China science, technology news summary -- May 14

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BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.


A team of Chinese engineers has developed a new class of biomimetic soft drone grippers that allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform a variety of tasks, such as retrieving a key hanging from a tree branch or snatching branches from moving water.

Researchers from Zhejiang University drew inspiration from such climbing plants and designed two U-shaped, eccentric circular tube actuators. The U-shaped bending ability of these actuators allows UAVs to grasp objects by using a hook or a vine-like rope.


Chinese researchers have successfully restored two shell paintings from the Warring States period (475-221 BC) in north China's Hebei Province, according to a recent research article published in the Journal Cultural Heritage.

Morphological analysis showed that these two shells mainly inhabit the intertidal and subtidal zones along the coastal regions of China.


A new mega factory project of U.S. carmaker Tesla Inc. has been granted a construction permit, according to the management committee of Lingang new area of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

As Tesla's first energy storage mega factory project outside the U.S. market, it is located in the Lingang new area and expected to go into mass production in the first quarter of 2025.

The factory will initially produce 10,000 Megapack units every year, equal to nearly 40 GWh of energy storage. Enditem

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