A Chinese research group has identified a gene variant that plays a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease in Han Chinese, the largest ethnic group in China. According to researchers, the variant is most likely Chinese-specific after they analyzed genome sequencing data of 812 individuals of European patients.
The total area of China's Windbreak and Sand-Fixation Forests has increased by 154% after 40 years of construction of the Three-North Shelterbelt Program (TNSP). China's desertification area has greatly declined since 2000 and TNSP contributes to the reduction of desertification by around 15 percent.
Chinese scientists have said they have come up with a more efficient luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), which can be made into "solar windows" that turn sunlight into electricity. Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics said they designed a "quantum-cutting" approach to double the efficiency of LSC devices.
China's National High-Tech Industrial Development Zones, the backbone of the country's high-technology industries, have made major progress in innovation capabilities since 2010. But their ability to attract quality foreign talent and venture capital investment still lags that of Silicon Valley, according to a report published on Tuesday.
Known in China as the "smiling angel," the shy Yangtze finless porpoise is becoming an increasingly rare species. As one of the world's few freshwater porpoise subspecies, it is considered a natural barometer of the overall health of China's most important river.
After five years of research, Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology has made breakthroughs in advanced optical microscopes, including the highly sophisticated stimulated emission depletion microscopy. The technique was created by Stefan Hell, a 2014 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.
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