China's lunar rover, Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, left the first ever "footprint" from a human spacecraft on the far side of the moon late at night on Thursday, after it separated from the lander smoothly. The rover touched the lunar surface at 10:22 p.m. on Thursday, leaving a trace on the loose lunar soil.
Jian-Wei Pan, China’s “father of quantum”, is masterminding its drive for global leadership in technologies that could change entire industries. A professor at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), sometimes known as “China’s Caltech”, 48-year-old Pan has produced a series of breakthroughs that have propelled him to scientific stardom in the country.
The ‘third pole’ is the planet’s largest reservoir of ice and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. It encompasses the Himalaya–Hindu Kush mountain ranges and the Tibetan Plateau. The region hosts the world’s 14 highest mountains and about 100,000 square kilometres of glaciers (an area the size of Iceland). Meltwater feeds ten great rivers, including the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Yellow and Yangtze, on which almost one-fifth of the world’s population depends.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has launched the Integrated Research Center for Reefs and Islands Sciences on Meiji Reef, Nansha Islands, in the South China Sea, according to the CAS. The center will become an on-site test base to conduct studies on the ecology, geology, environment, materials and ocean energy of the tropical sea, said the CAS.
Algae blooms may accelerate the release of arsenic, a toxic substance that pollutes freshwater, according to a recent Chinese study. Researchers from the Institute of Urban Environment under the Chinese Academy of Sciences have analyzed the relationship between lake eutrophication and arsenic distribution based on the monitoring of regions with varying eutrophic levels in Taihu Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in east China.
A research center for allium, a plant genus which includes garlic and onions, has been opened to the public in Kunming Botanical Garden, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Kunming Center of the China-Uzbekistan Global Allium Garden was jointly built by the Kunming Institute of Botany under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Institute of Botany at the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.
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