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Neanderthals inhabited China before arrival of modern humans: Study

The Neanderthals inhabited China before arrival of modern humans: study

A fresh analysis of two skulls found in central China back in 2007 and 2014 has shed light on the ancient humans who inhabited the region before the arrival of modern humans.

While the Neanderthals’ existence in Europe and western Asia before the arrival of Homo sapiens has long been known to scientists, knowledge of equivalent populations of the Neanderthals in East and Central Asia has been scarce.

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New ape species named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker

New ape species named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker

A newly discovered ape species, which lives in eastern parts of Myanmar and southwestern China, has been named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker.

The skywalker hoolock gibbon is also called the Gaoligong hoolock gibbon as the species has been found in the area of Mt. Gaoligong on the Myanmar-China border.

The biologists explained that the Jedi ape is apart from his fellow gibbons mainly due to the shape of its eyebrows and the color of its eye rings. They are also genetically different.

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

Dealing a critical blow to the illegal practice of elephant poaching, Chinese authorities have decided to ban all trade in ivory or any products made of ivory by the end of 2017.

Currently, China is the world’s biggest ivory market, and the decision to ban ivory trade has been taken by authorities after years of intensifying international as well as domestic pressure from wildlife protection advocates.

Carter Roberts, the president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), welcomed the decision, calling a “game changer” for conserving the largest land animal on Earth.

Chinese officials seize 3.4 tons of illegally trafficked pangolin scales

Chinese officials seize 3.4 tons of illegally trafficked pangolin scales

Chinese Customs officials seized more than three tons of illegally trafficked animal parts taken from the bodies of dead pangolins at a port in Shanghai, and arrested three people in connection with the case.

According to the China News Service, customer officers found illegally trafficked pangolin scales of the endangered species on 10th of December in a container of 101 bags that were imported from Africa among declared timbers.

China outlines its space ambitions

China outlines its space ambitions

China has plans to accelerate its space missions, including lunar and Mars excursions, a newly released white paper on the Asian’s country’s policy and space activities revealed.

In the 11,000-word white paper on its policy and activities in space, China outlined its ambitious deep space exploration, lunar exploration, human spaceflights and space science projects as major priorities.

China Successfully Launches Five Small Satellites

China successfully launches 5 small satellites

Pushing ahead with its ambitious space program, China on Thursday successfully launched five small satellites, including the one that could eventually help spacecraft in deep space navigation.

The Asian country launched the satellites using a Long March 11 rocket that lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 7:42 a.m. (23:42 GMT) on Nov. 10, 2016.

The experimental X-ray pulsar navigation spacecraft, called XPNAV-1, was developed by Aerospace Science & Technology Corp.

Fish Fossil Offers More Information on Evolution of Animal Jaws: Research

Fish Fossil Offers More Information on Evolution of Animal Jaws: Research

After analyzing 423 million year old fish fossils, researchers from Sweden and China have offered interesting information about evolution of animal jaws. The research team analyzed fish fossils found in China's Yunnan province belonging to Qilinyu rostrata fish species. The study results have been published in journal Science.

China successfully launches two-man crew to space station module

China successfully launches two-man crew to space station module

Embarking on its longest piloted space flight to date, the Asian country of China launched two astronauts or “taikonauts” into Earth’s orbit Sunday evening for a month-long stay aboard the space station module Tiangong-2.

Carrying the two astronauts, viz. mission commander Jing Haipeng and flight engineer Chen Dong, China’s Long March 2F rocket lifted off from the country’s Gobi Desert-based Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 7:30 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) for Tiangong-2’s 240-mile-high orbit.

Silkworms produce stronger Fibers that conduct electricity after adding Graphene in feed: Research

Silkworms produce stronger Fibers that conduct electricity after adding Graphene in feed: Research

Silkworms were fed with carbon nanotubes and graphene by researchers in China and to their surprise, silkworms produced threads which were stronger and could conduct electricity. The research team is confident that the technique can help in producing durable and conductive threads which could be used for a variety of applications. Graphene has been termed as a wonderful material which could change the way we use electronics and many other materials due to its amazing strength and conductivity.

Milky Way is not spiral-shaped: Study

Milky Way is not spiral-shaped: Study

A research team has come up with the clearest map of the Milky Way. During the process of producing the map, the scientists have come to know that our solar system might be bigger than what was thought earlier.

Till now it is assumed that our galaxy is shaped like a disk, but there is no consensus on its exact structure. One thing on which scientists agree is that Milky Way has four major arms of star, gas and dust spiraling out from its center.

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