China Announces 10 Science-themed Tourist Destinations[Mar 30, 2017]
On March 28, China announced the first batch of the country's best science-themed tourist destinations, with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), Three Gorges Dam on Yangtze River and Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center all on the list.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday it would fund 11 major programs in various fields including agricultural science, technology and biotechnology this year, with a total investment of 190 million yuan (about 27.6 million U.S. dollars). CAS hopes that the programs will boost the transformation and upgrading of related industries and generate direct economic and social benefits.
A botanic garden in a Xinjiang desert announced Tuesday that the number of seedlings it fostered for sand control has exceeded 1 million. A new group of 100,000 sacsaoul and 10,000 nitraria plants -- bushes that anchor the sand with their roots -- will be transported to nearby oil fields and other sites.
Finless Porpoises Relocated for Breeding[Mar 29, 2017]
An action plan was launched in central China last Saturday to relocate the Yangtze River's black finless porpoises, an extremely endangered species. This action is the first step in a continuous finless porpoise relocation project this year jointly launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Jiangxi, Hunan and Hubei provincial governments. Eight finless porpoises were carefully selected from those in Poyang Lake after a period of comprehensive physical assessment.
Recently, a scientific discovery in Qingchuan County, Sichuan province provided a possible clue about what precipitated the largest mass extinction in the earth's history, which happened 250 million years ago, Chengdu Business Daily reported.
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