A research team led by NIGPAS reported the oldest, morphologically specialized, and obligate termitophiles from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, which represent the oldest known termitophiles, and reveal that ancient termite societies were quickly invaded by beetles about 99 million years ago.
Nature Reserves Save Finless Porpoises[Apr 12, 2017]
Four finless porpoises from Poyang Lake in east China have been relocated to waters in a nature reserve in Hubei Province. The porpoises, two males and two females, were transferred to the Hewangmiao nature reserve along traffic-free sections of the Yangtze River in Hubei, according to sources with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology.
Chinese scientists are developing the world's first quantum computer, which will be much faster than current supercomputers and is expected to come into fruition in a few years, according to a top scientist. Chinese scientists are able to control the change between single particles and the quantum state, a big step in quantum communication and computing, said Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mining in Southwest China Destroys Unique Fossil Site[Apr 11, 2017]
Mining in Weng'an, Guizhou Province, has destroyed a precious site for paleontology, since it's the only place to study the earliest lives on earth. In 1998, 600 million-year-old animal fossils were uncovered at Weng'an that predated the Cambrian period, the then commonly believed earliest existence of animals on earth, by 60 million years.
The Appliance of Science Cleans Lake Taihu[Apr 11, 2017]
New technologies are helping the famous landmark in East China to recover from years of severe pollution. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are trying to turn the tide via new technology: from bionic platforms that "eat" algae, to a giant razor that "shaves" the sediment, and a powder that turns algae into stone.
Nonlinear Optical Laser Material Avoids Beryllium[Apr 11, 2017]
Scientists have developed a new class of deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical (DUV NLO) crystals that promise to be less toxic and have better performance than the materials currently used. The fluoro oxoborate KBe2BO3F2, which is the only practical laser material for generating light below 200 nm, has had researchers scrambling for alternatives to avoid further use of toxic beryllium.
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