China science, technology news summary -- Jan. 24

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BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.


Chinese researchers have identified a key protein essential for the novel coronavirus to infect humans, providing valuable information to help evaluate the public health risk.

They suggested the natural reservoir of the virus is likely to be bats.


China announced that it will launch its first Mars mission probe in July this year, China Youth Daily reported Thursday, adding that this is the first time the country disclosed the launch month of its Mars exploration program.

The Mars probe will be sent by the Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket, which has completed a 100-second test for its high thrust hydrogen-oxygen engine.


Chinese researchers have identified a specific neuron that makes fruit flies maintain personal space and form orderly clusters.

They found that fruit flies in shallow, covered dishes form orderly clusters with regular space between flies spontaneously. They used their legs and wings to touch each other and establish personal space. Enditem

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