Highlights of China's science news

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BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the highlights of China's science news from the past week:


China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has identified more than 240 pulsars, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Based on the data collected by FAST, scientists have published over 40 quality papers. With the help of the advanced telescope, Chinese research teams have become a key force in studying fast radio bursts.


Construction has begun on a science center led by the Guangzhou-based Sun Yat-sen University, with the aim to boost astronomy research in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The center is a part of a project known as the Chinese Space Station Telescope, which is scheduled to be launched into a low-Earth orbit in 2024. The telescope will function as a space optical observatory for Chinese scientists to carry out sky surveys, said Yu Cong, a professor with the university.


An institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has partnered with the renowned Science Magazine to launch an English-language journal offering research in the field of remote sensing, which will publish its first issue online in early 2021.

The Journal of Remote Sensing, in an open-access format, will publish the latest research results of global scientists and academic articles that solve major scientific puzzles in remote sensing, according to the joint sponsor Aerospace Information Research Institute of the CAS on Monday.


The third-generation hybrid rice developed by Yuan Longping, the "father of hybrid rice," and his team achieved a yield of 911.7 kg per mu (about 667 square meters) in an experiment in central China's Hunan Province.

High yield and resistance to disease, cold and lodging are the advantages of the third generation hybrid rice, compared with the previous two generations, said Li Xinqi, a researcher at Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center and host of the third-generation hybrid rice project.


China has set up a science fiction research center in Beijing as part of its efforts to boost the country's sci-fi development.

Launched by the China Research Institute for Science Popularization, which is affiliated to the China Association for Science and Technology, the China Science Fiction Research Center will focus on sci-fi research, industry, and international cooperation. Enditem

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