Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

The Ryugu asteroid is thought to contain clues about the origins of life.(Photo: AFP)A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.Hayabusa2 touched down briefly on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet into the surface to puff up

Big data to reshape economic landscape

Customers check prices of food products on a touch screen at a supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. (Photo : China Daily)Core industries in China's big data sector could earn more than 720 billion yuan ($106.3 billion) this year, said a report on the sector's outlook from think tank CCID.China's big data sector will witness 25 to 30 percent growth in

Claims in El Chapo case highlight perils of ‘Googling juror’

(Photo: AP)Claims of jury misconduct in the trial of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have drawn new attention to the digital-age challenge courts face in preventing jurors from scouring media accounts or conducting their own research before rendering a verdict. It’s a phenomenon that has been called the “Googling juror.”“Everyone has the world at their fingertips,” said Guzman defense

Innovation boosts coordinated development of Greater Bay Area

Innovation is boosting coordinated development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, according to authorities.A researcher does an experiment at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Industrial Park of Co-operation between Guangdong and Macau, located at the Hengqin Area of the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, on October 23, 2018. (Photos: Xinhua)This

Bytedance denies listing plan on China's new tech board

Bytedance, parent company of content aggregator Jinri Toutiao and short video app Douyin, has denied media reports of an IPO plan on the Nasdaq-style board for tech companies to be launched in Shanghai.File photos: VCGChina Securities Regulatory Commission on Wednesday published a guideline on implementation of a science and technology innovation board at Shanghai Stock Exchange.The board will focus on

Russia to fly new expedition to space station on March 14

21 -- Russia plans to launch the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft with an international crew on board for the International Space Station (ISS) on March 14 from Kazakhstan, crew members said Thursday. The basic crew, including Russian astronaut Alexei Ovchini

Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe successfully lands on asteroid: JAXA data

TOKYO, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) - Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu, data from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed Friday.In this handout photograph taken and released by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerosapace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 21, 2018, researchers and employees work at a control room to operate the

Israel aiming to land on moon with SpaceX launch

In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 file photo, technicians stand next to the SpaceIL lunar module, an unmanned spacecraft, on display in a special clean room during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo: AP)Israel is aiming to land on the moon after hitching a ride with SpaceX.A communications satellite for Indonesia is the main cargo

China vows to step up scientific, technological cooperation with all parties

(Photo: Associated Press)BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- China said Thursday it will grasp the development opportunities brought by a new round of scientific and technological advances and strengthen technological exchanges and cooperation with all parties, including in 5G.Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the comments at a news briefing when asked about some countries' remarks that Chinese enterprises should be

Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger one

A handout released on February 20, 2019 shows an artist's impression of the outermost planet of the Solar System, Neptune, and its small moon Hippocamp. Hippocamp was discovered in images taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Whilst the images taken with Hubble allowed astronomers to discover the moon and also to measure its diameter, about 34 kilometres, these images

Laser TV sales to increase 10-fold by 2022

Sales of laser TV projectors will hit 1 million units in China by 2022 — 10 times the level of this year and making the technology as mainstream as large-size TVs.File photos: VCGCompared with traditional LCD TV, laser TV features easy support for big screens — up to twice the size of LCD TV screens — vivid color, low cost

BeiDou Navigation System completed first outbound trip, eyeing promotion in global markets

Photo via Beidou.cnChinese cargo ship Rongda Changsha equipped with terminal products of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System arrived at Brunei recently after embarking from Luojing Port in Shanghai, marking the first successful application of BeiDou t

Will smartphones fade away in the next five years?

Smartphones, an indispensable daily tool for most people, will potentially fade away and become obsolete in the coming years, depending on whether they can continue to meet user demands or not, said a Chinese software engineering professor in a recen

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram. Romani

New radar system installed at Chinese research base in Antarctica

20 -- Chinese researchers have installed and tested a fluorescence Doppler lidar system at a research base in Antarctica during a mission that was just concluded last week and are now heading home. The system run at Zhongshan Station had enabled the

Chinese smartphone sales dive 10.5 % in 2018

Chinese smartphone sales dropped more than 10 percent year on year in 2018, due to economic pressures, longer replacement cycles and shrinking consumer budgets.Photos: VCGTop vendors in the domestic market were Huawei with 26.4 percent of the market, Oppo with 19.8 percent, Vivo with 19.1 percent, Xiaomi with 13.1 percent and Apple with 9.1 percent, according to the International Data

China sets up first trial 5G campus network

(Photo: VCG)WUHAN, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's first trial 5G wireless network on a college campus has been established in the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China Mobile said Wednesday.The network will enable applications of technologies such as online distant learning featuring augmented reality and virtual reality and campus patrolling with night-vision drones, said an official with HUST,

70 years of forest development: How does China make the world greener?

The forest coverage of China's eastern Fujian Province was 66.8 percent last year, the top ranking in the country for 40 years. (Photo: VCG)We all know the lives of people on the planet depend on air and water, but not everyone is aware that forest plays an essential role. The forest is home to 80 percent of the world's terrestrial

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. (Photo: AP)And now for the weather on Mars: NASA’s newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet’s frigid winter.Starting Tuesday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lowsonline, along with wind

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, the Twitter bird logo is on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Social media company Twitter says Tuesday Feb. 19, 2019, it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections set for the spring of 2019, following similar moves

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