China is ramping up efforts to improve the ecology of its major waters, especially the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. Last month, China released its newly adjusted list of wild animals under State priority conservation, which indicates that the protection of Yangtze finless porpoise, an endangered species in the Yangtze River, has been upgraded from the second level to the highest level.
The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) has announced a batch of projects to promote the application of astronomical data and information technology in education and popular science globally. The projects were announced in a memorandum of cooperation between the IVOA and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
An international research team led by Chinese scientists has discovered tree fossils dating back 300 million years in a coalfield in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The species, Paratingia wuhaia, with fruit clusters similar to pine cones and leaves similar to fir leaves, was one of the main plants that formed coal.
In the next five years, Chinese scientists hope to develop a long-distance, high-speed quantum communication system using only domestically made parts that can also be integrated with classical communication technologies, China's leading quantum scientist told China Daily in an exclusive interview.
Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel is an associate professor at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITPCAS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His work focuses on mountain climate system as well as climate change adaptation for local communities in the Third Pole region. Just recently, Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel was invited to participate in the symposium held by Premier Li Keqiang for representatives of foreign experts working in China, before the Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year.
Over the last five years, I witnessed the growth of China particularly in science and technology. Fully equipped labs and large research funds provided an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research. I also got the chance to attend international conferences in the field. At my working unit, everyone was welcoming. I was the first CAS-PIFI candidate who joined this institute. Later, many other Asian and European people joined; some completed their work and some are still working.
I am honored to have the CAS President's International Fellowship for Special Experts, which offers unique possibilities for foreign scientists to establish and foster collaboration with their colleagues in Chinese research institutions, and in my particular case it was of central importance for establishing first contacts during short visits to finally realize long-term research collaboration.
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