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China to probe far side of moon this year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Animations of lunar probe orbiting Moon (Courtesy of China Central Television (CCTV)

China plans to probe the far side of the Moon starting from the end of 2018, according to the country’s space scientists.

The far-side lunar probe will use Chang’e-4 for a soft landing and start researches, said Bao Weimin, director of the technology department under the China Aerospace Science and Technology.

As the Moon’s rotation period is equal to its revolution period, which is called as synchronous rotation by scientists, there is always one side of the Moon facing away from the Earth, known as the far side.

Therefore, contacts cannot be made from the Earth to Chang’e-4. To ensure the smooth communication, scientists will first launch another satellite to relay the information sent by Chang’e-4 to the Earth. — Reuters

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Robots fly, dance, and make cocktails at China’s World Robot Conference

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

 

Robots on display in China | Reuters

 

China’s third annual World Robot Conference kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday (August 15), with robotic flying, dancing, and cocktail-making all on display.

German automation firm Festo showcased its bio-inspired semi-autonomous robotic bat. The robot flies on a fixed track using a motion-tracking camera. Images and flight patterns are fed into a central computer, where a virtual counterpart can improve the robot’s flight plans.

One of the most eye-catching exhibits was a bartending robot with automated arms that can handle all the shaking, stirring, muddling and garnishing necessary to make up a cocktail in just one minute. The robot, developed by a group from the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, will cost around US$300,000 once available.

Another popular highlight at the conference is a life-size replica of former Chinese NBA basketball star Yao Ming, which entertains visitors by shooting hoops.

China is still one of the largest markets for industrial robots with a growing demand for various kinds of products.

The World Robot Conference runs from August 15 to 19, with over 300 experts and entrepreneurs participating to showcase their works. — Reuters

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Violent tornado touches down in north China, ravaging villages

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

Amateur footage of Tornado | Reuters

A rare tornado touched down in Jinghai District of north China’s Tianjin Municipality Monday afternoon, snapping utility poles in half and causing damage to local residences.

The tornado was formed at around 17:30 and barreled through swathes of crop fields and several villages.

Videos taken by local residents showed the sizable tornado from a distance and the glass roof shaking while the fierce wind carrying debris across.

Fortunately, no one was severely injured except a man in Xiwuli Village who was slightly bruised, according to the emergency response team.

Xiwuli village was one of the most affected areas with a utility pole snapping in half then hitting a car. A cottage was flattened while damage to varying degrees has also been caused to some orchards.

The clear-up work and repairs to the broken power facilities are currently underway. — Reuters

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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and China Pres. Xi Jinping (PCOO)

 

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to the Philippines by year-end is the latest sign of improving relations between the two countries.

Malacañang said that President Xi’s visit will take place after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November.

But prior to his visit, a deal on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea may possibly be forged.

This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the creation of a group that will study the proposal.

The Palace also expects Xi to visit Davao City, the home town of President Duterte.

“He was looking forward to visiting the Philippines and I remember in China, the President even invited him not just to come to the Philippines but to come to his house and have dinner in his house in Davao,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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