A joint venture with an aim to independently develop, manufacture and sell integrated and cost-competitive helium cryogenic systems and offer related services, was set up on Science Island, Hefei on January 8 by Hefei Institutes of Physical science (or HFIPS) and Air Liquide Advanced Technologies (ALAT).
The JUNA (Jinping Underground Nuclear Astrophysics collaboration) 400kV accelerator installed at China Jinping deep underground Laboratory (CJPL) delivered its first intense beam on December 26. The accelerator is jointly developed by China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) and the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment collaboration – which made a precise measurement of an important neutrino property eight years ago, setting the stage for a new round of experiments and discoveries about these hard-to-study particles – has finished taking data. Though the experiment is formally shutting down, the collaboration will continue to analyze its complete dataset to improve upon the precision of findings based on earlier measurements. The experiment collected enough data within its first 55 days of operation to announce an important discovery in early March 2012. To celebrate this success and others that followed, the Daya Bay collaboration and science-agency officials will participate in a ceremony on Dec. 12 to mark the end of operations at the site.
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie-Flanders Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) signed an agreement on December 9 to co-establish TIB-VIB Joint Center of Synthetic Biology (TV-SynBio).
China's Gravitational wave high energy Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor (GECAM, also called Huairou-1) was launched Dec. 10 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, aboard the LM-11 solid-propellant launch vehicle. GECAM's two satellites are the country's first for monitoring gravitational wave electromagnetic counterparts.
Dr. CHENG Lijing, an associate professor with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP/CAS), was awarded the World Climate Research Program (WCRP)/Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)International Data Prize 2020. CHENG was selected because the committee was "greatly impressed by the strong profile of Dr. Cheng and the high quality of his contribution to the development and dissemination of climate data sets."
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