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Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole[Apr 10, 2019]

The Event Horizon Telescope researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. Chinese astronomers contribute to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87.

plant immune system;cell death;microbial pathogen;resistance;plant immunity;environment protection

Studies Reveal 'death switch' in Plant Immune Systems[Apr 08, 2019]

Chinese researchers have discovered a "death switch" in plant immunes system that can activate cell death to limit the spreading of microbial pathogens and provide plants with resistance. Scientists say the discovery "will become textbook knowledge" for understanding plant immunity and offers new perspectives on developing next-generation disease-resistant crops that will be more environmently-friendly with less pesticide use.

palm fossil;central Tibet;valley system;Tibet;surface height

Youngest Palm Fossil Brings New Insight to Topography of Tibet[Mar 07, 2019]

Researchers from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) reported the discovery of the youngest well-preserved fossil palm leaves from Tibet. They showed that a large valley system with a floor less than 2.3 km above mean sea level (a.m.s.l.) existed in central Tibet as late as 25 million years ago.

nursing behavior;snub-nosed monkey;monkey;Old World monkey;allomaternal nursing

Scientists Find Routine Allomaternal Nursing in an Old World Monkey[Feb 21, 2019]

A team of scientists led by Prof. LI Ming at the Institute of Zoology found widespread allomaternal nursing behavior in an Old World monkey, the golden snub-nosed monkey. Based on more than eight years of field observation of infants and their mothers at Shennongjia National Park, Central China, as well as analysis of the monkeys’ reproductive histories, the study provides the first evidence of regular allomaternal nursing in golden snub-nosed monkeys and expands the taxonomic distribution of this behavior in primates to Old World monkeys.

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2018: Highlight Researches in the Chinese Academy of Sciences[Jan 23, 2019]

The year of 2018 has witnessed a bunch of amazing research advances in CAS, from the depths of the oceans, to far beyond the universe. Here are a dozen of beads from the pearl necklace we'd like to share with you…

budgerigar;cognitive ability;bird;sexual selection;evolution

Female Budgerigars Prefer Males with Stronger Cognitive Abilities[Jan 16, 2019]

Scientists used the budgerigars as the research object, with four-year of hard work in a lab, for the first time confirmed that the cognitive ability of birds can also be used as a criterion for sexual selection.


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