On Jan. 26, the Multi-Physics Instrument (MPI) received the neutron beam from the target station, marking the instrument's successful completion after two years of construction. MPI is CSNS's first user instrument and was built in cooperation with Dongguan University of Technology and the City University of Hong Kong. It is also the first neutron total scattering instrument in China. MPI will mainly be used for research on materials with different ordered structures, focusing on structural analysis of long-range order and locally disordered materials, and long-range disorder and short-range ordered materials.
The China–Sri Lanka Joint Center for Education and Research (CSL-CER), one of the nine overseas institutions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), releases its introduction video recently. The center, founded in August 2015, is a joint research organization supported by China and Sri Lanka focusing on the Indian Ocean.
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).
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