to Build Pocket-sized Computer Brain[Apr 10, 2017]
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is pouring money into an ambitious plan to develop a pocket-size artificial intelligence (AI) computer. Amid the hoopla surrounding AlphaGo's upcoming match with a Chinese Go board game master in May, researchers at the school are attempting to fit enormous amounts of computing power onto tiny chips – a feat that so far no one in the world has ever achieved.
Chinese scientists have found that graphene-wrapped sponges provide an effective and fast way to absorb spilled crude oil when heated with an applied electric current. The team wrapped porous material with a thin, waterproof graphene layer, put the coated sponge in water mixed with crude oil, and applied an electric current to the graphene to warm it up.
China will build an observation station in the country's northwest Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to improve the ecology of Pamir Plateau, a busy passage once for traders traveling along the ancient Silk Road. The station to be built in Taxkorgan County will be used by researchers concerned with water resources, biodiversity, grassland productivity, climate change and disaster warning and forecasting.
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