China Tuesday launched a spacecraft to collect and return samples from the moon, the country's first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body. A Long March-5 rocket, carrying the Chang'e-5 spacecraft, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 a.m. (Beijing Time).
Chinese scientist YAO Tandong has been elected as a 2020 fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for years of research on glaciers and the environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, sources at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on Monday.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), China introduced comprehensive measures to save the Yangtze finless porpoise. In response to research challenges encountered in the field, the establishment of an artificial breeding and research center was one of the measures for saving the marine mammal.
China now ranks first in four major areas of scientific research in terms of academic activity and influence－one more than last year－trailing only the United States, which leads in seven, according to the report "Research Fronts 2020". The report is published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institutes of Science and Development and US-based Clarivate Analytics.
I am honored to have the CAS President's International Fellowship for Special Experts, which offers unique possibilities for foreign scientists to establish and foster collaboration with their colleagues in Chinese research institutions, and in my particular case it was of central importance for establishing first contacts during short visits to finally realize long-term research collaboration.
The old saying "a rolling stone gathers no moss" has evolved over the years, coming to mean that one must keep moving in order to stay fresh and keen, particularly when it comes to a career. But, what about those who are always moving around, doing so to literally only gather moss?
Dr. Bharat Kumar Yerra is from the southern part of India, an astronomer solving stellar puzzles from starlight through telescopes. He is now working at NAOC and is very productive in his research work. He has been in China for six years altogether, with two years as PIFI fellow at NAOC and now a LAMOST fellow at NAOC itself. He tells about his life and work at NAOC and Beijing.
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