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fire ice;methane hydrate;energy source

First Step Toward Using Fire Ice as New Energy[May 25, 2017]

On May 18, the Ministry of Land and Resources announced that it had achieved success in drilling fire ice, or methane hydrate, from the seabed in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea. Methane hydrate is akin to methane gas trapped in ice-like crystals; it produces high amount energy when burned and its chemical reaction produces nothing but dioxide and water. Since methane hydrate is both clean and energy-intensive and is considered the fuel of the future, many media outlets used big, bold headlines, such as "China makes technological breakthrough" and "New energy source found for China" to report the find.

satellite navigation;satellite

New Generation of Satellites Key to Navigation Network[May 25, 2017]

China will launch about 30 satellites before the end of 2020 for its domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System, a senior project official said. Most of the new satellites to be lifted during the coming three and a half years will be third-generation Beidou satellites.

Jiaolong;submersible

Manned Submersible Jiaolong Shows China's Mettle in Science, High-tech[May 25, 2017]

Experts are amazed at China's scientific and technological progress as the country's manned submersible Jiaolong successfully launched an exploration mission at the Mariana Trench in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. China, they said, is much more advanced in science and high-tech and has shown its mettle in these sectors that have been surging forward rapidly and benefiting developing countries in particular, which prefer to buy Chinese technology due to cheaper prices.

Antarctic development;Antarctic observation;Antarctic

China Releases Report on Antarctic Development[May 24, 2017]

China published on Monday the first full report on its development in Antarctica over the past three decades, titled "China's Antarctic Activities." China has established a national Antarctic observation network and a basic exploration and scientific research system consisting of government departments, research institutes and universities, said the report by China's State Oceanic Administration.

Mariana Trench;Jiaolong;dive

Chinese Submersible Jiaolong Descends to 4,811 Meters in Mariana Trench[May 24, 2017]

China's manned submersible Jiaolong finished a dive in "Challenger Deep" in the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest known trench. Scientists conducted observation, sampling and surveying, and collected seawater, rocks and samples of marine life, including a sea cucumber, a sponge and two starfish. The submersible also photographed the seabed.

satellite navigation system;satellite navigation;Beidou

China to Form Global Satellite Navigation System by 2020[May 24, 2017]

China will launch some 18 Beidou navigation satellites by 2018. By 2020, the Beidou satellites will form a complete global satellite navigation system. The Beidou satellite navigation system will be able to provide services for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative by 2018.

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