Huawei's creative ad shows phone connectivity with Beidou satellites

Huawei on Wednesday launched a new creative campaign that highlights major specifications of its latest flagship smartphone series, the Mate 50, including its direct connectivity to Chinas BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).A screenshot from Huaweis latest campaign released on December 21, 2022, that features satellite connectivity on its Mate 50 phones.In a four-minute short movie, a Chinese astronaut named Xiao Ma accidentally broke the signal tower on the moon and lost contact with the space station. However, he was eventually rescued thanks to Huaweis Mate 50 phone with features such as satellite communications, low power emergency mode and ultra-large aperture camera.The company also had a moon-themed creative campaign for its Mate 20 series back in 2018 that featured a human landing on the moon.Huaweis Mate 50 is the first to support satellite connectivity using BDS, a GPS-like satellite network that covers the entire globe, but users can only send messages in open places and the function is limited in the Chinese mainland.The phone was released in September.

International cargo flight uses China-developed bio jet fuel

Aviation biofuel developed by Chinas Sinopec was used for an international cargo flight on Monday for the first time, the company said.A jar of used cooking oil placed next to a jar of the Sinopec-produced sustainable aviation fuel. (Photo: China Media Group)The flight took off from Hangzhou City in east Chinas Zhejiang Province and landed in Belgium after 12 hours in air.Sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, is produced from sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, animal fat or farming and forestry waste. Air bp, the aviation sector of British Petroleum, estimated that SAF can reduce up to 80 percent in carbon emissions over the lifecycle of the fuel compared to traditional jet fuel it replaces, depending on the sustainable feedstock used, production method and the supply chain to the airport. Sinopec began developing the fuel using cooking oil or "gut oil" since 2009 and gained airworthiness certificate for the fuel in 2014. It started to produce such aviation fuel at an industrial-scale facility in east China since June this year.The fuel has already been adopted by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Air China for domestic flights.

AI and 5G: How China is using latest tech to protect wildlife species

In the late 1990s, not many people saw Siberian tigers or Amur leopards in the wild.A Tibetan antelope is seen at Hol Xil area of Sanjiangyuan National Park in northwest Chinas Qinghai Province, September 28th, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)The two most endangered carnivores on the planet, previously found mainly in southeastern Russia and northeast China, almost became extinct.In 2015, the big cats were rediscovered in northeast Chinas Jilin Province by a research team at Beijing Normal University. This was after the team, which focused on tiger and leopard research, had carried out nearly a decade of fieldwork searching for the rare beasts.Researchers installed a network of 3,000 infrared cameras to monitor the wildlife species, which were crucial in finding endangered animals.The protection work was facilitated by the launch of a Space-Ground Integrated Monitoring Platform in Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park. As the worlds first real-time monitoring system covering air and land, it is supported by technology including cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).The technology-driven monitoring system is more effective than the manual processes used in the past. The data can be transported back to scientists thousands of kilometers away."In areas covered with dense forests, and steep, rugged terrain, it is very difficult and inefficient for scientists to carry out the research and protection work only on foot," said Wang Jun, a researcher from the Institute of Ecological Conservation and Restoration of the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning."Now we can collect much more comprehensive information on the living and growth status of animals and plants with the collaboration of various technologies," Wang told CGTN.The collaboration that Wang refers to is a process of information collection, transmission and analysis. As monitoring cameras are densely deployed in the area and connec...

Can generative AI give us closer look at future?

The AI selfie has gone viral on China’s social platforms recently. Users turn their selfies into anime using AI-based apps and share them online. Topics related to AI selfies are trending on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China.(File photo: VCG)AI can not only generate selfies, but also essays, paintings and other content. This is what we call generative AI. The cutting-edge technology enables anyone accessing the Internet to produce content after it is given a few descriptive words. Thus some believe the generative AI could give us a glimpse of the future.AI-generated content has already made waves around the world. In October 2022, Théâtre D’opéra Spatial, a painting created by game designer Jason Allen and AI-based painting tool Midjourney, took first prize at the Colorado State Fair’s annual art competition, making it the first AI-generated picture to win such a prize. In December, the US research and deployment company OpenAI released ChaGPT, an AI chat model which can engage in human-like conversations, generate essays and even write computer code, attracting worldwide attention.In China, tech companies also smell the opportunities presented by generative AI. Tik Tok and the Meitu app have launched AI art filters for their users. The latter ranked at the top of international app charts. Baidu, another tech giant in China, developed Wenxinyige, a platform for AI art and innovation, allowing users to create paintings in different genres, including water-ink paintings and modern illustration, with just one sentence or even a poem.As AI art continues to amaze people, worries about whether AI is getting too smart have begun to emerge. Some believes advanced AI models nowadays could give power to anyone accessing the Internet, and threaten the jobs and creativity of artists and will end up destroying art itself.It is natural to worry about the impact of generative AI, yet we don’t need to be too pessimistic about it.As we enter an era when everyone can use AI, so...

Chinese space-tracking ship sets sail for new missions

NANJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinas tracking ship Yuanwang-3 departed from a port on Sunday for new spacecraft monitoring missions.(Photo: Xinhua)The crew members will spend the New Year holiday and Spring Festival during this voyage. Before setting sail, they had examined facilities, received training, and replenished supplies to ensure the success of the missions.This year, the ship has spent more than 120 days at sea, sailing over 33,000 nautical miles, and completed four monitoring tasks, including the one for the Shenzhou-14 manned spaceflight.Yuanwang-3 represents Chinas second-generation space tracking ship. It undertakes maritime tracking and monitoring of high-, medium- and low-orbit satellites, spaceships, and space station modules.Since it was launched more than 20 years ago, the ship has made more than 60 voyages and completed 100 missions, including tracking of the Shenzhou spaceships, the Change lunar probes, and BeiDou satellites, maintaining a 100 percent success rate.

The significance of biodiversity conservation

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines biodiversity as the variability and diversity among organisms. This diversity encompasses all plants, animals and microorganisms, as well as all their genes, and the diverse ecosystems in which they live.Biodiversity is closely related to

NASA launches new mission to survey Earth's water

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography spacecraft onboard, California, U.S., December 16, 2022. /CFPNASA launched the newest Earth science satellite on Friday to track nearly all the water on Earth surface.The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft was launched atop a SpaceX rocket at 3:46 a.m. Pacific Standard Time Friday, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in the western United States of California.The satellite will measure the height of water in freshwater bodies and the ocean on more than 90 percent of Earths surface, according to NASA.This information will provide insights into how the ocean influences climate change, how a warming world affects lakes, rivers and reservoirs, and how communities can better prepare for disasters, such as floods, said NASA.After SWOT separated from the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, ground controllers acquired the satellites signal. SWOT will undergo a series of checks and calibrations before it starts collecting science data in about six months, according to NASA.Jointly developed by NASA and the French space agency Centre National DEtudes Spatiales, with contributions from the Canadian Space Agency and United Kingdom Space Agency, SWOT is the first satellite mission that will observe nearly all water on Earths surface, according to NASA.

China's AG600M large amphibious aircraft secures new order

Chinas third AG600M aircraft completes its first test flight in Zhuhai City, south Chinas Guangdong Province, December 9, 2022. (Photo: CGTN)BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinas independently-developed AG600M large amphibious aircraft has secured a new order for five aircraft, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on Friday.AVIC General Huanan Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. and Jiangsu Xiangyue General Aviation Co., Ltd. on Thursday signed a purchase agreement for five AG600M firefighting aircraft, said the AVIC, the countrys leading plane-maker.The new order shows that the Chinese homegrown large amphibious aircraft model is taking concrete forward steps on the path of effective market entry, said the AVIC.The developer has fulfilled its target for the year in terms of both production and market for the AG600M, a full-configuration firefighting model belonging to Chinas AG600 large amphibous aircraft family.Prior to this, the developer had secured the first batch of orders for AG600M aircraft.In September 2022, AVIC General Huanan Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. signed the first batch of purchase agreements for four AG600M aircraft with Everbright Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., and signed an intent of purchase agreement for two AG600M aircraft with the HNCA Aviation Equipment Leasing Co., Ltd., respectively.

Spacewalk canceled after coolant leak on Soyuz MS-22 crew ship

Photo: CGTNSpacewalk conducted by cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin was canceled as mission controllers evaluate the impact of a coolant leak seen on the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship, according to NASA.The space station is in good condition and the Expedition 68 crew is safe.According to preliminary information, the outer cover of the Soyuz MS-22 manned spacecraft was damaged on Thursday, confirmed Russia’s space agency.

China credited with 4 of top 10 global engineering feats

A model of the Beidou Satellite Navigation System (Photo: Xinhua)Four major Chinese engineering feats are listed among this years Global Top Ten Engineering Achievements, according to the journal "Engineering", the flagship publication of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.The four projects are the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Chinas lunar exploration program and the Fuxing electric multiple unit high-speed train.The others on the list are COVID-19 vaccines, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Falcon heavy recoverable rocket, supersized public cloud computing platform, breakthroughs in solar energy and a new generation of electric vehicles.These achievements are major engineering projects or breakthroughs made in the last five years that have yielded great economic and social value. As a result, they represent the highest level of engineering science and technology in their respective fields.The list was created by a global panel of engineers and technicians. The process consisted of an international call for nominations and recommendations, public surveys and final screenings by a selection committee.

China launches new remote sensing satellite

(Photo: Xinhua)XICHANG, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- China has sent a new remote sensing satellite into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan.The satellite, Yaogan-36, was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 2:25 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Thursday, and entered its planned orbit successfully.The launch was the 455th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.

US scientists set to announce fusion energy breakthrough

This undated image provided by the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows the NIF Target Bay in Livermore, Calif.(File photo:AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was set to announce a “major scientific breakthrough” Tuesday in the decades-long quest to harness fusion, the energy that powers the sun and stars.Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it, something called net energy gain, according to one government official and one scientist familiar with the research. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the breakthrough ahead of the announcement.Granholm was scheduled to appear alongside Livermore researchers at a morning event in Washington. The Department of Energy declined to give details ahead of time. The news was first reported by the Financial Times.Proponents of fusion hope that it could one day produce nearly limitless, carbon-free energy, displacing fossil fuels and other traditional energy sources. Producing energy that powers homes and businesses from fusion is still decades away. But researchers said it was a significant step nonetheless.“It’s almost like it’s a starting gun going off,” said Professor Dennis Whyte, director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a leader in fusion research. “We should be pushing towards making fusion energy systems available to tackle climate change and energy security.”Net energy gain has been an elusive goal because fusion happens at such high temperatures and pressures that it is incredibly difficult to control.Fusion works by pressing hydrogen atoms into each other with such force that they combine into helium, releasing enormous amounts of energy and heat. Unlike other nuclear reactions, it doesn’t create radioactive waste.Billions of dollars and...

Chang'e-5 samples suggest exploitable water resources on the moon

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- By studying lunar samples retrieved by the Change-5 mission, Chinese scientists found that lunar soil grains retain more solar wind-implanted water at the middle latitude region than previously thought.This image taken from video animation at Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) on Dec. 2, 2020 shows Change-5 spacecraft landing on the moon. (File photo: Xinhua)Based on this finding, the scientists predict that there is a large amount of water resources available for utilization at the high latitude region of the moon.Scientists had previously discovered the presence of surficial water on the moon. They believed that solar wind implantation, volcanic outgassing, and asteroid/comet impacts are likely to be important sources of surficial water on the moon.But how does water reach and remain on the moon? How much water is in the lunar soil? How is the water distributed spatially? A study of the lunar soil samples returned by Chinas Change-5 mission has shed new light on these questions.The research team, jointly led by scientists from the National Space Science Center (NSSC) and the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG), both under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), published the new findings on Tuesday in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Lin Yangting, a researcher at the IGG who led the study, explained that the water they refer to is not water in the usual sense, but the structural water found in soil grains. Since hydrogen is one of the main components of water, the hydrogen concentration is usually used to express the water content.The research team selected 17 lunar soil grains, including olivine, pyroxene, plagioclase and glass, from Change-5 samples and carried out experimental analysis of the hydrogen content and isotopes using a newly-developed profiling technique on a nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometer.The scientists found that the average w...

China launches two space experiment satellites

JIUQUAN, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday launched a Long March-4C rocket, placing a pair of satellites in space.Photo: Peoples DailyThe rocket blasted off at 4:22 p.m. (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China and sent the satellites Shiyan-20A and Shiyan-20B into preset orbit.Shiyan means "experiment" in Chinese. The two Shiyan-20 satellites will be used for in-orbit verification of new technologies such as space environment monitoring.It was the 454th flight mission of the Long March series rockets, according to the launch center.

Free ride: DC unveils bold plan to boost public transit

A passenger is seen boarding a Metrobus in downtown Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Photo: AP)The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare for the District of Columbia and other major cities that public transit was a lifeline for essential workers and that even modest fares could be a burden to them. So the nation’s capital is introducing a groundbreaking plan: It will begin offering free bus fares to residents next summer.Other cities, including Los Angeles and Kansas City, Missouri, suspended fare collection during the height of the pandemic to minimize human contact and ensure that residents with no other travel options could reach jobs and services at hospitals, grocery stores and offices.But D.C.‘s permanent free fare plan will be by far the biggest, coming at a time when major cities including Boston and Denver and states such as Connecticut are considering broader zero-fare policies to improve equity and help regain ridership that was lost with the rise of remote and hybrid work. Los Angeles instituted free fares in 2020 before recently resuming charging riders. Lately LA Metro has been testing a fare-capping plan under which transit riders pay for trips until they hit a fixed dollar amount and then ride free after that, though new Mayor Karen Bass has suggested support for permanently abolishing the fares.Analysts say D.C.’s free fare system offers a good test case on how public transit can be reshaped for a post-pandemic future.“If D.C. demonstrates that it increases ridership, it reduces the cost burden for people who are lower income and it improves the quality of transit service in terms of speed of bus service, and reduces cars on the road, this could be a roaring success,” said Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute. “We just don’t know yet whether that would happen.”The $2 fares will be waived for riders boarding Metrobuses within the city limits beginning around July 1. In unanimously approving the plan last week, the D.C. Counci...

NASA's Orion spacecraft returns to Earth after moon mission

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- NASAs Orion spacecraft returned to Earth on Sunday after making an uncrewed mission around the moon.In this photo provided by NASA, the Earth and its moon are seen from NASAs Orion spacecraft on Nov 28, 2022. (NASA VIA AP)After 25.5 days in space and a 2.24-million-km journey around the moon, the Orion spacecraft splashed down off the coast of the U.S. state of California at 12:39 p.m. Eastern Time (1739 GMT) Sunday.Orion was launched onboard NASAs Space Launch System rocket on Nov. 16 from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Artemis I mission.The Artemis I flight test is an uncrewed mission around the moon that will pave the way for a crewed flight test and future human lunar exploration as part of NASAs Artemis lunar program.

Japanese company's lander rockets toward moon with UAE rover

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with a payload including two lunar rovers from Japan and the United Arab Emirates, lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (Photo: AP)A Tokyo company aimed for the moon with its own private lander Sunday, blasting off atop a SpaceX rocket with the United Arab Emirates’ first lunar rover and a toylike robot from Japan that’s designed to roll around up there in the gray dust.It will take nearly five months for the lander and its experiments to reach the moon.The company ispace designed its craft to use minimal fuel to save money and leave more room for cargo. So it’s taking a slow, low-energy path to the moon, flying 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Earth before looping back and intersecting with the moon by the end of April.By contrast, NASA’s Orion crew capsule with test dummies took five days to reach the moon last month. The lunar flyby mission ended Sunday with a thrilling Pacific splashdown.The ispace lander will aim for Atlas crater in the northeastern section of the moon’s near side, more than 50 miles (87 kilometers) across and just over 1 mile (2 kilometers) deep. With its four legs extended, the lander is more than 7 feet (2.3 meters) tall.With a science satellite already around Mars, the UAE wants to explore the moon, too. Its rover, named Rashid after Dubai’s royal family, weighs just 22 pounds (10 kilograms) and will operate on the surface for about 10 days, like everything else on the mission.Emirates project manager Hamad AlMarzooqi said landing on an unexplored part of the moon will yield “novel and highly valued” scientific data. In addition, the lunar surface is “an ideal platform” to test new tech that can be used for eventual human expeditions to Mars.Plus theres national pride — the rover represents “a pioneering national endeavor in the space sector and a historic moment that, if successful, will be the first Emirati and...

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NASA Orion capsule safely blazes back from moon, aces test

U.S. Navy divers secure NASAs Orion capsule during recovery operations after it splashed down in the Pacific off Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, concluding a 25-day test flight. (Photo: AP)NASA’s Orion capsule made a blisteringly fast return from the moon Sunday, parachuting into the Pacific off Mexico to conclude a test flight that should clear the way for astronauts on the next lunar flyby.The incoming capsule hit the atmosphere at Mach 32, or 32 times the speed of sound, and endured reentry temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius) before splashing down west of Baja California near Guadalupe Island. A Navy ship quickly moved in to recover the spacecraft and its silent occupants — three test dummies rigged with vibration sensors and radiation monitors.NASA hailed the descent and splashdown as close to perfect, as congratulations poured in from Washington..“Im overwhelmed,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said from Mission Control in Houston. “This is an extraordinary day ... Its historic because we are now going back into space — deep space — with a new generation.”The space agency needed a successful splashdown to stay on track for the next Orion flight around the moon, targeted for 2024 with four astronauts who will be revealed early next year. That would be followed by a two-person lunar landing as early as 2025 and, ultimately, a sustainable moon base. The long-term plan would be to launch a Mars expedition by the late 2030s.Astronauts last landed on the moon 50 years ago. After touching down on Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17′s Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent three days exploring the valley of Taurus-Littrow, the longest stay of the Apollo era. They were the last of the 12 moonwalkers.Orion was the first capsule to visit the moon since then, launching on NASA’s new mega moon rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16. It was the first flight of NASA’s new Artemis moon program, named after Apollo’s mythological twin siste...

NASA's Orion capsule splashes down in Pacific after lunar mission

NASAs Orion space capsule splashed down safely in the Pacific on Sunday, completing the Artemis-1 mission -- a more than 25-day journey around the Moon with an eye to returning humans there in coming years.NASAs unmanned Orion spaceship comes in for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California, Mexico, on December 11, 2022. (Photo: AFP)After hurtling through the Earths atmosphere at a speed of 40,000 kilometers per hour (25,000 mph), the uncrewed capsule floated down to the water with the help of three large red and white parachutes, as seen on NASA TV. After a few hours of tests, the vessel will be recovered by a US Navy ship in waters off the Mexican island of Guadalupe.

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