China is in a race for space resources. Its main competitor is NASA, which has plans to send a probe in 2022 that will attached itself to the asteroid Psyche in order to mine metals. China plans to bring an asteroid straight to Earth, although not so large. If Psyche can be brought to Earth, the cost of the resources extracted from it would be $10 quintillion, which would automatically depreciate the extraction of resources on Earth.
Lee Mintao, a scientist from the National Center for Space Studies at the CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences), proposed the idea of creating a spacecraft that could capture an asteroid and deliver it to Earth. Such technologies do not exist at the moment, but China has already started active development of a spacecraft. The main task will be to create a probe that could reduce the speed of the asteroid for a safe landing on Earth. Lee Mintao plans, with the help of resources extracted from the asteroid, not only to recoup the cost of the project, but also to make a profit. The scientist pans to create a new branch of industry — space resource extraction.
Marsis, which was installed on the Mars Express orbiter, has found liquid water in the south of Mars. The exact volume has not yet been established, but scientists suggest that the lake is up to 20km in diameter and at least 1 meter deep. Liquid water has previously been found on Mars, but it was just a consequence of the melting of glaciers. Despite the discovery of water on Mars, scientists are slow to draw conclusions about the existence of life on the red planet.
To keep water in a liquid state under the atmosphere of the planet it must contain a high concentration of magnesium, sodium, and calcium salts, which is not a favorable environment for supporting life. But scientists have not given up hope of finding living micro-organisms in the groundwater. However, the technology that would allow scientists to drill the surface of Mars and get to it does not currently exist. Scientists are now studying the newly discovered lake in order to more accurately determine its nature.
The recent scandal surrounding the production of nearly 350,000 fake vaccines against rabies, whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus in China has prompted start-ups to start developing technology to protect vaccines. Documents on vaccines were forged and production standards were violated. It is not yet known how many children suffered from vaccines manufactured in inadequate conditions, but a wave of indignation and parents’ refusal to vaccinate children has already swept through China until they can be sure of the authenticity of the medication.
YLZ Information, a company from Shenzhen, announced that it intends to use blockchain to track vaccines. Its shares rose by almost 10% after announcing this. However, there are skeptics who believe that blockchain technology is unreliable. The IT-company Tencent has also recognized blockchain as vulnerable and believes that the data can very easily be forged.