Month: December 2023

Zhejiang university team develops knittable “icebear fibre”

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adj8013 http://en.people.cn/n3/2023/1222/c90000-20113796.html A team of Chinese scientists has developed a knittable fiber with exceptional thermal insulation drawing inspiration from polar bear fur. According to a study published in Science, the encapsulated aerogel fiber is washable, dyeable, durable and well-suited for use in advanced textiles. Aerogel fibers typically lack the strength and stretchability required for weaving […]

Huaibai Mining starts 600,000 t/a ethanol plant based on coke oven gas

http://www.cas.ac.cn/cm/202312/t20231229_4993320.shtml An ethanol production plant with an annual output of 600,000 tons has started trial production on December 28. The plant uses coke oven gas as raw material and produces anhydrous ethanol. This is claimed to be currently the largest industrial ethanol production facility in the world. The technology was developed by the CAS Dalian […]

In 2022, China had more than 6,3 million researchers (FTE)

https://www.gov.cn/zhengce/jiedu/tujie/202312/content_6920562.htm On December 15, MOST published the “China Science and Technology Talent Development Report (2022)”. It   shows that the full-time equivalent of China’s R&D personnel has increased from 3.247 million person-years in 2012 to 6.354 million person-years in 2022, firmly ranking first in the world. The Report is the fifth publication in this series […]

A modified insulin regulates insulin secretion dynamically: animal experiments

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41551-023-01138-7 https://spc.jst.go.jp/news/231202/topic_3_05.html A team led by Professor Gu Sheng from Zhejiang University School of Pharmacy and Jinhua Research Institute has developed a long-acting insulin formulation. The drug senses fluctuations in blood glucose levels and dynamically regulates insulin secretion to control blood glucose levels for a long period of time. Beta cells in the human body […]

Synthetic autotrophic systems for CO2 assimilation

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S073497502300201X?via%3Dihu https://www.cas.cn/syky/202312/t20231205_4990251.shtml In the field of synthetic biology, artificial carbon assimilation pathways and artificial autotrophic systems are  expected to contribute to the response to the environmental crisis and the promotion of sustainable material production. Achievements in this process, whether based on experience or model predictions, have contributed to the advancement of the field as a […]

Cell-wall based leaching of Ce(III)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S138589472304799X?via%3Dihub https://www.cas.cn/syky/202312/t20231205_4990265.shtml Researchers at the CAS QIBEBT in Qingdao have developed a new type of biomimetic adsorbent material for the green and efficient adsorption of low-concentration rare earth ions from leach tailings in rare earth mining areas based on the enrichment motifs of the rare earth super-enriched plants- In this work, a novel cellulose/pectin composite […]

USTC: programmable artificial photosynthetic cells

https://www.cas.cn/syky/202312/t20231208_4990877.shtml https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-42591-x Compared with natural photosynthetic organisms, editable artificial photosynthetic cells are able to convert CO2 into customizable high value-added fuels and chemicals more efficiently through rational design. In addition, artificial photosynthetic cells are the key to ultimately mimic the tissue morphology and characteristics of natural photosynthetic organisms, opening the way to building devices for […]

2023/12 The YAO genome: a more accurate genome sequence for the Han population

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1672022923001006 http://en.people.cn/n3/2023/1212/c90000-20109305.html A team of geneticists has assembled a complete human genome reference for Han Chinese, the first of its kind and which could potentially promote precision medicine in China. The telomere-to-telomere (T2T) gapless diploid genome sequence of a healthy male individual, named T2T-YAO, contained two complete sets of chromosomes, one from each parent, and […]

CAS IPE develops protein-based inhaled vaccine

http://en.people.cn/n3/2023/1214/c90000-20110387.html https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03557-7 Researchers from the CAS Institute of Process Engineering (IPE)  have proposed a new “nano-micro composite” delivery concept for vaccines and developed a single-dose, dry-powder, inhalable vaccine platform. The vaccine made in the laboratory based on the technology is effective in blocking respiratory viral infection and transmission in animal test, showing great promise for […]

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