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China is using furnaces to manufacture 10 billion tons of rain

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China is using furnaces to manufacture 10 billion tons of rain

In an effort to solve some of the country's water shortage problems, China is building tens of thousands of chemical rainmakers. The goal: manufacture 10 billion tons of rainfall on the Tibetan Plateau. The silver iodide furnaces developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (or CASC) will be placed on Himalayan mountains at altitudes above 16,400 feet. These "cloud seeders" encourage puffs of vapor coming from the Indian Ocean to produce rain, something they don't do on their own given the geography of the northern part of the Tibetan Plateau and the Qaidam Basin. Those northern areas fall...

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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Center

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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Center

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world’s largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as a core facility for the country’s long-awaited brain project—China’s version of the high-profile brain-science initiativesunder way elsewhere in the world. The Chinese Institute for Brain Research was officially established in Beijing on 22 March, with an agreement signed by representatives of the Beijing municipality and seven research organizations based in the capital. The agreement named two neuroscientists—Peking University’s Rao Yi and Luo Minmin of the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing—as co-directors. The...

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Chinese Space Station Tiangong 1 Falls to Earth

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Chinese Space Station Tiangong 1 Falls to Earth

China’s prototype space station, whose name translates as “Heavenly Palace 1,” met a fiery end in Earth’s atmosphere Sunday (April 1), breaking apart and burning up in the skies over the southern Pacific Ocean at about 8:16 p.m. EDT (0016 April 2 GMT), according to the U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC). “The JFSCC used the Space Surveillance Network sensors and their orbital analysis system to confirm Tiangong-1’s re-entry,” U.S. Air Force officials wrote in a statement. Some pieces of the school-bus-size Tiangong-1 almost certainly survived the fall, but the odds that they caused any damage or...

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Satellite Photos Reveal Gigantic Chinese Fleet of More Than 40 Ships at Sea

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Satellite Photos Reveal Gigantic Chinese Fleet of More Than 40 Ships at Sea

A fleet of private satellites recently picked up an extraordinary sight in the middle of the South China Sea: a parade of more than 40 warships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy sailing in formation. The exercise was likely meant as a show of force to China’s neighbors, many of whom contest the country’s territorial claims. The photos also demonstrate the usefulness of commercial space in monitoring military developments worldwide, even in the most remote places. The images show a total of 43 ships steaming in a long line, two abreast, somewhere in the South China Sea. The only...

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Telescope Spots Doomed Chinese Space Station

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Telescope Spots Doomed Chinese Space Station

With just a few days left before China's Tiangong-1 space station is expected to come crashing down on Earth, astronomers captured this incredible view of the derelict craft zooming through space. The Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, together with the Tenagra Observatory in Arizona, used a robotically controlled telescope to provide live views of the space station during a webcast this morning (March 28). In this view from the webcast, Tiangong-1 is gleaming as the sun reflects off the spacecraft's surface and faint star trails streak across the background. Capturing the out-of-control space station "was an extremely difficult task" due...

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