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China Unveils Leading Research Vessels to Boost Marine Survey[Mar 01, 2017]

China unveiled two domestic state-of-the-art marine geological survey vessels in Shanghai Tuesday. One ship, Haiyang Dizhi-8 (Ocean Geology No.8) uses world-leading techniques to create high-resolution three-dimensional images of the seabed's geological structure. The other ship, Haiyang Dizhi-9, comes with the world's best deep-water drilling system, able to dig 160 meters into the seabed at a water depth of 2,500 meters.

saliva;neurological disease;Alzheimer's;Parkinson's

Animal Saliva May Aid in Therapy[Mar 01, 2017]

A research team led by WU Zhenfang, a professor of animal science specializing in molecular genetics and breeding at South China Agricultural University, used the salivary glands of transgenic mice as bioreactors to produce nerve growth factor, which regulates neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

asteroid;flyby observation;Mars;China's Space Activities in 2016

Riding an Asteroid: China's Next Goal in Space[Mar 01, 2017]

After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert. The "China's Space Activities in 2016" white paper, recently issued by the Information Office of the State Council, also mentioned asteroid exploration in outlining the major tasks for the country's space industry in the next five years.

acidification;Arctic Ocean;ecosystem

Acidifying Arctic Ocean Harms Ecosystem[Mar 01, 2017]

Clams, mussels and sea snails are struggling to maintain their shells due to increasing acidification in the waters of the Arctic Ocean, according to Sino-U.S. research published Tuesday. The report in the journal Nature Climate Change claims that global climate change accelerates acidification in the Arctic Ocean.

weather satellite;Fengyun-4

New-generation Weather Satellite Delivers First Batch of Images, Data[Feb 28, 2017]

Fengyun-4, the first of China's second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, has sent its first collection of images and data. The published images were obtained by the multi-channel scanning imagery radiometer and the atmospheric sounding interferometer, and information included data on the distribution and intensity of lightening, obtained by the lightening imaging sensor, according to Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the SASTIND.

silkworm;cocoon;space silk

Silkworm 'Astronauts' Make High-quality Cocoons[Feb 24, 2017]

The six silkworms that were sent into space on the Shenzhou-11 manned aircraft last October have produced cocoons, turned into moths and successfully spawned since returning to earth. After undertaking research and comparisons between silk made from normal silkworms and the specimens that were in space, researchers from China Agricultural University and Tsinghua University found that the uniformity of silk made by the silkworm "astronauts" was slightly superior.


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