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The Milky Way glows with iridescent beauty above the Gobi grassland in Urad Rear Banner, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. [Photo/For chinadaily.com.cn]

>Ultra-high-energy cosmic accelerators

Chinese scientists have detected a dozen ultra-high-energy cosmic accelerators within the Milky Way, a find that could overturn humanity's understanding of the galaxy and help reveal the origin of cosmic rays, which have puzzled scientists for a century. The findings were based on the observations of China's Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory, one of the country's key national science and technology infrastructure facilities, which is under construction in Daocheng, in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

Scientists led by the Institute of High Energy Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences made the discoveries after an 11-month observation using the completed half of the installation.

One photon with an energy of 1.4 PeV was detected, the highest value ever observed by humans.

The new discoveries were published in Nature on Monday.

A man takes photos of the Hongling Mansion in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, on Sept 22, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Fixed-asset investment up 19.9%

China's fixed-asset investment went up 19.9 percent year-on-year in the first four months of this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. Fixed-asset investment amounted to 14.38 trillion yuan in the first four months, according to the NBS.

The double-digit growth was driven by a low base of comparison early last year when COVID-19 paralyzed economic activities in China.

Compared with the 2019 level, FAI growth came in at 8 percent during the Jan-April period.

Investment by the state sector went up 18.6 percent during the period, while private-sector investment rose 21 percent.

On a month-on-month basis, fixed-asset investment rose 1.49 percent in April.

The FAI includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on Sept 24, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>China hits 400M vaccine doses

China is working at full throttle to vaccinate its people against COVID-19, as over 400 million doses had been administered as of Sunday, according to daily updates by the National Health Commission, just nine days after the figure surpassed 300 million doses.

The accelerated mass vaccination drive has been partially spurred by the latest COVID-19 outbreaks in East China's Anhui province and Northeast China's Liaoning province.

Long queues were seen at multiple vaccination sites in Hefei, capital city of Anhui.

A temporary vaccination site has been set up in the Second Hospital of Anhui Medical University to meet surging demand since May 14.

The city of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning, has set up over 300 vaccination sites capable of administering 200,000 doses a day.

A mobile inoculation vehicle has appeared in Shenyang's downtown area, which can serve three people at the same time.


>Picasso painting sells for $103M

Pablo Picasso's Woman Sitting by a Window (Marie-Therese) sold Thursday for $103.4 million at Christie's in New York, the auction house said. The painting, completed in 1932, was sold for $90 million, which rose to $103.4 million when fees and commissions were added, after 19 minutes of bidding, Christie's said.

The sale confirms the vitality of the art market despite the COVID-19 pandemic - but also the special status of Picasso, who was born in 1881 and died in 1973.

Five works by the Spanish painter have now crossed the symbolic threshold of $100 million.

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