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Xi presides over 6th meeting of central committee for deepening overall reform
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), presided over the sixth meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform Wednesday.
Xi, also Chinese president, chairman of the Central Military Commission, and head of the central committee for deepening overall reform, called for "decisive results" in reforms in crucial areas and key links by 2020.
The country should continue to fight the tough battles and "crack hard nuts," ensure each undertaking is successful, and lay a decisive foundation for fulfilling the reform tasks mapped out by the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, he said. (Xinhua)
China clones gene-edited monkeys
China has cloned five monkeys from a gene-edited macaque with circadian rhythm disorders, the first time multiple monkeys have been cloned from a gene-edited monkey for biomedical research.
Scientists made the announcement Thursday, with two articles published in National Science Review, a top Chinese journal in English. The cloned monkeys were born in Shanghai at Institute of Neuroscience of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Disorders of circadian rhythm are associated with many human diseases, including sleep disorders, depression, diabetic mellitus, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. (Xinhua)
Slovakia approves flights of unmanned NATO aircraft through its airspace
The Slovak government has approved the use of the country's airspace by unmanned North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aircraft that perform NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) tasks, local media reported on Wednesday.
According to Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos, the role of the AGS system is to carry out surveillance and provide information on the ground situation in a determined territory in real or almost real time. (Xinhua)
Beijing to invest billions on building 5G network by 2022
Beijing's communication operators will spend more than 30 billion yuan (around $4.4 billion) on building a 5G network in the city by 2022, according to a 5G development plan.
The 5G network will cover the city's core zone, which is often defined as areas within the Second Ring Road, its subcenter in Tongzhou district, and areas and venues that serve important functions.
The technology will also be applied in major city infrastructure such as the new airport and during important events such as the Winter Olympics in 2022, according to the 2019-2022 plan published by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology on Tuesday. (Xinhua)
China to respectfully dispose of corpses above 8,000 meters on Mt. Qomolangma
China is to dispose of corpses located above 8,000 meters on Mount Qomolangma in a respectful manner, according to recent announcement from Tibet Autonomous Region's Mountaineering Association.
The task will be carried out by the China Mountaineering Team (Tibet), which was established in Lhasa last week.
"First of all, we will select three or four spots on the north slope to place the remains," said Nyima Tsering, captain of the China Mountaineering Team (Tibet). "Where possible, we will move them downhill collectively." (Xinhua)
Europe plans to mine moon: report
The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to mine minerals from the lunar surface, the Daily Mail reported.
ESA has signed up rocket maker ArianeGroup to develop plans to mine regolith on the moon. It hopes to extract water and oxygen from the ore, providing fuel and other materials needed for further exploratory missions, according to the report.
"As ESA and other agencies prepare to send humans back to the Moon - this time to stay - technologies that make use of materials available in space are seen as key to sustainability, and a stepping stone in humankind's adventure to Mars and farther into the Solar System," the Daily Mail quoted ESA as saying. (China Plus)
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In 1945, what caused a 5 minutes delay to London's famous Big Ben?
(Answer: A flock of birds landing on the minute hand.)
Today's quote is from German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).
"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone."
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