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China science, technology news summary -- Jan. 11


Xinhua
11 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

TURNING WATER HEAT INTO ELECTRICITY

Researchers at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, one of the country's rocket makers, have developed a type of insulated water bottle equipped with a thermoelectric chip that can turn water heat into electricity to charge a mobile phone.

The water bottle can provide 20 to 30 minutes of electricity after researchers poured 300 to 500 milliliters of boiling water into it.

VACCINATING 9 MILLION DOSES

China has administered more than 9 million doses of self-developed COVID-19 vaccines. A senior health official announced this at a press conference on Saturday.

Starting Dec. 15, China officially launched the COVID-19 vaccination program for this winter-spring period targeting a number of key groups, including those engaged in handling imported cold-chain products, customs officers, medical workers, and people working in public transport and fresh markets.

DISCOVERING NEW PLANT

Chinese researchers have discovered a new plant species of Globba in a nature reserve in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The new species, G. ruiliensis, is mainly distributed in the wet valleys at an altitude of 800 to 1,000 meters in the reserve. There are only two discovered clusters, with a population of more than 200 plants.

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