Month: July 2022

Biodegradable photonics pigments have a potential in cosmetics As shown by Dong-po Song and his research team at Tianjin University, polyester-block-poly(ethylene glycol) bottlebrush block copolymers with varied side chain lengths can be used for the fabrication of biodegradable photonic microspheres and may be substitutes to nondegradable microbeads and toxic pigments in cosmetics. The pigment is made from biodegradable polyester materials such as polylactic […]

Report: Taiwan’s science and technology capability In the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2021, Taiwan ranked 8th out of 64 countries/regions evaluated, a new record high. The Research Center for Asia-Pacific Studies (RCAP) of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has released a research report entitled “Taiwan’s Science and Technology Capability: Innovation Policies and Basic Research Trends of the Tsai […]

Femtosecond laser draws 3D images by plasma induction The majority of current 3D imaging technologies use the visual difference between the two eyes and the virtual synthesis of the brain to produce a “fake 3D image” on the display. The latest 3D imaging technology, however, uses a 3D physical space to bring up figures. Scientists at the Hongtu Ultrafast Laser Joint Laboratory in […]

Fatty acids and fatty alcohols from a methanol-based bio refinery Using methanol yeasts such as Pichia pastors or Hansenula as a cellular catalyst, researchers at the CAS Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics have achieved efficient synthesis of fatty acid derivatives from methanol bioconversion by combining adaptive evolution and rational metabolic engineering modification. The researchers found that the engineered strain could not grow […]

Ministry of Education and CAS launch nation-wide summer school for science training of school teachers The Ministry of Education and the Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly launched a “National Summer School of Science Education” for teachers. The first training was held from July 20 to August 19, 2022 in Beijing and 11 other cities. 12 training sessions were organized, with 100 primary and secondary school science teachers attending each session […]

18 MW solar farm installed on water surface in NE China The Xinghuo Water Surface Photovoltaic Demonstration Project of Daqing Oilfield, China National Petroleum Corporation’s first water surface photovoltaic project, has recently begun grid-connected power generation. The project, which has a construction area of 400,000 square meters and an installed capacity of 18.73 MW, generates 27.5 million kWh of electricity per year and reduces 22,000 tonnes […]

Overexpression of OsDREB1C gene boosts grain yields by up to 30 % The discovery made by a team led by researchers with the Institute of Crop Sciences under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was published online Friday (Beijing Time) in the academic journal, Science. The research team examined 118 transcription factors associated with photosynthesis in maize and analyzed the related genes in rice […]

14 level-4 autonomous driving taxis put in operation on 85 km2 test base in Western China 14 autonomous driving taxis (Baidu Apollo robotaxis) were put into commercial operation at the Western China Autonomous Driving Open Test Base in Chongqing – an area covering 85 square kilometers with 220 km of roads. They are capable of Level-4 autonomous driving (“in most conditions without a human driver”). There is a human operator […]

Megawatt-class PEM hydrogen production system delivered to State Grid Anhui Electric Power A megawatt-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolytic water hydrogen production system and megawatt-scale hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell power generation system developed by Shao Zhigang’s team at CAS Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics was delivered to State Grid Anhui Electric Power Co. This marks the engineering verification of China’s MW-level PEM electrolytic water […]

“Ask the Sea No. 1”, an autonomous remote-controlled underwater robot which dives 6000 m CAS Shenyang Institute of Automation has developed a 6000-meter deep-sea exploration vessel. “Ask the Sea 1” has bathymetric side scan and shallow profiling acoustic detection, optical detection and robotic spot sampling capabilities. It will be installed on the vessel “Marine Geology IX” of Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China Geological Survey, and will serve for […]

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