Chinese, Australian astronomers reveal the Milky Way's warped spiral pattern

BEIJING, Feb.5 (Xinhua) -- A new study by Chinese and Australian astronomers has developed the world's first accurate three-dimensional picture of the Milky Way's warped appearance, showing that the galaxy's disc is not flat but warped and twisted far away from the center.Photos: XinhuaThe study was published online in the journal Nature Astronomy on Tuesday.Many people believed the galaxy would

New app lets dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match

If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.Feb. 1, 2019, a potential pet owner looks at a stray dog at a shelter in Vilnius, Lithuania. A group of animal enthusiasts in Lithuania have created the

5 reasons why autonomous cars aren’t coming anytime soon

In this Dec. 18, 2018, photo one of the test vehicles from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, navigates through the strip district near the company offices in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AP)In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them

SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engine Raptor

SpaceX propulsion test is shown in this image from a recent first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine in McGregor, Texas, US and released by Elon Musk on social media on September 25, 2016. (Photo: VCG)"First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team," founder and CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk tweeted late

Tech giants respond more quickly to hate speech: EU

EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova gives a press conference on the fourth monitoring of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on February 4, 2019. (Photo: VCG)Internet giants have more than doubled the rate at which they fight hate speech online than when they joined the

Chinese research mission to Antarctic leaves Taishan station

ANTARCTIC INLAND, Feb. 3 -- The 37 members of the 35th Chinese research mission to the Antarctic -- from the Kunlun and Taishan teams -- left Taishan station for the 520-km-away Zhongshan station on Sunday amid a snowstorm.

Carbon fiber may be engineered into a battery: study

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) - American researchers developed a kind of porous carbon fiber that may power cars using energy stored in their exterior shells.Spools of carbon fiber filaments are seen at Arevo Labs in Santa Clara, California, May 10, 2018. (File Photo: VCG)The study published in this week's Science Advances reported the way of creating carbon fibers that wouldn't

A deep dive with China's 'Deep Sea Warrior' submersible

After a recent refueling stop in Mauritius, China"s “Deep Sea Warrior” submersible left for its next operation in the Indian Ocean to continue its deep-sea diving mission. The manned submersible can reach a depth of 4,500 meters.In the past two months, “Deep Sea Warrior” made 43 dives, and conducted geological, geophysical, geochemical and biological investigations and sampling of hydrothermal systems

What is a polar vortex? And is it linked to climate change?

The polar vortex is a phenomenon that refers to a big counter-clockwise flow of air, like a big cyclone up in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Usually, the circular bands act as walls to keep cold air locked at the poles. But, every so often, the winds break down and allow the cold air to escape and that's what's happening

Beijing biodiversity meet to debate '30 percent by 2030' target

Ahead of a crucial global meet on biodiversity next year, a group of 13 international conservation organizations urged governments to set an ambitious target to protect the world"s natural sites and wildlife population.Animals in the wild (Photos: VCG)At least 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans must be conserved and effectively managed by 2030.

Research reveals giant pandas' more diversified diet 5,000 years ago

The "menu" for giant pandas 5,000 years ago might have been more diversified than today, when the black-and-white mammal lived in a wider range of environment besides bamboo forest, according to new research.(File Photo: VCG)Giant panda changed from omnivorous to vegetarian over its 8 million years of evolutionary history. It had been believed that giant pandas shifted to eating just

Apple apologizes for bug and thanks teen for reporting

Apple Inc. said on Friday it has fixed a privacy flaw in its group video chat software and that it plans to improve how it handles reports of software bugs after a teenager and his mother tried for days to warn the iPhone maker of the bug.Read more: FaceTime glitch lets iPhone users eavesdrop on othersApple said on Monday it

Australian scientists tap crucial protein pointing to better stem cell development

2 -- Australian scientists said they have found a way to promote stem cell growth by tapping a crucial protein that gives living tissues the ability to stretch and retract, pointing to a major step toward the body's ability to repair itself. Stem ce

Baidu plans new AI cloud computing center in north China

China"s artificial intelligence (AI) giant Baidu has decided to set up an AI cloud computing center in the northern Chinese city Baoding, Hebei Province, in its latest efforts to build more smart cities.The AI cloud computing center is super-large in scale and will serve users in the Xiongan New Area and other places in north China by leveraging its mega

China, US lead in AI innovation

(Photo: VCG)China and the United States leadthe world in AI innovation, according to a reportissuedby the United Nations'World Intellectual Property Organization on Thursday.The report,the first in the"WIPO Technology Trends"series, reveals trends in patenting of artificial intelligence (AI) innovations.It uncovers more than 340,000 AI-related patent applications and 1.6 million scientificpapers published since AI first emerged in the 1950s.Among the top 30

Fix coming for Apple’s FaceTime

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. (File photo: AP)Apple says it’s fixed the FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature. It plans to turn the service back on

Green energy to power all 2022 Winter Olympic venues

China is poised to set a record during the 2022 Winter Olympics by using green energy in all venues, a first in the history of the Olympic Games.2022 Winter Olympic venues construction site (Photo: VCG)The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games reached an agreement with State Grid on Wednesday for renewable energies produced from clean

Facebook bans accounts tied to Indonesian fake news group

Facebook has shut down hundreds of accounts and pages linked to an Indonesian group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news, the company said Friday. The world"s biggest social network said cyber group Saracen engaged in "coordinated

Chinese researchers develop dual-humanized mice for hepatitis B study

Researchers from Xiamen University and Zhejiang University have developed the world's first model mice to accurately delineate the natural history of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and immune-pathophysiology, the development of disease as affected by the immune system.File photo: VCGTeams led by Professor Xia Ningshao of Xiamen University and Li Jun at the First Affiliated Hospital at Zhejiang University spent

Chinese study on quantum communication wins Newcomb Cleveland Prize

A study on quantum communication made by Chinese scientists will receive the 2018 Newcomb Cleveland Prize as it laid the groundwork for ultra-secure communication networks of the future. The American Association for the Advancement of Science anno

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