A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.
Scientists Complete Drilling Task in South China Sea[Feb 22, 2017]
Scientists on Tuesday completed the first drilling task of an expedition to the South China Sea. The hole, identified as U1499A, has reached 3,770 meters below sea level, for collection of sediment samples. According to Sun Zhen of the Chinese Academy of Sciences South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, a preliminary lithologic study was conducted on sediment believed to have been formed eight million years ago.
Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang and Turing Award-winning computer scientist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao have given up their foreign citizenship and become Chinese citizens, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Tuesday. The two scientists were hired as foreign academicians of the CAS and have become full academicians in accordance with the academy's regulations.
Search for Injured Porpoise Ongoing[Feb 21, 2017]
More than 80 aquatic animal rescuers are now involved in the search for an injured finless porpoise in the country's largest freshwater lake. In addition, more than 2,000 fishermen have also been mobilized on Poyang Lake to report traces of the finless porpoise - an endangered mammal considered rarer than China's giant panda - which is known to have life-threatening injuries.
Top 10 Scientific Achievements Revealed[Feb 21, 2017]
China on Monday announced the 10 major scientific and technological developments of 2016, including the world's first autism model of non-human primates and a new immune therapy for cancer, which is based on the regulation of cholesterol metabolism, the Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. More than 2,000 experts and academicians, many from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, selected the 10 developments from a total of 278 research results that had been published between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016, Xinhua reported.
A Chinese research team has successfully developed a new nano material to address heavy metal pollution in soil. The new material - which has been formulated by scientists from Hefei Institute of Physical Science; a subordinate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences - is highly effective in extracting and converting harmful heavy metal ions in acid soil.
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