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
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
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
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
by Lucas Mearian, ComputerWorld
Lower taxes for solar power continues to drive market expansion globally, report says
China continues to lead the world in solar-power installations and is expected to increase its capacity by more than 7 gigawatts (GW), or 7 billion watts, over last year, according to a new report.
Last year, China installed 15.13GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, reaching a cumulative solar capacity of 43.48GW, according to research firm GlobalData. Continue reading China leads the world in solar power installations
by Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget
There’s still a ton of research and testing to do before this cancer treatment goes mainstream, though.
As predicted, it happened: On October 28th, Chinese oncologists at Sichuan University were the first in the world to insert CRISPR-modified cells into a patient suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to Nature. The journal reports that this first round of treatment in a safety trial went well enough to warrant a second injection of the Cas9-edited cells, and that nine more people will undergo the treatments in the future. From there, the patients will be monitored for at least six months, if not longer, to “determine whether the injections are causing serious adverse effects.” Continue reading China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes