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An aerial view of FAST. [Photo /Xinhua]

>FAST telescope detects 509 new pulsars

Using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, also dubbed the "China Sky Eye," scientists have identified 509 new pulsars, which is more than four times the total amount of pulsars identified by other telescopes around the world.

Located in a naturally deep and round karst depression in Southwest China's Guizhou province, FAST started formal operations in January 2020. It is believed to be the world's most sensitive radio telescope.

Based on data collected by FAST, scientists have published over 120 papers.

With the help of the advanced telescope, Chinese research teams have become a key force in studying fast radio bursts.



>Olympic lantern symbolizes Chinese philosophy

A red lantern carrying the 2022 Winter Olympics flame that arrived in Beijing this October has drawn much attention for its delicate designs.

The lantern was inspired by the ancient Changxin Palace Lantern. "Changxin" means eternal faith in Chinese.

Originating from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-25 AD), the Changxin Palace Lantern has an exquisite, environmentally friendly design, in keeping with the concept of a green Olympics.

The flying red ribbon design of the upper part of the lantern symbolizes the passion of the winter event.

The lantern’s structure uses renewable aluminum alloy and its lampshade features double-layer glass, ensuring the flame won't go out in low temperatures, severe cold or strong winds.


[Photo by Chen Zhongqiu/For China Daily]

>Livestreaming host fined for tax evasion

Top livestreaming host Huang Wei, better known as Viya, has been fined 1.34 billion yuan for tax evasion, the latest step in stronger regulation of the booming livestreaming e-commerce industry.

Between 2019 and 2020, Huang evaded 643 million yuan in tax by concealing her personal income and falsely declaring the nature of her income while failing to pay 60 million yuan in other taxes, according to a statement released on Monday by the Hangzhou taxation bureau in Zhejiang province. According to the law, Huang was fined 1.34 billion yuan, including tax payments and overdue fines, the statement said.



>South Korea bans gatherings of 5 or more

South Korea has prohibited private social gatherings of five or more people nationwide and forced restaurants to close at 9 pm, rolling out the country's toughest coronavirus restrictions.

The new measures will be enforced for at least 16 days after taking effect on Saturday.

Schools in the densely populated capital Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, where the virus has hit hardest, have also gone back to remote learning after fully reopening in November.

South Korea reported 5,202 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as of midnight Monday, raising the total to 575,615.

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