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Chinese scientists make breakthrough in nano technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Various of PPT introducing nano technology. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Chinese scientists have recently made a breakthrough in nanotechnology research, injecting new momentum into new energy and material development in China.

A news conference was held by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Wednesday to announce the significant results of the nano research special project which was launched five years ago.

The all-solid-state lithium-ion battery developed by the project can provide a stable supply of electricity to the deep-sea research of the Mariana Trench with a single maximum power supply time of 20 hours. This breakthrough indicates that China has mastered the core technology of 10,000-meter power supply. It also lays a solid foundation of energy supply for deep-sea space station experiment.

“We have done more than 1,000 cycles of third-party testing. In security testing, we have adopted a stricter testing standard than the power batteries, and they all passed the test. So we think this will be a very important technology for the future,” said Li Hong, a researcher at Institute of Physics, CAS.

After five years of hard work, Chinese researchers have made a major breakthrough in basic studies and turned their results in research into mass production and industrial applications. A series of nano-core technology innovation has been achieved in power lithium-ion batteries, green printing, nano-catalysis, health care, drinking water treatment and other industries. The technology breakthrough has provided a strong support for China’s new energy, new materials and other emerging industries of strategic importance.

“We have now played a leading role in formulating two international standards. We have six others which are in the process of further improvement. We also have more than 30 national standards. They cover the standards of testing high-energy-density power batteries. The promulgation of these standards worldwide will provide a reference for the manufacturing of these products by our peers in other countries, and at the same time help our products to get access to the international market,” said Wang Chen, principal investigator of the nano special project. — 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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