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2022/08 Yanchang Petroleum will start up 500,000 t coal to fuel ethanol plant in September 2022

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202207/26/WS62df3ea0a310fd2b29e6e57b.html The technology used at the plant, which is located in Yulin, Shaanxi province, has been developed by the CAS Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. It uses a highly stable bifunctional catalyst made up from copper-based metal oxides and  SAPO-34 type zeolites to convert syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, into dimethyl ether, […]

2022/07 Genome sequence of a 14000 year-old woman (“Mengzi Ren”) shows deep genetic ties to the first Native Americans

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2022.06.016 https://www.cas.cn/syky/202207/t20220718_4841915.shtml Genome sequencing of the 14,000-year-old human remains of the “Mengzi Ren (MZR)” by Zhang Xiaoming and colleagues from the CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology established deep genetic ties to the first Native Americans. According to research on an unearthed human skull, the genome sequenced was from a young woman who stood at a height […]

2022/05 China’s Jimu Airship reaches 9000 m altitude in Himalaya region

China’s self-developed floating airship, designed for atmosphere observation, reached a record altitude of 9,032 meters in Tibet Autonomous Region. Developed by the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the floating airship “Jimu No.1” type III has a volume of 9,060 cubic meters.  The floating airship can collect data at high […]

2022/04 China’s “Earth 2.0” satellite, to be launched in 2026, is hoped to find a dozen of earth-like planets

China is planning an “Earth 2.0” mission to detect exoplanets similar to Kepler-186f.  Scientists have discovered more than 5,000 exoplanets in our galaxy, most of them by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Some of them are Earth-like rocky objects orbiting small red dwarfs, but none meet the definition of “Earth 2.0. Launched in 2009, the Kepler […]

2022/03 Chinese antarctic teams are envied by their neighbours for fresh vegetables and fruits grown in antarctic plant factories

Until 2014, the supply of fresh vegetables was a major problem plaguing China’s Antarctic scientific expeditions. As Antarctica entered its long winter, scientific observers had to overwinter with only a few vegetables, such as Chinese cabbage. Then Dr. Wang Cheng, a doctor who participated in the 31st National Scientific Observation Mission to Zhongshan Station, Antarctica, […]

2022/02 China reports progress in the South-to-North Water Diversion Project

China has established a water control infrastructure system that is currently the largest in scale, widest in scope, and has the largest population of beneficiaries in the world. The Ministry of Water Affairs has announced that it will implement the National Water Network Key Project by the end of this year to enhance China’s capacity […]

2022/01 Irrigation goes solar for shelterbelt in Taklimakan desert

Rroadside shelter forests along a road crossing in Taklimakan, China’s largest desert in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, will soon be irrigated using purely solar power, local authorities said. By March this year, 86 new photovoltaic power stations will go up along the 566-km road, replacing diesel engines as the power source for pumping […]

2021/12 China launches „Earth satellite“ to support sustainable development of developing countries

The SDGSAT-1 satellite is equipped with three payloads:  . a thermal infrared imager,  . a micro-optical imager, and  . a multispectral imager They are designed to achieve a fine picture of human activity traces around the clock, and will provide data support for the study of indicators characterizing the interaction between humans and nature and […]

2021/11 Chinese team produces Clostridium single-cell protein from CO at 10,000 t scale

In a cooperation of the CAAS Feed Research Institute and Beijing Shougang Longze New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., a gas fermentation for the production of protein from CO was developed using Clostridium ethanolicum. The anaerobic microorganism is usually studied for its capacity to transform CO into ethanol, similar to C. ljungdahlii. The researchers found that […]

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