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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-11-17 16:53


>Snowmaking begins in Yanqing

Staff members work during a testing program for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to root out problems and accumulate data at the National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing District, Beijing, on Feb 23, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

With the 2022 Winter Olympics 80 days away, organizers have begun to make artificial snow at the National Alpine Skiing Center. The center, located in the Yanqing competition zone, is set to host the Alpine skiing competitions at Beijing 2022.

The snowmaking work is expected to last until mid-January.

A series of water-conserving and recycling designs have been put into place to optimize water usage for snowmaking, human consumption and other purposes, according to the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.

Around 90% of the snow used at the Alpine skiing venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was reportedly artificial, while artificial snow was also a feature of Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

The center is the first Olympic-standard Alpine ski venue in China with a maximum vertical drop of about 900 meters. It has seven slopes.


>China's FDI inflow up 17.8%

A worker counts Chinese currency renminbi at a bank in Linyi, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland, in actual use, rose 17.8% year on year to 943.15 billion yuan, in the first 10 months of the year, the Ministry of Commerce said Monday.

FDI into the services sector increased 20.3% year-on-year in the first 10 months, while high-tech industries saw the inflow of global capital jump 23.7% from the same period last year.

China saw investment from countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations surge by 30.7% and 29.5% year-on-year, respectively, from January to October, said the Ministry of Commerce.


>UK firm to trial a second-generation vaccine

People wait to board the coach after finishing quarantine, as Britain introduces a hotel quarantine programme for arrivals from a "red list" of 30 countries due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, Feb 26, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Oxfordshire-based company Emergex will soon start clinical trials of a second-generation vaccine against COVID-19, an easy-to-administer skin patch that uses T-cells to kill infected cells and could offer longer-lasting immunity than current vaccines. The vaccine will eventually be administered as a skin patch the size of a thumbnail bristling with micro-needles that release the shot within seconds.

It can last for up to three months at room temperature, unlike other jabs that need to be stored in the freezer or fridge.

Emergex has received the green light from the Swiss drugs regulator to conduct initial human trials in Lausanne starting on Jan 3.

Interim results from the trial are expected in June.


>Language group traced to millet farmers


A study combining linguistic, genetic and archaeological evidence has traced the origins of the family of languages including modern Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Mongolian and the people who speak them to millet farmers who inhabited a region in northeastern China about 9,000 years ago.
一项综合了语言学、基因学和考古学证据的研究发现,现代日语、韩语、土耳其语和蒙古语等同一语系的语言以及说这些语言的人,都起源于大约 9000 年前在中国东北地区种植粟的古代农民。

The findings detailed on Wednesday document a shared genetic ancestry for the hundreds of millions of people who speak what the researchers call Transeurasian languages across an area stretching more than 8,000 km.

This language family's beginnings were traced to Neolithic millet farmers in the Liao River valley, an area encompassing parts of the Chinese provinces of Liaoning and Jilin and the region of Inner Mongolia.

As these farmers moved across northeastern Asia, the descendant languages spread north and west into Siberia and the steppes and east into the Korean peninsula and over the sea to the Japanese archipelago over thousands of years.


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