Month: August 2014

CAS announces reforms of their institutes

CAS will attempt to streamline their institutes, by removin overlaps and enhancing quality. Wan GANG, Minister of Science and Technology, told Xinhua that, compared with developed countries, China’s science sector is poorly managed and inefficient, with less information sharing and communication; problems that have held back scientific development despite increased investment. The government hopes more […]

DICP group achieves solar water splitting using a hybrid of photosystem II and artificial photocatalysis

The groups of Jun CHEN and Can LI at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics describe a system based on plant PSII and inorganic photocatalysts such as Ru/ SrTiO3:Rh, coupled with an inorganic mediator [ Fe(CN)63−/ Fe(CN)64−], all dispersed in aqueous solutions. PSII seems to self-assembly on the inorganic photocatalyst. The activity of this hybrid photosystem […]

Chinese team isolates Streptomyces strains from 10.000 m deep Mariana trench, studies antibiotic gene clusters

Groups around Changsheng ZHANG and Wenjun ZHANG from CAS South China Sea Institute of Oceanology and Shandong University isolated various bacteria from 10.000 m deep Mariana trench in the Phillipine Sea. A marine Streptomyces sp. SCSIO 03032 s strain was found to contain gene clusters for 26 secondary metabolites (antibiotics and alkaloids). CAS news release, […]

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