Research Intelligence points at Asia Pacific

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The Elsevier group, Times Higher Education and Fudan University hosted an international conference on research intelligence in Shanghai. University rankings were vigorously discussed. On June 11 2015, the Times Higher Education (THE) launched this years’ Asia University Ranking. On the same day, the Elsevier group, THE and Fudan University hosted an international conference on research intelligence. This event was attended …

China to build up to 8 nuclear power plants in 2015

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The China Nuclear Energy Association revealed that six to eight additional nuclear power stations will start construction in 2015. Furthermore, eight new nuclear plants will be connected to the grid this year. The new nuclear power stations that will be put online this year and the construction of up to eight more will help China achieve its goal of having …

Private firms in China given permission to import oil

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China’s State Council has given its permission for private firms to import crude oil. This year it allows 10 private companies to import up to 30 million tons of crude oil as part of the government’s liberalization policy. The 10 enterprises will be granted oil-import franchises, allowing them to import oil through the China National Petroleum Corporation and Sinopec. Last …

Big Data, in life sciences and beyond

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Everything with a sensor can connect on-line. Data is produced around the clock, describing our whereabouts, behavior, and health. It is rapidly accumulating in the cloud. It can be used at the moment it is produced. It has become Big. On February 10, at the Dutch Consulate-General in Shanghai, ca. 25 people participated in a Bioclouds seminar dedicated to big …

Technology partnering between China and the Netherlands on Advanced Materials

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‘New materials’ is one of the seven priority industries of China’s 12th five year plan. Also in the Netherlands the Dutch public and private sector focus on advanced materials. Both countries know leading companies, universities and institutions in this field. Therefore the Netherlands Office Science and Technology organized a seminar on ‘Advanced Materials’. Representatives of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (SIC), …

Chinese government financial incentives didn’t enhance technological progress

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China’s economy is expanding at its slowest pace in more than two decades. Among the main reasons are less industrial production and less investments. Innovation becomes essential to continue economic growth and facilitate a new earning model (from production to more innovation based). Recently Elsevier published a paper (of JianCheng Guan and Richard C.M. Yam) about the effects of Chinese …

China brings supercomputer to Zimbabwe

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Since last Friday, Zimbabwe is one of the few African countries equipped with a supercomputer. A Chinese-built supercomputer with processing capacity of 36 trillion calculations per second was provided by China’s leading personal computer and server manufacturer Inspur Group. Huang Gang, deputy president of Inspur Group, said the supercomputer is expected to be used in agriculture, weather forecast, mining, gene …

Opportunities chemical industry in China

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The chemical industry in China is a fast growing, dynamic industry and plays a significant role within the Chinese economy. With around 25.000 companies, €1000 billion sales and a global market share of more than 30%, China is also a global key player. For NOST the reason to investigate this industry in depth. Major trends One of the most relevant …

Huawei Launches Global NFV Open Lab

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Huawei launched a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Open Lab in Xi´an, China. The NFV Open Lab is an open innovation center of ICT convergence dedicated to being open and collaborative, expanding joint service innovations with partners, and developing the open eco-system of NFV to aggregate values and help customers achieve business success. From Huawei’s perspective, the main added values from …

China on their way to become a key Antarctic player

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Antarctica, Earth’s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole is thought to be rich in oil, gas and mineral reserves. Since 1959 the Antarctic Treaty, currently signed by 50 countries, protects this area by prohibiting military activities, mineral mining, nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal. Besides, it supports scientific research and protects the ecozone of the continent. Ongoing experiments are …