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China Announces Ambitious Plans To Reach Mars By 2020

“Our overall goal is that, by around 2030, China will be among the major space powers of the world.”

China is currrently setting its sights at dominating the space race in the next decade. Several news reports have recently confirmed this as the country unveiled its ambitious plans to land on the moon by 2018 and to reach Mars at least by 2020.

Information about these plans were revealed by China’s space agency during a press conference.

Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of the National Space Administration, shared that Beijing is hoping to launch its first Mars probe by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration.

Source: CNN

This will soon be followed by another mission that would collect surface samples from the red planet.

Wu even added that the country also has plans of sending probes to Jupiter and its moons. She said:

“Our overall goal is that, by around 2030, China will be among the major space powers of the world.”

It is, of course, public knowledge that China is a latebloomer when it comes to space exploration.

Source: CNN

They only sent their space satellite into space in 1970 after the United States sent the first man on the moon.

However, the country has since aggressively poured huge amounts of money towards research and training. Since 2003, China has landed a rover on the moon, launched a space lab, and has sent five crews into space, cementing its name to be the third country in the world to achieve the same feat.

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This Amazing Korean Rolling Barrier System Will Save Millions of Lives

Road safety is a huge concern and Korea’s road barriers look like a great solution towards preventing accidents.

Did you know that up to 1.25 million people die due to road accidents each year? One means of preventing this is installing strong metal bars or guardrails along the side of the road to deflect vehicles back into the roadway. However, the performance of these guardrails is affected by the size and speed of the vehicle that crashes into it.

In order to address this problem, South Korean company ETI (Evolution in Traffic Innovation) has designed a barrier system that not only absorbs impact energy, but converts it into rotational energy. When a vehicle hits the barrier, the rotational energy propels it forward instead of completely stopping it, thus lessening the potential injury of the people in the vehicle.

The rolling barrier keeps the vehicle slowly still in motion, thus preventing it from coming to a complete and abrupt stop.

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Scientists Invent New Device That Can Diagnose 17 Diseases With a Single Breath

Is this the future of diagnosis?

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Screening for some 17 diseases has never been this fast and efficient.

A device invented by a multinational team of scientists can detect 17 diseases through analyzing patterns of exhaled molecules. The technique of assessing a patient's breath to diagnose an illness is an ancient practice, dating back from about 400 BC. Physicians then can determine a patient's disease based on the odor of one's breath or of the body fluids.

The team, led by scientist and engineer Hossam Haick from Technion−Israel Institute of Technology, notes that:...

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Scientists Compare Matter and Antimatter for the First Time Using Light Spectrum

Does antimatter matter?

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Theory suggests that when the Big Bang occurred, equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created. However, such matter-antimatter symmetry is being challenged as the amount of matter in the universe is considered to exceed that of antimatter.

We all know that matter is anything that occupies space and has mass. Antimatter, on the other hand, is the counterpart of matter. An atom is composed of a positively-charged nuclei called proton and is orbited by negatively-charged particles called electrons. In the case of the antimatter, it's the other way around. An atom of an antimatter consists of a negatively-charged nuclei called antiproton and positively-charged electrons called positrons. Now, in spite of being counterparts, matter and antimatter may have a permanent hate-and-only-hate type of relationship, as both will be annihilated once they come in contact with each other and result in the release of a significant amount of energy.

An antihydrogen atom trapped by scientists in 2010.

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