Military technology to improve people’s lives

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Today’s China Daily features an article on how military technology can improve (civilian) people’s lives. The article mentions two specific technologies, all developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). The first technology is an advanced control technology originally developed for the military by the university, but now to be applied in the medium-low-speed maglev (operating speed 1t 120 …

World University Rankings: Netherlands and China rising

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The Times Higher Education (THE) posted this interesting graph on the 2012-13 World University Rankings website. Source: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk The graph is showing an outstanding performance of the Netherlands, both in terms of the number of institutions in the top 200, as well as in terms of average change in rank per university. There are now 12 Dutch institutions in the …

Progress in Sino-Dutch cooperation on Low Carbon City project in Shenzhen

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Last week, a second Sino-Dutch expert meeting took place regarding the development of a low carbon city in Shenzhen. The concrete result is to start up Sino-Dutch cooperation on two different issue areas before September 1, 2012. The Dutch delegation consisted of a mix of research institutes, companies and local and national government. In total a number of 50 experts …

Setbacks for Chinese jet(s)?

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This article from Reuters examines some of the problems that have been plaguing China’s civil aircraft program, and are causing delays t0 its plans for entry into service of the COMAC ARJ21 and C919 passenger jets. The report sheds an (unofficial) light on the issues that have been affecting the ARJ21, the most prominent of which is the wing crack …

Scientists at TU Delft succeeded for the first time in detecting a Majorana particle

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Scientists at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM Foundation) have succeeded for the first time in detecting a Majorana particle. Prof.dr.ir. Leo Kouwenhoven and his team in the lab. Photo: Sam Rentmeester. In the 1930s, the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana deduced from quantum theory the possibility of the existence of a very special …

China to release self-developed aircraft engine

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Last month, China’s passenger-jet manufacturer COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China), announced that an overall design plan for an indigenously developed large passenger-jet engine is expected to be released by the end of this year. The engine is developed with the C919 passenger jet in mind. Separately, China SignPost reports that the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) is planning to …