Highlights of China's science news

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BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the highlights of China's science news from the past week:


Chinese researchers have found that the southeastern region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau went through great climatic and vegetation changes from desert to forest due to a topography shift 44 million years ago.

According to the research article, the altitude of the area rose rapidly from 700 to 3,800 meters above sea level due to the northward subduction of the Indian subcontinent, leading to a series of climatic and vegetation changes.


The metallic element lithium can be generally produced in Sun-like stars after they go through a helium flash, according to a study by Chinese astronomers, published on Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The researchers discovered that the lithium content of the observed stars is 200 times higher than theoretical predictions, on average, after a helium flash. This is an inevitable event in the evolution of Sun-like stars, indicating that they generally produce lithium after a helium flash.


Beijing on Wednesday started building a support platform for scientific research.

The platform, located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, will provide support for scientific research and experimental technology training, public academics, sci-tech service, as well as operation and maintenance, for a national science center in Huairou. The construction of the facility will be completed in 30 months.


China plans to support international cooperation research projects on drugs, vaccines, test kits, and traditional Chinese medicine to fight COVID-19.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has released an application guide to solicit at most 37 international anti-COVID-19 cooperation projects focusing on the four orientations. The aim is to strengthen research cooperation with virus-ravaged countries and related international organizations via innovative cooperation in international science and technology, and to share research data and experience in combating the pandemic. Enditem

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