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China ‘winning’ war on smog, reduction of air pollution levels ‘remarkable’: Study
As China's smog war rages, Beijing rearms environmental watchdog
Strong winds rip off airport roof in China; passengers flee
Another Nor’easter Is Heading Towards the East Coast This Week
Russia, China Strike Deal to Jointly Reach for Outer Space
China expects to see heavy air pollution during Lunar New Year
Expect a warm, rainy Chinese New Year: Met Service
Chinese space station will fall in the early hours of Monday but it’s unlikely to land on your roof
2018-04-02 20:01:03 Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is expected to re-enter earth’s atmosphere anytime between 1am and 5am, the European Space Agency said. This is the last and most accurate forecast that will be available until the re-entry, as scientists have reached the limit of their capability to project when the vessel will start its fiery descent. Tiangong-1 was decommissioned by the China in 2016 after serving for five years as a space lab for visiting astronauts   Read More ...
Chinese space station plunges into the ocean. No one hurt. No one there.
2018-04-02 14:46:56 After much fanfare, the rogue Chinese space station, Tiangong 1, finally plunged through the Earth’s atmosphere somewhere over the southern Pacific Ocean at 5:16 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday. It burst into flames and tiny pieces as it made its long-anticipated descent, the Joint Force Space Component Command said in a news release posted on Twitter. It was an anticlimactic finale, as space agencies had warned of the falling space debris — about the size of a school bus — since China lost contact with it in September 2016   Read More ...
China's 'space dream': A Long March to the moon
2018-04-02 14:01:53 BEIJING: The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing's ambitious plans to send humans to the moon. The Tiangong-1 space module, which crashed Monday, was intended to serve as a stepping stone to a manned station, but its problems highlight the difficulties of exploring outer space. But China has come a long way in its race to catch up with the United States and Russia, which have lost spacecraft, astronauts and cosmonauts over the decades   Read More ...
China's Falling Space Station Won't Land On Your Head. Probably.
2018-03-30 05:26:30 Odds are, you probably never gave much thought to NORAD object number 37820 in the seven years since it went into orbit in 2011. But odds are also that you’re giving a lot of thought to it now. That’s because NORAD object 37820 is also known as China’s Tiangong-1 space station, and it’s coming home—fast. Tiangong-1, a school bus-sized object that was home to two crews of taikonauts—or Chinese astronauts—in 2012 and 2013, has been on its own since 2016, when the telemetry link between the ship and the ground was lost   Read More ...
China ‘winning’ war on smog, reduction of air pollution levels ‘remarkable’: Study
2018-03-13 10:14:15 China appears to be “winning” its war on air pollution, making so much progress that life expectancy could rise by more than two years, according to a US university study. The Chinese government has been waging a battle to clear its skies of smog that has cut life expectancy in some regions and prompted its citizens to buy masks and air purifiers to protect themselves during peak pollution days   Read More ...
As China's smog war rages, Beijing rearms environmental watchdog
2018-03-13 10:00:32 BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - China is creating a stronger environmental watchdog as it aims to cap world-leading carbon dioxide emissions and clear smoggy skies. The newly created Ministry of Ecology & Environment will be tasked with cutting emissions and leading the nation's fight against climate change, responsibilities held previously by the powerful National Development & Reform Commission, according to a proposal released on Tuesday (March 13) during the National People's Congress   Read More ...
China shake-up gives climate change responsibility to environment ministry
2018-03-13 09:47:33 SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will hand over a slew of new responsibilities for river, marine and soil pollution as well as climate change to a beefed-up environment ministry, it said on Tuesday, part of its biggest shake-up in years. The 10-year-old Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) will be transformed into the wider-reaching Ministry for Ecological Environment, and will absorb environmental duties formerly held by the land, water and agriculture ministries, China's parliament said   Read More ...
China to establish ministry of ecological environment
2018-03-13 04:30:28 China will establish a ministry of ecological environment to enhance environmental protection, according to a reform plan submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Tuesday. The new ministry will be responsible for the compiling and implementation of China's ecological environment policies, plans and standards, as well as ecological environment monitoring and law enforcement. It will also regulate pollution control and nuclear and radiation safety, and organize inspections of central authorities on environmental protection, according to the plan on institutional restructuring of the State Council, or the cabinet   Read More ...
Researchers figured out how to generate power from falling raindrops – which could solve the biggest problem with solar energy
2018-03-12 20:37:01 One of the biggest problems plaguing the widespread adoption of solar power is, quite simply, rainy weather. Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into electricity. But when it’s cloudy or rainy, they’re rendered useless. There are batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall, designed to store electricity for those cloudy days. But the technology isn’t quite effective or cheap enough to make using solar power worth it in regions that don’t receive a lot of sunlight   Read More ...
Debris from falling Chinese space station could land in southern Michigan
2018-03-12 16:06:49 DETROIT - Southern Michigan is listed within a region of Earth identified as having the highest probability of debris landing from a free-falling Chinese space station. According to the Aerospace Corporation, Tiangong-1 is predicted to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere about April 3, 2018. The organization identified specific regions of the planet where debris from the space station could fall. A portion of southern Michigan is included on the northern "yellow band" region, which has a "higher probability" of encountering debris from the Chinese spacecraft   Read More ...
Evading in-flight lightning strikes by charging a plane: study
2018-03-12 04:30:13 American engineers have proposed a new way to reduce a plane's lightning risk: an onboard system that would protect a plane by electrically charging it. The study, published in the latest American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal, found that if a plane were charged to a right level, its likelihood of being struck by lightning would be significantly reduced. Aviation experts estimate that every commercial airplane in the world is struck by lightning at least once per year   Read More ...
Aerodynamic design complete, Mars probe undergoes trials
2018-03-12 03:00:46 The Mars probe's aerodynamic design is complete and undergoing trials, according to China's major aerospace science and technology researcher and developer. The country's first Mars probe is scheduled to be launched on a Long March 5 launch vehicle by 2020 from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in South China's Hainan Province. The probe will hopefully orbit, land and deploy a rover on the Red Planet   Read More ...
NPC 2018: Sober reading of improvement in air quality needed, says environment vice-minister
2018-03-10 11:46:49 BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The vice-minister of environmental protection, Huang Runqiu, has called for a sober assessment of the recent improvement in air quality and continuous efforts to fight pollution. The structure of industry, energy consumption and transportation should be further optimised to reduce the discharge of pollutants, he told a news conference on Saturday (March 10). The annual average concentration of PM2   Read More ...
Chinese scientists develop power generator adaptable to both sunny, rainy conditions
2018-03-10 09:31:31 Chinese scientists have developed an cost-effective hybrid power generator that generates electricity both in sunny conditions and by collecting the mechanical energy of falling raindrops in rainy days. In a study published in the latest edition of ACS Nano journal, scientists from China's Soochow University introduced their new invention -- a device that combines an existing solar cell with a triboelectric nano-generator (TENG)   Read More ...
Chinese scientists find key factor activating genome expression in human embryos
2018-03-09 02:30:32 Chinese scientists have identified the crucial factor that activates gene expression in human embryos, bringing them a step closer to explaining the mystery of human development at a very early embryonic stage, according to a paper published on the website of the scientific journal, Cell. Human life starts from a fertilized egg. However, in the first two days after fertilization, almost no genes are expressed in human embryos   Read More ...
Chinese universities to work together on polar research
2018-03-09 02:30:14 China's research icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, sails against ice on its way to Zhongshan station in Antarctic, Dec. 20, 2017. (File photo/Xinhua) Fifteen Chinese universities will form a joint center engaged in polar research, according the Ministry of Education (MOE). The research center has a faculty made up of eight academicians, 94 professors, and 38 associate professors. They will monitor and investigate the conditions of ecology, atmosphere, ocean, and glaciers in the polar regions, by sharing data with the research stations of other countries   Read More ...
China's space lab will soon crash to Earth. Scientists think they know where - sort of.
2018-03-08 15:04:55 For the uninitiated, Tiangong-1 launched in 2011 as China's first space laboratory, a prototype for what the country hoped would eventually be a permanent space station. For about five years, it did just that, orbiting the Earth and acting as a base for three missions (two manned, one unmanned) for the Chinese National Space Administration. In September 2016, however, Chinese officials announced that they had lost control of the station, meaning Tiangong-1 (literally "heavenly palace") would eventually defy its name and come hurtling back to Earth   Read More ...
China's space lab will soon crash to Earth. Scientists think they know where - sort of.
2018-03-08 15:04:40 For the uninitiated, Tiangong-1 launched in 2011 as China's first space laboratory, a prototype for what the country hoped would eventually be a permanent space station. For about five years, it did just that, orbiting the Earth and acting as a base for three missions (two manned, one unmanned) for the Chinese National Space Administration. In September 2016, however, Chinese officials announced that they had lost control of the station, meaning Tiangong-1 (literally "heavenly palace") would eventually defy its name and come hurtling back to Earth   Read More ...
China to build massive $1.5 billion panda conservation area
2018-03-08 12:46:16 BEIJING – The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province, the forestry ministry said Thursday. The Sichuan branch of the central bank signed an agreement with the provincial government to finance the Giant Panda National Park's construction by 2023. The park aims to bolster the local economy while providing the endangered animals with an unbroken range in which they can meet and mate with other pandas in the interest of enriching their gene pool   Read More ...
China to build massive $1.5 billion panda conservation area
2018-03-08 12:07:38 BEIJING (AP) — The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province, the forestry ministry said Thursday. The Sichuan branch of the central bank signed an agreement with the provincial government to finance the Giant Panda National Park’s construction by 2023. The park aims to bolster the local economy while providing the endangered animals with an unbroken range in which they can meet and mate with other pandas in the interest of enriching their gene pool   Read More ...
China to build massive $1.5 billion panda conservation area
2018-03-08 11:09:15 BEIJING (AP) — The Bank of China has pledged at least 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to create a massive giant panda conservation park in southwestern Sichuan province. China's forestry ministry announced Thursday an agreement between the bank and the provincial government to finance the Giant Panda National Park's construction by 2023. The park aims to bolster the local economy while improving breeding conditions for wild pandas living in the mountainous region   Read More ...
Albert Einstein's note to young female scientist auctioned in Jerusalem
2018-03-08 07:30:07 A letter written by Albert Einstein in 1928, in which according to the auction house he outlined ideas for his "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", is seen before it is sold at an auction in Jerusalem, March 6, 2018. A note written by Albert Einstein to an Italian woman scientist who had declined to meet him sold at auction on Tuesday along with a batch of other letters left by the renowned physicist   Read More ...
Chinese scientists create gas detector as sensitive as dog's sniffer
2018-03-08 03:02:00 A team of Chinese scientists has used graphene to create an artificial gas detector that is as good as a dog's nose. The study, reported Wednesday in ACS Nano, a monthly scientific journal of the American Chemical Society, showed that the graphene-based nanoscrolls can mimic a dog's sensitive sniffer, which is lined with millions of tiny capillaries. It is well known that dogs have a better sense of smell than humans   Read More ...
Light snow fails to break Beijing's dry spell
2018-03-08 02:30:40 Light snow which fell in parts of Beijing on Wednesday did not break its longest dry spell in 47 years as it was not regarded as "effective precipitation," according to the municipal meteorological observatory. Snow hit the northwest and southwest of the capital Wednesday afternoon, with a maximum precipitation of 1.2 mm in Mentougou District from 1 p.m. to 5 p   Read More ...
China researching reusable space plane, solar drone
2018-03-07 12:37:48 (ECNS) -- The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the main contractor for the Chinese space program, said China is researching an aerospace plane and "solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles". China plans to launch a homegrown, reusable space plane in a project codenamed "Tengyun Project" (or Cloud Riding Project). The spacecraft, now at an early stage of research, can transport people or a payload into orbit from an ordinary airport and then return to Earth   Read More ...
World's oldest nuclear reactor to restart
2018-03-07 12:31:47 The world's oldest nuclear plant, built in 1969, Reactor block 1 at Beznau nuclear power plant, can restart after a three-year shutdown for repairs, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate said on Tuesday. The Beznau facility in the most northerly Swiss canton of Aargau has been out of service since March 2015, when anomalies were found in its steam generator. The safety authorities now say the reactor presents no security risk   Read More ...
Space station core enters production
2018-03-07 12:31:32 Engineers are assembling key module, rocket prototype, mission insider says. China will launch the core module of its manned space station around 2020 and is preparing the rocket that will lift the module, according to a program insider. Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program, said the development of the space station has entered a crucial stage, and engineers have started to build the core module   Read More ...
China's tumbling space station may crash near NZ
2018-03-07 07:43:16 China's first space station is expected to come crashing down to Earth within weeks and scientists estimate debris from Tiangong-1 will survive re-entry and hit our part of the Earth. Scientists from the US-funded Aerospace Corporation have not been able to predict exactly where the hefty module will hit, but Aerospace said in a statement said that there was "a chance that a small amount of debris" from the module would hit the Earth, and they are predicting greater chances of re-entry over New Zealand   Read More ...
New Zealand in path of China's out-of-control space station
2018-03-07 02:43:17 An out-of-control space station put in orbit by China will come crashing back to the planet within weeks and could hit Europe, the US, Australia or New Zealand. The Tiangong-1 space station, which is hurtling towards Earth carrying a "highly toxic chemical", will likely hit sometime between March 24 and April 19. Agencies around the world have been monitoring the doomed 8   Read More ...
Scientists hail solar energy discovery
2018-03-06 20:04:05 American and Chinese scientists have synthesized a new, dual-atom catalyst to serve as a platform for artificial photosynthesis, a move that may help to harvest and store solar energy more efficiently. In a study reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, scientists displayed an iridium catalyst with only two active metal centers, which can directly harvest solar energy and store the energy in chemical bonds, similar to how photosynthesis is performed but with higher efficiencies and lower cost   Read More ...
Tiangong-1: Chinese space station could emit highly toxic vapours when it crashes to earth within weeks, scientists warn
2018-03-06 12:34:28 Aerospace experts have issued guidance to the public over a Chinese space station that is plummeting towards earth and expected to crash within weeks. has been out of control since 2016, with experts estimating it will re-enter the atmosphere at the beginning of April. Scientists have struggled to pinpoint exactly where the 8.5-tonne module will hit. The US-funded Aerospace Corporation said there was “a chance that a small amount of debris” could survive re-entry and make contact with Earth   Read More ...
Strong winds rip off airport roof in China; passengers flee
2018-03-06 07:12:20 Passengers fled in panic after gale-force winds ripped off roofing at an airport in eastern China. Changbei Airport in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, was hit by high winds on Sunday, Huashang Daily reported. In footage shared on social media, passengers were seen screaming and running for cover after the entrance to a departure hall collapsed during the gales. Weather forecasters said the winds reached speeds of over 30 metres a second, equivalent to a violent storm and one category below a hurricane   Read More ...
China tests giant air cleaner to combat smog
2018-03-06 06:09:55 A 60-metre-high chimney stands among a sea of high-rise buildings in one of China’s most polluted cities. But instead of adding to Xian’s smog, this chimney is helping to clear the air. The outdoor air-purifying system, powered by the Sun, filters out noxious particles and billows clean air into the skies. Chinese scientists who designed the prototype say that the system could significantly cut pollution in urban areas in China and elsewhere   Read More ...
Astronomers detect large amount of water in exoplanet's atmosphere
2018-03-06 03:01:41 Using Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, scientists have found the "fingerprints" of water in the atmosphere of a hot, bloated exoplanet located about 700 light-years from Earth. Although the researchers predicted they would see water, they were surprised by how much they found. In fact, the planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to the U   Read More ...
HK researchers identify adverse effects of microplastics to marine animals
2018-03-06 03:01:16 High concentration of microplastics has irremediable negative impacts on marine invertebrates such as slipper limpets, according to a study by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology released Monday. Microplastics are tiny plastic beads less than 5 mm in diameter, which can be found in many health, beauty and household products. A research team led by Karen Chan, assistant professor of the university's division of life science, studied the impacts of microplastics on slipper limpets, an invasive species, and bristle worms, a common fish bait   Read More ...
China's space station could do some ISS work after 2024: observer
2018-03-06 02:30:24 Nation's space station could do some ISS work after 2024: observer. China will launch the core module of its space station by around 2020, with observers predicting that China's space station could play an important role in continuing the work of the International Space Station (ISS). The launch of the core module is aimed at verifying the core techniques, and the team will focus on researching and manufacturing the prototype of the space station this year, Zhou Jianping, chief engineer of China's manned space program and a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said on Monday, the China News Service reported   Read More ...
American, Chinese scientists develop new catalyst to help harvest, store clean energy
2018-03-06 02:30:20 American and Chinese scientists have synthesized a new, dual-atom catalyst to serve as a platform for artificial photosynthesis, a move that may help harvest and store solar energy more efficiently. In a study reported on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, scientists displayed an iridium catalyst with only two active metal centers, which can directly harvest solar energy and store the energy in chemical bonds, similar to how photosynthesis is performed but with higher efficiencies and lower cost   Read More ...
Another Nor’easter Is Heading Towards the East Coast This Week
2018-03-05 18:16:46 Winter Storm Quinn will hit the East Coast Wednesday into Thursday. Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Maine could get over a foot of snow. It could bring down more trees and power lines weakened by last week's storm. After Winter Storm Riley flooded coastal towns in New England, left 2.1 million people without power across the Northeast, and killed at least seven people last weekend, the region is preparing for yet another storm to hit this week   Read More ...
Tibet prefectures recognized for dark sky conservation
2018-03-05 10:30:20 Two prefectures in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region have been recognized for their conservation of dark skies. The China Conservation for Dark and Starry Sky in Ngari and The China Conservation for Dark and Starry Sky in Nagqu have been included in a world list of dark sky protected areas by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), according to the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation   Read More ...
Russia, China Strike Deal to Jointly Reach for Outer Space
2018-03-05 09:31:33 1) US-Russia space collaboration including the joint Deep Space Gateway space station is potentially in jeopardy, largely as a result of Washington’s Russia-Gate campaign directed against the Kremlin. The article nonetheless acknowledges that the US-Russia space station project was agreed upon in September 2017. 2) The Russia-China space program involves both civilian as well as military applications. While this RT report largely focusses on civilian dimensions, it should be understood that Russia and China are military allies under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) (as well as in the contest of bilateral military cooperation channels   Read More ...