Month: October 2018

Sino-Russian arctic expedition provides scientific support for “polar silk road”

Eleven Chinese researchers and 19 Russians participated in the second joint Sino-Russia Arctic expedition, which started in Russia’s eastern port of Vladivostok on Sept 6. After overcoming extreme weather and traveling 12,000 kilometers, they returned to the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Oct 21. The 46-day expedition was jointly organized by the Pilot National Laboratory for […]

CAS group solves structure and mechanism of Mycobacterium respiratory supercomplex by cryo electron microscopy and ESR

A team around Zihe RAO at CAS Hefei Institute of Material Science has solved the structure of a respiratory supercomplex isolated from Mycobacterium smegmatis at3.5-Å resolution by cryo electron microscopy. Using low-temperature electron spin resonance equipment, a new electron transfer mechanism coupled with oxime oxidation and oxygen reduction was revealed. From the perspective of structural […]

Beijing tests autonomous road sweepers

Beijing is testing 4 autonomous road cleaners for ther cleaning of road surfaces, sidewalks, and parks, and 3 for the cleaning of shopping centers, railway and airport facilities. The upper part of the electrically-driven cleaning trucks are made of new materials such as lightweight aluminum alloy, the vehicle is maximally weight-reduced. After 2-3 hours of […]

China launches China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat)

The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat), atop a Long March-2C carrier rocket, was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in northwest China’s Gobi Desert, and entered a sun-synchronous orbit 520 km above the Earth. The joint mission between the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, the French space agency, will enable […]

CAS Institute of Microbiology publishs China Microbiome Data website

The gcMeta platform a platform for the management, analysis and dissemination of microbial genomes and microbiome data. gcMeta has established a one-stop system for microbial genome, metagenome and transcriptome management, online data analysis, visualization and data dissemination. At present, it has integrated more than 120,000 sample data from international related platforms (NCBI, EBI, MG-RAST, […]

MGI launches ultra-high-throughput sequencer, MGISEQ-T7

MGI, a subsidiary of BGI in Shenzhen, has introduced its newest model of DNA sequencer, the MGISEQ-T7. A quad-flow cell platform enables multiple flow cells with different read lengths and applications to be processed independently at any time in a single run. The platform supports whole genome sequencing, ultra-depth exome sequencing, epigenome sequencing, and large-panel tumor […]

China prohibits use of 1,1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane (HCFC-141b) as a blowing agent

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment will prohibit the production of HCFC-141b from January 1, 2019, an ozone layer destroying substance. China is currently the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter of household refrigerators (2017: 73.3 million units), household freezers (22 million units), electric water heaters (2017: about 35 million units) and storage type water heaters (about 32.55 […]

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