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Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

Jan 23, 2014

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

A spate of bird flu cases since the beginning of the year in China has experts watching closely while millions of people and poultry are on the move ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the world’s largest annual human migration. China has reported ...

Thick miasmas choke opportunities in Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2014

Thick miasmas choke opportunities in Hong Kong

The New Year has revived old problems for Hong Kong as a murky smog has blanketed the usually glittering skyline, fueling complaints from locals and visitors alike, and raising pressure on the government to act. Tourists expecting to take holiday snaps from the famous ...

In shift, China, U.S. space cooperation picks up steam

Jan 12, 2014

In shift, China, U.S. space cooperation picks up steam

China — which until now has worked alone as it pursues an ambitious space program — seems more open to international cooperation, especially with the United States, European and American experts say. “There is a change in the Chinese attitude, with a call for ...

Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

Dec 25, 2013

Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades. The findings ...

China manages soft landing on moon

Dec 15, 2013

China manages soft landing on moon

China completed the first soft landing on the moon’s surface in 37 years Saturday, becoming only the third country to pull off the feat. State television showed scientists in white and pale blue coats applauding, shaking hands and congratulating each other after the craft, ...

China safely soft-lands rover on the moon

Dec 14, 2013

China safely soft-lands rover on the moon

State media say China on Saturday evening safely carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. State television showed pictures of the moon’s surface as the Chang’e 3 lander touched down. The lander carries ...

Dec 5, 2013

Freshwater basins lie under seabed

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves beneath the ocean floor that could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia’s Flinders University, said that an estimated 500,000 cu. km of low-salinity water ...

China launches its first moon rover mission

Dec 2, 2013

China launches its first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang’e 3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1:30 a.m., the official broadcaster CCTV ...