Mars One recruits in China

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Today on April 26, the founders of the Mars One Project officially launched their search in Asia for the first human settlers of Mars. At the Asia press conference held in Shanghai, the founders of the Mars One Project updated the press on the progress of the project. Since the announcement of the selection programme earlier this week in New …

Dutch royal coin in orbit around earth!

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At 12:13PM (Chinese time) today Dutch company ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) launched three CubeSats along with a very special payload into orbit on a Chinese Long March 2D launch vehicle. The three small satellites were launched in a launch adapter developed by ISIS, called ISIPOD. The ISIPOD “piggybacked” on the launch of a Chinese high resolution earth observation satellite, …

Dutch career event at Fudan University in Shanghai

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Today on 25 April, Consul General Peter Potman opened the ‘Dutch Career Day’ event at Fudan University, Shanghai. Mr. Peter Potman praised in his opening remark the various collaboration initiatives between Fudan University and The Netherlands: “The double degree programme of Groningen University and Fudan University is a great example of the many interactions between the university and The Netherlands.” …

Chinese general aviation maker to expand abroad

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China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) acquired leading general aircraft maker Cirrus Aircraft in the United States in 2011. Caiga is an unit of state-owned China Aviation Industry Corp (Avic), the country’s largest aircraft maker. The acquisition of Cirrus was the first made by China’s aviation industry in the US aircraft manufacturing sector. The take-over by China Aviation Industry General …

China’s “Mid and Long Term Outline for Large Science Facilities Development(2012-2030)” published

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  China announced its “Mid and Long Term Outline for Large Science Facilities Development (2012-2030)” last week. This is China’s first systematic strategy paper ever published for national science infrastructure deployment and development. The Outline listed detailed science facility development plans for the next 20 years in seven key and strategic fields: energy, life sciences, earth system and environment sciences, …

Dutch Innovators in Science & Technology

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The Netherlands Consulate in Shanghai is organizing many events in the days before Queen’s day and after the investiture (coronation) of the new King. You can find them all on DutchDays.cn. One of these events is organized by us, the Netherlands Office for Science & Technology. Dutch Innovators in Science & Technology (DIST2013) is a science popularization event taking place …

China plans to build 100 new humanities and social science key research bases

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The Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) recently announced the 2013 development plan of the key humanities and social sciences research bases. Between 2012 and 2015, MOE plans on building 100 key research bases and 20 social science laboratories on themes like economics, society, politics, diplomatic relations, law and national defense. To implement the “Action Plan for Education in the 21st …

China’s bio-engineered-based materials

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The story about China’s need for resources and materials is nothing new, but the country’s approach to create biomaterials and organic fibers on the other hand is. GMO as solution to increase and optimize output of wood and bamboo plantations is now commonly used in China. Asia Pulp & Paper workers classify 3-month-old Acacias in Dingan, northeast of Hainan province, …

World’s cleanest, most efficient, lightweight, and lowest cost internal combustion engine

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Zhongding Power and EcoMotors yesterday announced a commercial agreement to produce the opoc® engine, a breakthrough technology that has the potential to be the world’s cleanest, most efficient, lightweight, and lowest cost internal combustion engine. One of the largest automotive component conglomerates in China, Zhongding will finance and construct the first opoc® plant in the Anhui Province. The plant represents …

Hong Kong PolyU and China Academy of Space Technology set up joint lab

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has just signed an agreement with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) to set up a joint laboratory in Mechanics and Space Environment Engineering. This follows other agreements for a joint laboratory in Precision Engineering for Space Applications and collaboration on the development of a space tool to collect lunar rock samples. Through …