China has launched a satellite designed to shed on light on one of the most intriguing mysteries of the universe – dark matter. The probe, renamed "Wukong" - or Monkey King - shortly before launch, blasted off on a Long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia at 00:12 UTC on Thursday, December 17(08:12 Beijing time).
Chinese astronomers have discovered a new explanation for how black holes form and project jets of matter, marking one of the most significant findings in the field this year. The formation of relativistic jets - streams of matter emitted nearing the speed of light - and accretion - the accumulation of cosmic dust particles near a black hole - remain one of the biggest mysteries of astrophysics.
Peering at the debris from particle collisions that recreate the conditions of the very early universe, scientists have for the first time measured the force of interaction between pairs of antiprotons. Like the force that holds ordinary protons together within the nuclei of atoms, the force between antiprotons is attractive and strong. The experiments were conducted at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).
Teeth Reveal Modern Humans in Asia 80,000 Years Ago[Oct 16, 2015]
Tooth fossils found in a county in central China's Hunan Province indicate the early form of modern homo sapiens appeared in the region more than 80,000 years ago. The 47 fossils, found in Daoxian county, date back from 80,000 to 120,000 years and are believed to be the oldest remains of a completely modern form scientists have known in the east Asia region, the study's leading scientists said on Thursday.
Scientists Discover First Binary Black Hole[Sep 06, 2015]
Scientists have discovered clear proof of two supermassive black holes orbiting each other within the same galaxy at the nearest quasar Markarian 231 (Mrk 231). This is the first proven case of supermassive binary black holes (BBHs), according to research published in the Astrophysical Journal, Volume 809, Number 2.
Using one of the brightest X-ray lasers in the world, a joint research group involving 28 laboratories and led by Dr. H. Eric XU, a professor from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, has determined the structure of a molecular complex that is responsible for regulating vital physiological functions. The new findings provide scientists with a new model for major pharmacological drug targets.
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