100% success: China’s Long March 3A rocket sends two BeiDou navigation satellites into orbit
China sent twin BeiDou-3 satellites into the Earth’s orbit through a single Long March 3B carrier rocket developed by the First Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd. on February 12. The launch was the 84th mission of the Long March 3A rocket family and its 27th mission for the BeiDou family.
SAST Service Cloud released to provide free services
Recently scientists and technicians can receive 10 global and local technological headline news and broadcasts, relevant notices and circulars at nation-level and city-level via mobile phones. After two years’ preparation, the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology (SAST) Service Cloud was launched on February 12 to provide free and timely information.
The SAST Services Cloud currently consists of eight modules, including sci-tech experts, research assistants, sci-tech job titles, sci-tech law consultancy, sci-tech activity, sci-tech community, sci-tech lecture, and sci-tech training. The app could be downloaded on PC and mobile phone, providing sci-tech information at home and abroad. Many quality resources will be made available to the public for the first time. It is reported that adhering to the principle of “freeing sci-tech workers from redundant works by utilizing big data”, the Service Cloud also provides functions like "sci-tech search", "sci-tech information", "patent protection", "science video", "reception" and "SAST family" to provide free services for Chinese sci-tech workers.
NASA tests space submarine for Titan’s seas in labs
Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) are helping NASA simulate the extreme conditions found on Saturn’s moon Titan, to see how a space submarine might perform there. NASA is planning a mission to Titan within the next 20 years.
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Blockchain meets genetic testing in startup Nebula Genomics
A new start-up called Nebula Genomics has released a white paper on its website offering people a way to cash in on their own genomes. Customers would pay to have their genome sequenced, but in return, would receive ownership of the data generated from it, which could then be sold by the customer to companies such as pharmaceutical manufacturers. Furthermore, transactions would occur using blockchain technology.
Amazon is developing AI chips to support its Echo devices and other hardware
Amazon is designing its own artificial intelligence (A.I.) chips to support their plethora of Echo devices, and other hardware powered by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. The chip is to make Alexa respond more quickly. Alexa will be able to handle certain tasks without ever sending a request to the cloud for processing.
Google makes its special A.I. chips available to third-party developers
日前，谷歌正式宣布Cloud TPU首次对外全面开放，价格为每个Cloud TPU每小时6.5美元。TPU是Tensor Processing Unit的缩写简称，是一种专用集成电路，也是Google自己开发的一款AI专用芯片，主要用于提高人工智能计算任务的执行效率。
Google said it would allow other companies to buy access to Cloud TPU. Usage is billed by the second and costs $6.50 per Cloud TPU per hour. TPU stands for Tensor Processing Unit, which is a type of integrated circuits and Google’s artificial intelligence-tailored chips. The TPUs are designed specifically for improving the efficiency of the company’s AI computing.
China is to launch its first small polar observation satellite this year
Recently, Beijing Normal University and the China Great Wall Industrial Corporation signed a cooperation agreement and jointly released the implementation plan of a small polar observation satellite (code: BNU-1). The satellite is expected to be launched around December 15, 2018. This is the first remote sensing satellite designed by Chinese universities to conduct scientific experiments on global change, especially on polar climate and environmental monitoring.
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CCTV Spring Festival Gala provides Ultra HD viewing experience, better than watching films
On February 12, CCTV announced at a briefing it will adopt a new technology in the CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala. It is reported that the Spring Festival Gala will utilize 4K resolution cameras to provide viewers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong and Guizhou provinces with Ultra HD viewing options on cable television's CCTV section.
Zhihu teams up with the original team of Brain King to develop a quiz miniprogram
Recently, Zhihu has launched two quiz apps, “King of Knowledge” on Zhihu App and “Zhihu Quize King” on Wechat. The former one is a market promotion activity officially launched by Zhihu, in which users can get money by answering the questions from February 12 to 19. While the latter is a brand new miniprogram developed jointly by Zhihu and the team of Brain King, which could be played by users for a long time.
Dow Chemical opens new Asia Pacific Digital Marketplace Center in Shanghai
The Dow Chemical Company, a world-renowned chemical corporation, declares that the Asia Pacific Digital Marketplace Center is officially launched, taking its digital transformation into a new stage. This move will make Dow and its clients in Asia Pacific more competitive and prepare Dow well to embrace new challenges of the digital era.
The Asia Pacific center is located in the Shanghai Dow Center at Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park. The center, which includes Dow Global R&D Center and Global Information Technology Support Center and Asia Pacific headquarter, is the company’s largest and best research institution outside America.
Supporting the dreams of our youth – reflection part four on Musk’s story
Commentator: Ke Jian
People want to know the secret of Elon Musk’s success after the historic launch of the Falcon Heavy. Few people know that Musk dreamed to build a space shuttle when he was a little boy. When he was young, he sometimes spent more than 10 hours a day reading science fiction, remembering precisely the exact value of perigee and apogee. At the age of 12, he created a game source code, which was inspired by space. At 18, Musk chose to study physics after immigrating to Canada from his birthplace South Africa. After that, he studied economics in University of Pennsylvania and received a degree from its Wharton School of Business. Musk never loses his interest in space as he grows older, even when it comes to choosing career. He sticks to his space dream, which is unrealistic in many people’s eyes. Even when he failed, he never gave up and always kept pursuing. Today, Musk finally realized his dream. But, would Chinese parents allow their children to pursue a space dream instead of concentrating on the schoolwork? Can our education system recognize students’ interest in space just like exam scores? Without good scores, can children get admitted into key schools? Cultivating children’s interest and stimulating their imagination and creativity is a long-term difficulty in the reform of education, and until now, we still don’t have an answer that can enable fundamental change. Elon Musk’s space dream is carefully fostered and supported by his parents, school and the whole society. We need to think reflect on and learn from it.