China is emerging as an international center for education and research, with Beijing set to become one of the world's leading hubs for frontier scientific research by 2035, officials and experts said. The capital will devote more planning and resources to cutting-edge fields including quantum information technology, artificial intelligence, health sciences and integrated circuit manufacturing.
Shanghai scientists have discovered that circadian clock genes and environmental factors like light and temperature influence the swarming and mating of anopheline mosquitoes that spread malaria and other human infectious diseases. The findings may provide insights into innovative vector control strategies targeting insect reproductive behaviors.
China has collected around 100PB (about 100 million GB) of Earth observation data, according to the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The collected data resources have been used for both free and commercial usage to serve more than 300,000 users, inducing significant social and economic benefits, according to a recent report on China's Earth observation data resources development.
China's first solar probe, Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S), is scheduled to be launched into space in the first half of 2022, marking the country's first-ever mission to "touch" the sun. The satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit 720 km above Earth to keep a close tab on the sun 24 hours a day. Measuring about 1,000 kg in total mass, the satellite is expected to orbit the sun for at least four years, according to the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering on Tuesday jointly revealed the top 10 news stories of scientific and technological progress in China and in the world in 2020. The top 10 news stories were voted by academicians of the two academies. The annual activity is in its 27th year.
China published its Regulations on the Management of Lunar Samples on Monday, aiming to improve scientific research and international cooperation. The regulations were developed by the China National Space Administration and have nine chapters and 37 clauses. They govern the storage, management and use of lunar samples brought back by the country's Chang'e 5 mission.
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