A group of rare incubating dinosaur fossils has been unearthed in east China's Jiangxi Province, shedding light on reproductive research related to theropod dinosaurs. The fossils, dating back about 70 million years, were found with an adult skeleton, embryos and an egg nest intact. Believably, the two-meter-long dinosaur was lying prostrate atop a clutch of embryo-bearing eggs for incubation in the same manner as modern birds.
Last year was anything but normal. For China, though, it was a year full of heroes, courage, hope and breathtaking ingenuity and innovation. The achievements ranged from the Tianwen 1 Mars probe－set to reach the red planet next month－to the Fendouzhe manned submersible diving to a national record of 10,909 meters in the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the oceans.
Wrapping glaciers in giant blankets might be an effective way to slow the melting of rapidly retreating ice, according to a Chinese research team. The team with Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources set up a 500-square-meter experiment area at Dagu Glacier in the northwestern Sichuan Province last August, covering the area with geotextile blankets, a type of environmental-friendly fabric.
The development of traditional Uygur medicines has been significantly accelerated since an innovation and research center was set up in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, researchers said. It has also helped Uygur medical practices, deeply influenced by exchanges on the ancient Silk Road, gain popularity on the modern-day Silk Road Economic Belt, they said.
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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