Cystic fibrosis links to diabetes

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Researchers from Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing and Tokyo recently reported a functional link between diabetes and cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis occurs when mutations in the CFTR gene hamper the function of the Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. This leads to a “tough mucus” secretion in the lungs, and its most acute symptoms are therefore shortness of breath. Indigestion is also …

China announces 9 pilot Smart Cities

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The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG, formerly known as SBSM) yesterday announced a Smart City pilot program with nine cities throughout China. The nine cities mentioned are Taiyuan, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Wuxi, Linyi, Zibo, Zhengzhou, Henan, Chongqing, and Huhan. Li Weisen, deputy director of NASG believes that “the first nine cities are expected to finish Smart City construction …

Chinese Government Invested 200 million RMB in Setting up 3D Printing Research Institute

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The 3D Printing Research Institute of China was launched on August 8th 2013 at Zijin Hightech Zone of the Nanjing city, Jiangsu Province. The Institute is planned to carry out applied 3D printing research and seek for opportunities for its commercialization and industrialization. The Institute will combine forces of some best Chinese 3D printing research teams from Tsinghua University, Xian …

Dutch Innovators in Science & Technology 2013

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Last Friday evening 8 speakers gave outstanding performances at the Dutch Innovators in Science & Technology (DIST2013) event in Shanghai. The evening was excellently moderated by Professor Mark Greeven of Zhejiang University. If you couldn’t be there on Friday, this is what you missed out on: Levien de Legé, ECN. ‘Real cheap solar energy’ Sander van Deventer, uniQure / Forbion. …

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 …

China’s top 10 science and technology progress of 2012

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Reported by Xinhua News last weekend, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering unveiled the following top ten science and technology progress of China for the year 2012 . Three Chinese astronauts on June 24 successfully completed a manual docking between the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module, the first such attempt in China’s history of …

FOM DIFFER renews collaboration agreements in China

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Last week, the NWO Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (FOM-DIFFER) visited several research partners in China to discuss research collaboration in the field of fusion energy and solar fuels. During the visit to Hefei, FOM DIFFER renewed its cooperation agreement with the CAS Institute of Plasma Physics (ASIPP) and the University of Science and Technology (USTC). The scientific cooperation between …

3D printing challenges China’s manufacturing industry

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An article in Caijing magazine on 3D printing starts with a rather strong quote: “The pressure on the 3D printing industry in China comes primarily from a lack of high-end generic technologies. The root cause is domestic enterprises’ weak R&D capabilities.” According to the reporters of Caijing, the industrialization of 3D printing seems to be budding in Jiangsu and Zhejiang …

Research Report Available on Joint Research Centres and Laboratories in China

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Recently NOST China published a research report on joint research structures (joint centres, institutes or labs) in China following the research project ‘Sino-Dutch Joint Research Structures in China’, which was carried out by a Dutch intern from Leiden University. The aim of the project was to analyze the experiences with establishing joint research centres and labs in China. In total …

China completes this year’s launches

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Turkish earth observation satellite GK-2 is launched on a Long March 2D carrier on Dec. 19, 2012 12:13 a.m Beijing time. (Source: Xinhua) Just a few hours ago China’s Long March carrier rocket series marked its 174th -and this year’s final- flight with the launch of a Turkish earth observation satellite. In total, China completed 19 successful launches this year, …