Significant progress in carbon nanotube research

Researchers from Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) and Stanford University found an improved method to crosslink carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes have high thermal conductivity, absorption, tensile strength and elasticity. These properties make carbon nanotubes very useful in nanotechnology, semiconductors, and optics. Because these three fields are increasingly important Read more…

Chinese government promotes innovation in precision medicine

China to lead in precision medicine

Precision medicine makes use of genomic, physiological and various other indicators to classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in their susceptibility to a particular disease or their response to certain treatments. Matching patients with the right therapy can save time, cost and lives. According to Cai Xuetao president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Read more…

Dolphin-inspired sonar

Dolphins are capable of having better sonar capabilities than man-made versions, in comparison with the size of the dolphin and the setup required by humans. But now researchers have created a dolphin-based sonar that achieves high directivity with a sub-wavelength sound source, thus overcoming the size-wavelength limitation. Normally a large size acoustic projector, in comparison with Read more…

Sinopec sets up shale gas laboratory

Sinopec announced that they opened a State Key Laboratory on shale oil and gas exploration. The laboratory is part of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute of Sinopec (PEPRIS). Not much details were given except that the lab will closely follow the international frontier scientific development of shale oil and gas. Domestic and foreign experts Read more…

State Key Lab logo

Chinese State Key Labs

Thirty years ago China created its first State Key Laboratory (SKL). This news item is a short introduction into this government innovation policy instrument. SKLs are not to be confused with National Laboratories or National Engineering Research Centers, both of which will be discussed in separate news items. SKLs have Read more…

Researchers discover boron buckyball

Researchers from Shanxi University, Tsinghua University, Brown University, and Fudan University reported the observation of an all-boron fullerene in Nature Chemistry. After the discovery of ​fullerene-C60 it took almost 20 years for the possibility of ​boron-based fullerene structures to be considered, it took another 10 years to actually observe this all-boron fullerene-like cage cluster. The involved researchers have Read more…