Saturday 16th February 2019

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    • Glass bridge opens to visitors in south China’s Guangdong Glass-bridge-opens-to-visitors-in-south-China's-Guangdong

      A 218-meter-long glass bridge in Baojing Palace of Yingde, a county-level city in south China’s Guangdong Province, opened to tourists on January 16. It is the first glass bridge in the province that is built over karst landscapes and a swan lake. Baojing Palace, meaning the palace of treasures and crystals in Chinese, is one of the oldest tourist attractions open to the public in Guangdong with a history of 35 years. It is renowned for its breathtaking scenery of karst caves that attract millions.    The Glass Bridge in Baojing of the Yingde city,Gaugdong province,South China The Glass Slide and...

    • India women: First female climbs sacred mountain India-women-First-female-climbs-sacred-mountain

      A woman has climbed a mountain in India, where only men were allowed until now for religious reasons. Dhanya Sanal’s ascent to the summit of Agasthyakoodam in southern Kerala state came after a court ruling in November. Local tribespeople oppose women climbing it because of its statue of a Hindu sage associated with celibacy. Ms Sanal, 38, told the BBC she had not been stopped by locals or protesters. Campaigners say it’s a victory in the fight to end gender discrimination. Ms Sanal said she had been “ready to turn back” if tribespeople stopped her, but while she did...

    • Check it out. What does the first plant on the Moon look like? Check-it-out-What-does-the-first-plant-on-the-Moon-look-like

      China’s Chang’e-4 probe successfully carried out its first biological experiment on the Moon’s far side, as the latest photo released by scientists at the Chongqing University on Tuesday showed that one of the cotton seeds, taken up to the Moon by the lunar exploration probe, has sprouted.  Aboard the lander of the Chang’e-4 spacecraft is a biological experiment payload, carrying six “passengers.”  Who are they? According to professor Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the biological experiment payload, the first “visitors” include seeds of potato, cotton, Arabidopsis, rapeseeds, as well as fruit flies pupae, and some yeast.  A micro-ecosystem in...

    • China to speed up national park pilot program China-to-speed-up-national-park-pilot-program

      China will push forward the construction of pilot national parks and draw a general plan for the development of national parks this year, according to the country’s forestry authorities. China will also set standards for building national parks, consolidate management and operation of pilot parks and conduct a comprehensive assessment of the pilot parks, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said in a statement. The construction of 10 pilot national parks made steady progress in 2018, the statement said. The administrations of the Giant Panda and Qilian Mountains national parks were inaugurated. The general plan for the Northeast China...

    • Research shows supernova may have caused extinction of Megalodon Research-shows-supernova-may-have-caused-extinction-of-Megalodon

      New research showed supernova which happened 2.6 million years ago may have touched off climate change and triggered mass extinctions of large ocean animals including Megalodon. There could have been one or a series of supernovae happened, some 150 light years away from the Earth, Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at the University of Kansas, told Xinhua.  Supernova is the explosion of a star that has reached the end of its life. It could briefly outshine entire galaxies and radiate more energy than the sun will in its entire lifetime. It is also the primary source of...

    • Archaeologists find 2,000-yr-old tombs in Inner Mongolia Archaeologists-find-2,000-yr-old-tombs-in-Inner-Mongolia

      Archaeologists announced that they discovered a 2,000-year-old tomb complex on the Xilin Gol Prairie, northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The site consists of 13 tombs from the Xianbei ethnic group, nomadic minorities that used to dominate northern China, according to the regional institute of cultural relics and archaeology. Most of the tombs contained wooden coffins, and colored drawings can be found on the exterior of some coffins. Eleven tombs date back to the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), and the remaining were from the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557). Archaeologists found most of the tombs had been raided. More...

    • Hastings dinosaur footprints exposed by cliff erosion Hastings-dinosaur-footprints-exposed-by-cliff-erosion1

      Dozens of well-preserved dinosaur footprints from at least 100 million years ago have been uncovered in East Sussex. At least seven different species were identified by University of Cambridge researchers during the past four winters following coastal erosion along the cliffs near Hastings. They range in size from less than 2cm to more than 60cm across, and are so well-preserved that even the skin, scales and claws are easily visible. There are more than 85 markings, all of which date from the early Cretaceous period.           A small theropod footprint The species include Iguanodon and...

    • New mission to explore bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole New-mission-to-explore-bottom-of-Belize's-Great-Blue-Hole

      Virgin billionaire Richard Branson joined a new mission to solve one of the most captivating mysteries of the ocean — what lies at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole in Belize? The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sinkhole in the world — a giant cavern measuring 300 meters (984 feet) across and around 125 meters deep. In 1971, underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau put the Blue Hole on the map when he first explored its depths. Nearly half a century later, despite becoming a scuba hotspot, the Blue Hole’s exact features remain mostly unknown. But Cousteau’s...

    • Winter has come: Ice seen traveling on Yellow River Winter-has-come-Ice-seen-traveling-on-Yellow-River

            People living along the Yellow River in northern China now have a visual sense of the season turning to winter. Hundreds of ice pieces have been spotted on the river’s Inner Mongolia section. Named “ling” by the locals, the ice is not only a signal of winter, but regarded as a troublemaker. As the weather in northern China gets colder, the size of the ice will grow significantly, ending up stacked at some narrow parts of the waterway. The ice will act as a dam and cause the river to rise, leading to potential flooding of...

    • World Building of the Year awarded to innovative Singapore housing complex World-Building-of-the-Year-awarded-to-innovative-Singapore-housing-complex

          A housing complex for senior citizens has beaten off flashier competition to be named “World Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which concluded in Amsterdam on Friday. Considered one of the industry’s top accolades, the award went to Kampung Admiralty in Singapore for its integration of public facilities, community space and over 100 apartments for the elderly. It was chosen from hundreds of shortlisted projects, which included Russia’s World Cup stadium, the Qatar National Library and the UK’s recently redeveloped London Bridge station. Located in Singapore’s north, the mixed-used development is set across less than a hectare of space. In addition to...