A Chinese research vessel set sail for the tropical West Pacific from the eastern port city of Qingdao on Thursday, departing on a mission to explore the geology and ecology of the region. The tropical West Pacific contains the world's most sophisticated waters, with the strongest interchange of energy and materials between earth and the ocean. It has a close connection with the occurrence of El Nino and its duration, which has a significant influence on floods and droughts in China, according to Zhang Wuchang, a scientist from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Chinese scientists on Saturday tested the installation of the "retina" of the world's largest ever radio telescope to be completed in September next year. Technicians lifted a 30-tonne feed cabin of the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope - or FAST - above a half-finished dish-like reflector measuring 500 meters in diameter and 1.6 kilometers in perimeter.
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