Two U.S. astronauts conduct spacewalk

Two U.S. astronauts conduct spacewalk

Two U.S. astronauts on Wednesday ventured outside the International Space Station for the first spacewalk of their careers to service and upgrade the orbital laboratory. Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren from the U.S. space agency NASA started the endeavor at 8:03 a.m. EDT (1203 GMT), which is expected to last six hours and 30 minutes, NASA said. The first task for the duo will be to install a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer,…

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California experts offer solutions to stabilize Earth’s climate

California experts offer solutions to stabilize Earth’s climate

University of California (UC) climate experts on Tuesday issued a new report, providing solutions to stabilize Earth’ s climate this century. The report, Bending the Curve, was released at the UC Climate Neutrality Initiative Summit in San Diego, Southern California, and provides 10 scalable solutions to reduce global greenhouse emissions. Addressing the summit on Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown said the solutions from the UC Climate Solutions Group could help shape talks among global leaders…

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China Exclusive: Chinese scientists probe mystery of solar storms

China Exclusive: Chinese scientists probe mystery of solar storms

An aurora dancing in the sky reminds scientist Liu Ying of the skirt of a ballerina. But this poetic image belies a potential source of disaster. How does a super solar storm, which can cause the most magnificent auroras, begin? Scientists are still mystified by it. Liu Ying, a researcher at the State Key Laboratory of Space Weather of the National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has made an outstanding…

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China’s hi-res mapping satellite sends back more visual data

China’s hi-res mapping satellite sends back more visual data

The Ziyuan III satellite, China’s first high-resolution stereo mapping satellite for civilian use, has sent back visual data covering 69.45 million square km of the globe since it was launched in January 2012. The satellite produced images of 190 million square km of fields for mapping, land, mining and water conservancy, ridding the country of its reliance on imports of hi-res satellite images, according to the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation on Wednesday….

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Powerful laser center opens in Czech Republic

Powerful laser center opens in Czech Republic

A powerful laser centre, which will help scientists research the space and fight against cancer, opened in Dolni Brezany, the Czech Republic on Monday. The ELI Beamlines laser center will be fully operated in 2018, said the ELI manager Roman Hvezda. Construction of the laser center will cost 6.8 billion crowns (286 million U.S. dollars), 5.8 billion of which will be paid by the EU. Researchers will have the most powerful laser available in the…

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College students attend “Internet Plus” competition in Changchun

College students attend “Internet Plus” competition in Changchun

A judge makes comments in the final round of the 1st China College Students “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, Oct. 19, 2015. More than 57,250 teams from 1,878 universities took part in the competition. Competitors from Changsha University of Science and Technology roll out a roadshow in the final round of the 1st China College Students “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Changchun, capital of…

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China Exclusive: China aims to go deeper into space

China Exclusive: China aims to go deeper into space

As China’s exploration of the moon progresses, its space experts have begun considering going deeper into the solar system – to Mars, asteroids and Jupiter – and a manned deep-space mission. At a recent conference on deep-space exploration in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, an official urged scientists and technologists to have a pioneering spirit. “When exploring the unknown, we should not just follow others. China should be more creative,” said Liu Jizhong,…

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China to Improve Telecom Services in Rural, Remote Areas

China to Improve Telecom Services in Rural, Remote Areas

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, on Wednesday decided to improve broadband in rural and remote areas. Stronger telecom services will help attract investment and fuel coordinated development, narrowing the gap between urban and rural areas, said a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang. The meeting urged more input from the central budget, more support from local policies and capital, more telecom construction and maintenance from private capital,…

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iPhone 6s challenged by old models in China?

iPhone 6s challenged by old models in China?

Despite Chinese customers seemingly insatiable hunger for the new Apple smartphone models, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the handset still faces challenges, with the biggest likely from old models. A research note shows that the previous models, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, enjoyed stellar sales before the new handsets were released in September, which may encroach the market expansion of new models. The two previous recent models were the best-selling smartphones in…

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EU to open up online payments market

EU to open up online payments market

The European Union (EU) is planning to update rules on payment services so as to open up the online payments market. The European Parliament (EP) adopted the new rules in a vote on Thursday. By enabling new market players to use mobile and online tools to make payments on a client’s behalf, the new rules will cut the cost of paying bills and avoid fraud risks, EP said in a statement. “The EU payment services…

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China Launches Commercial Remote-sensing Satellites

China Launches Commercial Remote-sensing Satellites

China launched a group of four satellites on Wednesday at noon for commercial remote-sensing services, an important step in the development of remote-sensing space technology. The “Jilin-1” satellites, launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, include one optical remote-sensing satellite, two satellites for video imaging and another for imaging technique testing, according to an announcement from the launch center. All four satellites were developed and produced by Chang Guang Satellite…

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News Analysis: China’s green economy could create enormous business opportunities

News Analysis: China’s green economy could create enormous business opportunities

China’s march toward a low-carbon economy and establishing a global energy network will bring more opportunities than risks, experts said. The State Council, China’s cabinet, released an integrated reform plan on the environment on Sept. 21, outlining the efficient use of resources, and ensuring that modernization is in harmony with nature. Also in September, President Xi Jinping told the UN Sustainable Development Summit that China wants discussion on establishing a global energy network to meet…

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Chinese, Irish, Japanese scientists share 2015 Nobel Prize for physiology, medicine

Chinese, Irish, Japanese scientists share 2015 Nobel Prize for physiology, medicine

China’s Tu Youyou, Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute announced Monday. Tu won half of the prize “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria”, while Campbell and Omura were jointly awarded the other half of the prize “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites,” said the assembly. According to…

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Additive breakthrough can cut risk of explosive fuel: U.S. researchers

Additive breakthrough can cut risk of explosive fuel: U.S. researchers

The dangers of explosive fuel, including diesel and jet fuel, could soon be greatly reduced as researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the U.S. army on Thursday reported a breakthrough in creating a new additive that can reduce fuel misting and consequential explosiveness. The new material, described in the U.S. journal Science, is comprised of extremely long-chain polymers known as megasupramolecules and will not kill the engine performance, as many feared. “When…

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Nationwide ETC network now available in China

Nationwide ETC network now available in China

The national network of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) has been built in China. More than 21 million automobiles with ETC systems can travel all over the country with the electronic labels on their windshields. Yang Chuantang, the Chinese Minister of Transport, says that the national network is conductive to easing expressway traffic conditions during the upcoming National Day holiday. China has so far built over 12,000 gates for automobiles with ETC systems and over 50,000…

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