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Hsinchu Science Park Bureau Hosts Biotech Fair in Japan to Extend Bilateral Ties for Taiwanese Biomedical Manufacturers

A biotech delegation organized by Metal Industries Research and Development Centre and six high-tech medical equipment manufacturers (Medimaging Integrated Solution, Brain Navi Biotechnology Co, Advanced Biomedical Technology, General Biologicals Corporation, North-vision Technology, and Phalanx Biotech Group), led by Deputy Director-General Shu-Chu Chen of the Hsinchu Science Park Bureau, Ministry of Science and Technology, went to Tokyo for a business matching fair on Oct. 23, 2019. To enhance bilateral business ties and extend mutual market niches, the matching fair provided a one-on-one forum on Oct. 24. Participants of the fair from Japan included more than 10 Japanese companies from business and social care organizations. Participants of the fair gave positive feedback on the bilateral interaction. Doctor Nakagawa Shiro, also a member of the WTO Trade Dispute Resolution Committee and a distinguished Professor of Nagoya City University, expressed that the event held the most su..

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Chinas Ocean Waste Surges 27% in 2018: Ministry

BEIJING/SHANGHAI—China dumped a total of 200.7 million cubic meters of waste into its coastal waters in 2018, a 27 percent rise on the previous year and the highest level in at least a decade, the countrys environment ministry said on Oct. 29. The majority of the waste was dumped in the delta regions of the Yangtze and Pearl rivers, both major industrial zones on Chinas eastern coast, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said. “At the moment, there are some clear problems with the work on the marine ecological environment, with some regions not showing a lot of awareness or paying sufficient attention, and lacking strong initiative and dedication,” Huo Chuanlin, deputy director of the MEEs marine environment department, said at a briefing in Beijing. Environmental groups have expressed concern that China, desperate to clean up its own rivers, is dumping increasing amounts of trash in its seas instead. Of the 8.8 million tons of plastic waste that flows down the worlds “sma..

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Secretive Military Spaceplane Lands in Florida After Record-Long Orbital Flight

WASHINGTON—The Pentagons secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said. It caps the latest test mission for an array of military technologies. The unpiloted X-37B, built by Boeing Co., touched down on an airstrip at NASAs Kennedy Space Center at 3:51 a.m. ET after spending 780 days orbiting Earth as the Air Forces fifth flight mission under the Orbital Test Vehicle program, the Air Force said. The spaceplane, roughly the size of a small bus and sharing many design features with NASAs Space Shuttle, was sent into orbit in 2017 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The mission was managed by the Washington-based Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office to conduct various classified technology experiments in a long-duration space environment. “The X-37B continues to demonstrate the importance of a reusable spaceplane,” Barbara Barrett, the newly appointed Air Force secretary, said in a statement. “Each..

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Dutch Inventor Unveils Device to Scoop Plastic From Rivers

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands—Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas. The 25-year-old university dropout founded The Ocean Cleanup to develop and deploy a system he invented when he was 18 that catches plastic waste floating in the ocean. On Oct. 26, he unveiled the next step in his efforts: A floating solar-powered device that he calls the “Interceptor,” which scoops plastic out of rivers as it drifts past. “We need to close the tap, which means preventing more plastic from reaching the ocean in the first place,” he said, calling rivers “the arteries that carry the trash from land to sea.” Slats organization has drawn criticism in the past for focusing only on the plastic trash already floating in the worlds oceans. Experts say that some 9 million tons of plastic waste, including plastic bottles, bags, toys, and other items, fl..

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Worlds Best-preserved Dinosaur Mummy Was 3000lbs When Alive, Weighs 2500lbs After Ages

Scientists are hailing this prehistoric dinosaur as the “best-preserved dinosaur on Earth.” In fact, it is so well preserved that it cannot be defined as a fossil. This magnificent ancient 18-foot-long specimen has been called a genuine “dinosaur mummy.” اس پر ‏‎Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology‎‏ نے شائع کیا جمعہ، 10 مئی، 2019 On May 12, 2017, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada, unveiled a dinosaur exhibit: “We dont just have a skeleton,” Caleb Brown, a researcher at the museum, told National Geographic. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.” Since it was unearthed, it has kept its shape; its bones arent visible and even some of its innards are still intact. Researchers were amazed at the extent of the almost unparalleled degree of preservation. The dinosaur is so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago,” Jakob Vinther, a paleobiologist from the University of Bristol, said. “Ive never seen anything like this.”..

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Critics Analyze EPA Fuel Standards as California Continues Political Battle With Trump Over Regulations

The Trump Administration announced in September their decision to withdraw Californias waiver from the 2013 Clean Air Act. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao stated that the EPA is finalizing the “One National Program Rule” regarding fuel standards. A press release by the EPA stated that the policy will “enable the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles and light duty trucks.” The decision will remove Californias authority to set its own fuel emission standards which are currently higher than national standard. “Todays action meets President Trumps commitment to establish uniform fuel economy standards for vehicles across the United States, ensuring that no state has the authority to opt out of the nations rules, and no state has the right to impose its policies on the rest of the country,” said Chao during the press conference. Many..

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Going Fully Organic Would Drive Up Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

Greenhouse gas emissions would be driven up if the worlds agriculture were to be converted to organic farming, a new study suggests. Researchers from Cranfield University said that if England and Wales switched to a 100 percent organic diet, it would lead to an increase in carbon dioxide emissions, because methods used for organic farming take up a greater amount of land. Compared to conventional farming, greenhouse emissions could rise by 21 percent, the study found. The research, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, estimated that land in England and Wales would only be able to produce 60 percent of produce, meaning 40 percent of food would need to be sourced from overseas producers and imported. According to the research, while organic methods typically have lower carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions per unit of area farmed, the volume of food grown was 40 percent less compared to non-organic yields. “Organic farming necessarily requires more land to ..

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Stressed Pregnant Moms Are Less Likely to Have Boys, New Study Finds

Pregnant women are less likely to have boys if they experience physical and psychological stress, a new study has revealed. Researchers at the National Academy of Scientists found that stressed moms-to-be were less likely to give birth to boys and may also have a higher risk of preterm birth. “The womb is an influential first home,” lead author Catherine Monk, director of womens mental health in OB/GYN at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told CNN. “We do know that males are more vulnerable in utero, and presumably the stress in these women is of a long-standing nature,” Monk said. The study tracked 187 pregnant women, aged from 18 to 45, to determine how maternal prenatal stress influenced offspring neurodevelopment and birth outcomes. Researchers say that on average, nature typically assures around 105 boys are born for every 100 female births. However, the study found that four boys were born for every nine girls when the mother had high blood pr..

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Interstellar Interloper Is a Comet Resembling Those in Our Solar System

The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own. Astronomers on Monday provided some of the first details about the comet now hurtling toward the sun, saying it has a solid nucleus with a radius of about six-tenths of a mile (1 km), a cloud-like structure of dust and gas emitted by the nucleus, the telltale tail of a comet and a reddish color. First detected in August by an amateur astronomer named Gennady Borisov, it is called 2I/Borisov. The only previous interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system was a cigar-shaped rocky object called Oumuamua found in 2017. The comet was studied using telescopes in Hawaii and Spain. “Its properties determined so far—morphology, color, estimated size—are remarkably similar to the native solar system comets. This is important because it shows t..

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California Bans Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children

LOS ANGELES—A widely used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 9. Under the deal, all California sales of chlorpyrifos will end on Feb. 6, 2020, and farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust their supplies. The pesticide is used on numerous crops in the nations largest agriculture-producing state—including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, and walnuts. Grapes just picked are in a bin in Napa, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2014. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo) State regulators have said chlorpyrifos has been linked to health defects in children, including brain impairment, and to illnesses in others with compromised immune systems. “This is a big win for children, workers and public health in California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement after the deal was announced..

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