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Why Musical Training Benefits Us in Processing Speech[Dec 05, 2017]

A brain imaging study by Dr. DU Yi from the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and her collaborator Dr. Zatorre Robert from the Montréal Neurological Institute and McGill University has revealed that musical training might improve speech perception in noisy environments via enhanced neural foundation in bottom-up auditory encoding, top-down speech motoric prediction, and cross-modal auditory-motor integration.

sorption;pyrene;microplastics;kinetics;isotherms

Researchers Reveal the Sorption Process of Pyrene onto Microplastics[Dec 05, 2017]

Under the guidance of Prof. WANG Jun, WANG Wenfeng from Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences investigated the sorption process of pyrene (Pyr), a frequently encountered toxic pollutant, onto three kinds of microplastics (polyethylene, polystyrene and polyvinylchloride) by comparatively analyzing different sorption kinetic and isotherm models.

rock magnetism;magnetic;geomagnetic field;paleomagnetism

Researchers Link Fundamental Rock Magnetic Properties to Accuracy of Ancient Geomagnetic Field Records[Dec 04, 2017]

Led by associate professor Greig Paterson from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), an international team of researchers has demonstrated the first quantitative link between fundamental magnetic properties and the behavior of paleointensity data.

Methbank;DNA methylation;data integration;visualization

MethBank 3.0: A Database of DNA Methylomes Across A Variety of Species at BIG Data Center[Dec 04, 2017]

The BIG Data Center of Beijing Institute of Genomics of Chinese Academy of Sciences upgraded the Methylation Bank (Methbank). In contrast to its first version, the current version of Methbank 3.0 integrates high-quality DNA methylomes across a wider variety of species and provides a friendly interface for users to interactive browse, query and visualize methylation data.

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Flexible Zr-MOFs: Bromine-Nanocontainers for Bromination Reactions[Dec 04, 2017]

Flexible metal-organic frameworks not only have permanent porosity and structural diversity, but also can respond to the external stimuli while keeping their crystallinity. The research group led by Prof. HONG Maochun from Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a series of robust FMOFs. These flexible materials have high stability and can keep their integrity under acidic condition.

BSRF;Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility;beam

BSRF Second Run of 2017 Comleted[Dec 01, 2017]

This year's second dedicated run at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF) was open to users from October 19 to November 27, 2017. Thirteen beamlines and experimental stations were involved in providing 856.43 operation hours to 112 user groups from research institutions in China and seven from abroad.

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