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The Black Death plague just reappeared in China

by Mike Wehner, BGR

At least two people in China are under close observation and are receiving treatment for infections of the same plague that devastated Europe in the mid-1300s. The two confirmed cases originated in north China and were confirmed by doctors in Beijing earlier this week.

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This Ghastly Sack of Cells may be your Distant Ancestor

by Sarah Fecht, Popular Science

SAY HELLO TO GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT … GRANDPA

In a paper in Nature, scientists claim to have found humanity’s oldest known ancestor. This horrifying, bag-like sea creature lived about 540 million years ago and was recently dug up in China.

Technically, the oldest known fossils go way farther back, to about 3.5 billion years. But those were cyanobacteria, and although we’re related to them, those photosynthetic creatures are on a different branch of Earth’s family tree. Continue reading This Ghastly Sack of Cells may be your Distant Ancestor

China’s Future Submarine could go the Speed of Sound

by Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science

Thanks to a gas bubble and a liquid lubricant

The submarine of the future may come to America in a super fast bubble, traveling under water. Researchers at China’s Harbin Institute of Technology developed a new concept for submarine “supercavitation,” where an underwater vessel creates a pocket of air around itself. Inside this bubble, the submarine can travel much faster without friction of water creating drag and slowing it down. Theoretically, a supercavitated vessel using rocket engines could travel inside that air pocket at almost the speed of sound. Continue reading China’s Future Submarine could go the Speed of Sound

China says its world-first ‘exascale’ supercomputer is almost complete

by Bec Crew, Science Alert

1,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second

If you’ve never heard of an exascale computer before – known unofficially as a super-supercomputer – don’t worry, it doesn’t even exist yet. 

But 2017 could be the year that all changes, because China just announced that its world-first exascale supercomputer prototype is due for completion in the coming months. If this thing works as it should, it will be the fastest computer in the world, capable of performing 1 quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second. Continue reading China says its world-first ‘exascale’ supercomputer is almost complete

China connected more than 34GW of solar in 2016

by John Parnell, PV TECH

New data from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has revealed that an additional 34.24GW of solar was connected to the country’s grid in 2016.

There is now a total of 77.42GW of solar PV. The 126% increase in annual installation outstrips the NEA’s cumulative market growth figure of 81.6%. A surge in connections occurred in the first half of 2016 as developers looked to guarantee their feed-in tariff before a planned drop. Almost two thirds (22GW) of the 2016 total was installed in H1. Continue reading China connected more than 34GW of solar in 2016