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, …

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 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.” …

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, …

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 launches new funding round for S&T cooperation with Europe

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The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) recently announced the 2013 round of the China-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Program. The ministry will make max. 3 million RMB (approx. EUR 370.000) available for EU-China cooperation projects to support the development of joint innovation centers, incubators, and cooperation platforms, from research and development to demonstration and the translation of research …

Shanghai scientists find new method to attack cancer

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Scientists from the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences (SIBS) announced they have found a new mechanism governing the programmed death of cells, providing a new target for cancer treatment and altering a 15-year-old theory on how tumor cell death is controlled. The work could help limit the types of bad side effects caused by current cancer medicines according the scientists. …

Biobased membrane for hemodialysis

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A dialysis membrane module is used in the pressure-driven hemodialysis process to remove excess waste products and water from the body. Material requirements for usage for blood purification are strict. Therefore the amount of membrane materials which can be used in clinical application are very limited. Cellulose and polysulfone are two main membrane materials, and the related technologies are now …

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) forms alliance with 17 academies

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The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s top research institution, formed an alliance with 17 provincial academies of sciences to share resources and improve innovation. Through the alliance, the provincial institutions can take part in nationwide or regional research programs and contribute their expertise, CAS President Bai Chunli said at the founding ceremony. The state and provincial institutions will …