Top 10 international science stories of 2020
China has been taking action to prevent and tackle risks posed by inbound COVID-19 variants, according to a news briefing held by the State Council's inter-agency task force on Jan. 9.
A prototype high-speed train that uses high-temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev technology was unveiled in Chengdu, capital of China's southwest Sichuan province. The prototype marks a breakthrough in China's HTS high-speed maglev technology.
According to the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), important new progress has been made in the research of quantum communication and quantum networks. Taking advantage of high-quality entangled photon pair sources, scientists have realized long-distance quantum entanglement purification through 11 km fiber for the first time, with purification efficiency more than 6,000 times higher than the international level.
China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will in the next five years work to foster basic research through applications, strengthen the country's strategic sci-tech capabilities, and facilitate institutional reform, said Minister Wang Zhigang in Beijing on Tuesday.
Here we list China's top 10 scientific and technological accomplishments during 2020:
Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) announced plans to continue to strengthen research and strive for key breakthroughs in hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology, so as to provide strong technical support for the development of China's fuel cell commercial vehicle industry.
A team of experts from the Shenzhen Intellectual Property Rights Protection Center attended the 22nd China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province from Nov. 11-15. The team was present to carry out comprehensive intellectual property rights (IPR) services such as policy publicity and rights protection guidelines, as well as on-the-spot protection of IPR with law enforcement officers.
"What's important about research into the history of science and technology (S&T) is to reveal the laws and truths implied in historical materials in order to guide current development," said Han Qide at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Annual Conference of the Chinese Society for the History of Science & Technology (CSHST) last Saturday.
China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 had traveled more than 300 million kilometers by the early morning of Nov. 17, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
Four scientists shared their thoughts on how to best understand and practice the spirit of scientists in the new era and how to promote scientific and technological innovation.
The Technology Empowering the Future：China-Malaysia Think Tank and Media Cooperation Forum was held on January 15, 2021.Representatives from Chinese and Malaysian media think tanks and sci-tech enterprises conducted in-depth discussions on "Empowering the Future through Technology -- New Prospects for Digital Cooperation between Think Media in the 5G Era".
China held a ceremony in Beijing?for?honoring people fighting COVID-19 with national medals?on September?8.?To?know?more?about?the?international?reactions,?Science?and?Technology?Daily?Reporter?Zhang?Jiaxing?interviewed?Dr. Lawrence Banks?and Dr. Alessandro Marcello?from?International?Centre?Engineering?and?Biotechnology.